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HITS is a Hit For Skyland Farm

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Emma Pell and Ari 55 with, from left, Orlando Cruz, Zone 3 Chef d’Equipe Sandra Ruiz and Skyland Assistant Trainer Chiara Carney

The Skyland Farm team traveled to HITS-on-the-Hudson IV in Saugerties, New York, July 19-23 for the show, which also included the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.

In their first appearance on the tour, Emma Pell and Ari 55 competed on the Zone 3 Children’s Jumper team. They ended with a bang, winning the NAJYRC Children’s Jumper Farewell competition.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55 won the Children’s Farewell Class

“I’m proud of Emma. She had a super finish for her first young riders tour,” said trainer Denice Perry.

“I want to also send a big congratulations to Skyland summer resident Virginia Bonnie and Captiva. They were members of the winning Zone 10 Children’s team and took home the gold medal!” added Denice. “Virginia also finished fourth in the individual competition that finished Sunday. She rode great, finishing with clean rounds over very big and technical courses.”

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Virginia Bonnie and Captiva

Skyland’s Leslie Kopp also traveled to New York, making the long trip worthwhile. She guided Gone Country and Griffin to a sweep of the championship and reserve championship honors in the Adult Amateur, 50 and Over section.

Earlier in the month, Skyland Farm riders and horses captured top honors at HITS Culpeper Showday National and the Warrenton Pony Show in Virginia, respectively.

Highlights included Virginia Bonnie topping the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal flat with Jelti JS, while Mosie Pennington and Oh Good Night earned the reserve championship in the Short Stirrup Equitation section. Michele Trufant’s Itchy Garrett tied for the .90m Jumper championship, while Emma Pell and Amelie tied for championship honors in the 1.0m Jumpers.

 

 

Skyland Claims Top Ribbons During Upperville and Loudoun Benefit

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Emma Pell and Amelie

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed two great weeks showing in their backyard, with the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit Horse Show taking place just down the road in Upperville, Virginia, from June 5-18 and the Grafton and Salem Farm Showgrounds.

From the Short Stirrup to the the Amateur-Owner Hunters to the Junior Jumpers, Skyland Farm riders took home championships and top ribbons to their home base in Middleburg.

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Virginia and Shelby Bonnie with Captiva

Highlights during Upperville included a variety of blue-ribbon results, including trainer Denice Perry’s 5-year-old homebred C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) who jumped clear in the NAYJDP Intro To Show Jumping and 1.0m Schooling Jumper classes.

Emma Pell also guided her jumpers to top ribbons, riding Amelie to victory in a Low Children’s Jumper class and Ari 55 to second place in a High Children’s Jumper class. She also earned ribbons on both in their respective NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics.

In the hunters, Leslie Kopp earned top ribbons aboard Gone Country in the competitive 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section, and Virginia Bonnie rode Jelti JS to excellent placings in the Large Junior, 15 and under, section and also won the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal class.

During the Loudoun Benefit, once again Skyland riders garnered top ribbons in the hunters, jumpers and equitation.

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Mosie Pennington with her parents, Laura and Ed

Highlights included tricolors for Mosie Pennington and Oh Good Night in the Short/Long Stirrup and Emma Pell and Cedilo in the 2’3″ USHJA Hunter section. Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie earned the reserve championship in the hotly contested Thoroughbred section with Chiara Carney in the irons.

Emma also guided Ari 55 to an impressive second place in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic, along with top ribbons in the High Children’s Jumper section. Leslie Kopp  earned excellent placings aboard Dolce Vita in the Adult Amateur Jumpers, including fifth in the Adult Jumper Classic.

After taking ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section at Upperville with Prime Time, Michele Trufant guided her young Thoroughbred jumper Itchy Garrett to impressive clear rounds in the .80 and .90m jumpers at Loudoun.

 

 

 

Skyland Farm Stars at Lexington Spring Premiere

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team made their Virginia spring show season debut during the Lexington Spring Premiere, held April 26-30 at the Virginia Horse Center.

It was ribbons galore from Short Stirrup to the Young Jumpers, and the result of horses and riders taking what they learned over the winter on the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit (Florida) or doing their homework at home and applying their skills to a new show season.

Emma Pell continued her success from WEF by earning the High Children’s Jumper championship and reserve titles aboard Ari 55 and Amelie, respectively. Emma and Amelie won the two section classes, with Ari placing second in both. Then, Ari won NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic to capture the tricolor.

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Leslie Kopp and Dolce Vita

Leslie Kopp and Dolce Vita, a newer partnership formed in Florida, showed their consistency by earning ribbons in all the Low Adult Jumper classes they contested. A highlight was their second-placed finish in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Stake.

Leslie’s Gone Country didn’t go unnoticed in the Hunter rings. With resident professional Chiara Carney aboard, Gone Country took top ribbons in the Green Hunter 3’9″/HP Hunters and also captured excellent ribbons in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, section with Leslie.

Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie started the 2017 show seasons with a bang, sweeping the Thoroughbred Hunter section with Chiara in the irons. Ollie won all three classes and also had a nice third-placed performance in the Special Hunters.

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Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie

Mosie Pennington and Your Truly collected a multitude of ribbons, from the Pleasure, Equitation and Short Stirrup sections, including three blue ribbons.

Trainer Denice Perry showed her 5-year-old homebred C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) to impressive rounds in the NAYJDP Intro to Show Jumping classes, where he jumped clear, and they also earned first- and second-placed ribbons in the .85/.90m Jumpers.

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Mosie Pennington and Yours Truly

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Skyland Success Continues in Florida

The Skyland Farm  team continued on collecting great ribbons and fun memories during the Deeridge Hunter and Jumper Derby, March 1-5 in Wellington, Florida.

Highlights were Leslie Kopp’s Bethany and rider Chiara Carney taking ninth place in the $5,000 Deeridge Hunter Derby. “She was in super company, and they where both great!” said trainer Denice Perry of the field of 40 competitors.

Emma Pell on Ari 55 jumped to an impressive second in the 1.15m Deeridge Jumper Derby. “The class was open to everyone, and Ari and Emma jumped without faults,” said Denice. “I was so proud of them for being faultless and so fast. They were awesome. Emma also received an eighth-placed ribbon on Amelie in the 1.10m jumpers on Saturday and Ari was fifth.”

To watch Emma and Ari in action, please click here.

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A special congratulations to Virginia Bonnie for her awesome results on the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit in California. Winner of three $2,500 M&S/NAL High Children’s Jumper Classics with Captiva, blue ribbon in the USEF Talent Search Medal 2* and victory in the $1,000 Children’s/Adult Speed Classic. Way to go!

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Debuts and Blues at WEF 2

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After a successful first week on the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, Emma Pell continued her winning ways and also moved up a level in the jumpers, for a gratifying Week 2, held January 18-22 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55 with trainer Chiara Carney.

Emma and Ari 55 placed first in the Low Children’s Jumpers (in a class of 61 competitors) and then moved up to the High section, where they earned an impressive fourth at 1.15m in the High Children’s Jumper classic.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

Emma also jumped to second place aboard Amelie in the Low Children’s Jumper Classic in a field of 55 entries.

“It was a great week for Emma! She even did the High Children’s Jumper speed class on Amelie,” said trainer Denice Perry. “I think she’s really found her niche in the jumpers, and the consistency in her riding has improved tremendously.”

Leslie Kopp joined the Skyland Farm team in the show ring this week, riding her Gone Country in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunters. She also received blue ribbon clears in the .95 Training Jumpers with Cardine for an excellent start to the circuit.

Skyland Farm also congratulates client Virginia Bonnie for her success on the HITS Desert circuit in California. During Week 1, Virginia won the Marshall & Sterling High Children’s Jumper Classic aboard Captiva, earned great ribbons in her equitation debut aboard Jelti JS and guided Blue A Kiss to top placings in the Large Pony Hunters.

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Leslie Kopp and Cardine relaxing between jumper classes.

WEF 1 Was Wonderful

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Emma Pell and Amelie with trainers Denice Perry and Chiara Carney after winning the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic

Skyland Farm riders and horses enjoyed a great start during Week 1 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, held January 11-15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Emma Pell and Amelie earned the Low Children’s Jumper championship and won the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic. Most impressively, Emma’s victories came with 65 entries in the jumper section and 60 in the Classic. She also placed fourth in the Classic aboard Ari 55 for two impressive ribbons.

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Emma Pell and Amelie

“Emma rode beautifully,” said trainer Denice Perry. “I think she’s found her calling in the jumper ring. After such a fantastic start, I think Emma may move up to the Children’s Jumpers in few classes next week. It was a tremendous way to start the circuit.”

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Emma Pell and Amelie earned the Low Children’s Jumper Championship

 

Emma Pell’s Memorable Year

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Skyland Farm congratulates Emma Pell for a most amazing 2016 show season aboard her ponies and horses!

2016 Year-End Awards Included:

–WCHR Mid Atlantic Region Champion – Pony

— Virginia Horse Shows Association —

  • VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Champion
  • Small Pony Hunter Champion – Forget Me Not
  • Medium Pony Hunter Champion – Checkmate

— Maryland Horse Show Association —

  • Pony Medal Champion
  • Small Pony Hunter Champion and Grand Pony Hunter Champion – Forget Me Not
  • Medium Pony Hunter Champion – Checkmate

We congratulate you and wish you the best of luck in 2017!

Skyland Concludes a Successful Show Season at RMI Raleigh Benefit

 

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The Skyland Farm team traveled to the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse Show, November 16-20 in North Carolina, and finished the 2016 show season with a combination of amazing results and lots of fun.

A highlight of the week was Friday night’s Rotating Pair Relay, where Emma Pell and Chiara Carney entertained the spectators with not only their costumes but also their exciting performance. Emma was the “robber” on Amelie and Chiara was the “cop” riding Ari 55, and they switched off jumping the course in a relay fashion without faults to finished second to winners Tracy Magness and Wendy Libert who rode as simple pleasures “pizza” and “beer.” It was a great class and so much fun for everyone!

“I’ve never seen Chiara go that fast and leave strides out,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Emma rode so well, too, and they made a formidable team. It was such a great class and everyone enjoyed it so much.”

Emma continued her streak in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers where she won two classes and earned the championship aboard Amelie. Emma also took excellent ribbons riding Ari 55.

“Emma and Amelie are a relatively new partnership, but they’ve already clicked,” said Denice. “They’re an amazing team, go so fast and love each other.”

Leslie Kopp concluded her banner show season with more accolades in the jumper and hunter rings. She earned ribbons in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers aboard Cardine and also picked up placings with Carduzo as well.

Leslie’s time in the hunter ring was especially memorable at RMI for her victory in the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic and championship honors in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter section with Gone Country. Earlier in the week, Chiara Carney also piloted Gone Country to the tricolor in the Green/High Performance Hunters for an especially rewarding week for the elegant bay.

Leslie also earned excellent prizes in the same section aboard Fenwick, who also took home championship honors in the 3’6″ Performance Hunters with Chiara.

Michele Trufant and her longtime partner Prime Time captured championship honors in the Adult Amateur, 36 and over, section with consistent results in every single class. Michele also brought her up-and-coming Thoroughbred Dancing Ollie for some show experience with Denice in the irons, and he was rewarded with the TIP High-Point Thoroughbred Hunter Award. Ollie also earned the reserve championship in the Training Hunters.

Denice and Clifton Farms LLC’s Jelti Js made their USHJA International Hunter Derby debut at RMI, taking fifth place overall after claiming sixth in the Classic Round and fourth in the Handy Round. “She was really fun,” said Denice. “I think she’ll have a super future with Virginia Bonnie in the Large Juniors and equitation classes this winter in Thermal, California. I wish them the best of luck. She’s a special mare!”

Middleburg Classic Champion

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Leslie Kopp and Gone Country collecting their championship from Caroline Moran. (Photo by Teresa Ramsay)

Although Leslie Kopp and Gone Country have just started their show ring career together, their performances at the Middleburg Classic, held September 21-15, were rock solid. The pair won two blue ribbons in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, section and added more top ribbons to earn the show championship.

“We are so happy for Leslie and her new mount Gone Country!” said trainer Denice Perry. “We all wish her the best of luck in the future. They are a great partnership, and it’s wonderful that they started out their time together with such great results at this special show.”

Gone Country also earned impressive ribbons in the First Year Green Hunter section with Skyland resident professional Chiara Carney, and Chiara also piloted Leslie’s Fenwick to seventh place in the $5,000 Middleburg Hunter Classic as well as ribbons in the Performance Working Hunter 3’6″ section.

“It was a great way for Leslie and Gone Country to begin, and I couldn’t be happier for her,” added Denice. “Leslie works so hard and is dedicated to the sport, and I’m thrilled that she’s found a great new partner.”