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Skyland Excels Under the Oaks


Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed two beautiful weeks in early June under the oaks at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit Horse Show in Upperville, Virginia.

The picturesque show grounds, located just minutes from Skyland’s home base in Middleburg, allowed for lots of fun and socializing as well as ribbon-winning performances.

During Upperville, highlights included Emma Pell’s top results in the High Children’s Jumpers aboard Ari 55. The pair ended the week tied for the reserve championship. They continued the momentum into Loudoun, where they earned top ribbons and placed fifth in the NAL/WIHS High Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic after going first in the class and setting an impressive pace.


Leslie Kopp and Dolce Vita

Leslie Kopp and Fenwick also earned a tricolor, taking a reserve championship in a section of the Local Hunter Owner/Rider division. The pair also returned for ribbons in the Adult Amateur Hunter, 50 and over section, and Leslie also piloted Griffin to excellent ribbons in the same division in a competitive field. Fenwick showed his talents during Loudoun as well, winning the Performance Working Handy Hunter over fences class with Chiara Carney in a class of more than 30 entries.

Leslie enjoyed her time in the jumpers as well, riding El Cano and Dolce Vita to ribbons in the Adult Amateurs


Michele Trufant and Prime Time

Michele Trufant and Prime Time also earned excellent ribbons in the Local Hunter Owner/Rider section and, like Leslie, they accrued ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section. Michele also showed her prowess in the Jumpers, riding Itchy Garrett to multiple ribbons in a variety of classes, including the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumpers.

During Loudoun, Michele and Itchy earned the reserve championship in the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumpers and also placed second in the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumper Classic to round out a wonderful show.

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena jumped to ribbons in the Low Adult Amateurs and Schooling Jumpers, including many clear rounds during both weeks.


Emma Pell, Judith Hahn and Twizzler

It was a clean sweep in the performance classes for Judith Hahn’s Twizzler in the Green Pony Hunter section during Loudoun. Under Emma’s expert guidance, Twizzler won every class and earned the Grand Pony Championship as well as the section championship. Emma also piloted Thora Pollak’s lovely Rebel Yell to wins in the Medium Pony Hunter section, with victories in the model as well as over fences and in the Pony Hunter Classic.

Emma also made her presence known in the big equitation classes. She guided F15 to ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay, WIHS, Platinum Performance Talent Search and the VHSA Medal, to name a few.

Mosie Pennington and her ponies Yours Truly and Dreamscape picked up ribbons both weeks, with Mosie making her regular pony debut in the Smalls with Dreamscape during Loudoun and winning a ribbon in every class.


Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

“We had a great two weeks of showing,” said trainer Denice Perry. “We had a wonderful group of riders and horses, and everyone enjoyed spending time together and cheering each other on. They do a fantastic job with these two horse shows, and we’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend this time in our own backyard enjoying Virginia’s amazing hunt country and showing here.”



Skyland Rocks at Blue Rock


Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team traveled north of the Mason-Dixon line from May 16-20 to attend the Blue Rock Classic at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, and returned home with ample rewards.

Emma Pell sped to some impressive placings aboard Ari 55, including second-place honors in the NAL/M&S High Children’s Jumper Classic. Emma took it down a notch aboard F15 for a well-deserved win in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal class. The pair also earned ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay, the Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal and the THIS Medal for a successful show.

Emma also made her presence known in the ponies, guiding Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell to the Medium Pony Hunter reserve championship. “The little guy had to wait all day to finally show at 8 p.m., Saturday night,” said Emma’s mother, Kristi. “He deserved that hug!”


Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

Mosie Pennington added her own tricolor to the Skyland Farm banner with the Pre-Children’s Hunter Pony championship aboard William Barr’s Dreamscape. She also earned top ribbons aboard her own Yours Truly in the same section.

Leslie Kopp rode her Jumpers Dolce Vita and El Cano to nice ribbons in the 1.05 and 1.10 Schooling Jumpers during the week to avoid the poor weather conditions over the weekend.

Chiara Carney guided Leslie’s Fenwick and Griffin to ribbons in the 3’3” Performance Hunters, and she also piloted Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie to several blue ribbons in the 2’9” Hunter classes.


Danielle DeRisio and Cirena

Cirena made her post-foal debut a successful one, carrying Danielle DeRisio to fourth place in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic! Danielle also reminisced with her first pony “Radish,” many years later.


Lexington Spring Success Continues For Skyland


The Lexington Spring Premiere and Encore Horse Shows brought lots of fun and success for Skyland Farm riders and horses.

Week 2 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington featured championship honors for Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell and Emma Pell for the second consecutive week. They earned two blues over fences, won the under saddle and placed second twice over fences for the tricolor.

Emma and F15 captured excellent ribbons in the equitation division. Emma placed an impressive second in the WIHS Jumper Phase after taking fourth in the Hunter Phase. With her scores combined, she placed third overall in the WIHS. She also earned second in the USHJA 3’3″ Jumper Seat Medal and captured top ribbons in the USEF Dover Hunter Seat Medal and VHSA/EMO Medal classes.

Emma and Ari 55 continued their blue-ribbon streak in the High Children’s Jumpers and also earned the section reserve championship with a win in the speed class and two other top ribbons.


Michele Trufant and her beautiful Thoroughbred Dancing Ollie returned to the show ring after a winter break and didn’t miss a beat. Their consistent performances garnered them ribbons in the Special Adult Hunter and the Low Thoroughbred Hunter sections for a great start to the show season.

Leslie Kopp and her hunters and jumpers continued to make their presence known. Leslie and Dolce Vita earned ribbons in the Low Adult Jumpers, and Leslie’s Fenwick jumped to excellent ribbons with Chiara Carney in the irons in the Low Hunters.



Skyland Springs Into Success at Lexington Spring Premiere


Emma Pell and Twizzler

Despite a few rainy days, the Skyland Farm team shined brightly during the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund Lexington Spring Horse Show, held April 25-29 in Lexington, Virginia.

Emma Pell starred in the Pony and Jumper rings, capturing the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter Championship and the Grand Green Pony title with Judith Hahn’s Twizzler. The pair won four out of the five section classes, and Emma was also named one of the Exhibitors of the Day by the show management!

Emma also guided Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell to the reserve championship in the Medium Pony Hunters and the Schooling Pony Hunters. Emma and the fancy chestnut also placed second in the competitive Pony Hunter Classic to round out a great show.

Over in the Jumper ring, Emma sped to top honors with Ari 55, winning the High Children’s Jumper speed class and placing in several other classes to earn the reserve championship. Emma also partnered with F15 for ribbons in the Equitation, including second in the VHSA Equitation on the Flat and third in the VHSA/EMO Hunt Seat Medal class.

Leslie Kopp and her Amateur Hunters and Jumpers also earned excellent ribbons at Lexington. Aboard Griffin, Leslie earned second-placed ribbons both days, including an impressive score of 84 in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section. She also piloted El Cano to ribbons in the High Adult Amateur Jumper section.

Trainer Denice Perry enjoyed showing her homebred C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) to multiple ribbons in the Jumpers, with top placings in the Training Jumpers throughout the show.

Morgan Silverman joined the Skyland team at Lexington, cheering on everyone with her loyal dog Kunu by her side.

“We had a great show, and it was a wonderful way to start the spring circuit in Virginia,” said Denice. “Emma took the picture of the parking lot one morning before we went out to school the ponies. I thought I would share this since it’s so beautiful and shows how lovely horse show mornings are. We are so fortunate to do what we do.”


Twizzler Has Sweet Success at WEF 5

Judy Hahn’s Twizzler continued her consistent performances with yet another tricolor during Week 5 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, February 7-11, in Wellington, Florida.

The adorable 9-year-old Welsh mare (Land’s End Posieden–Penny Candy) owned and bred by Judy, collected the reserve championship in the Small/Medium Green pony section with Emma Pell riding over fences and Olivia Sweetnam in the under saddle.

Emma’s mother Kristi found her own mount this week, but she isn’t quite ready for the show ring yet!
Leslie Kopp and trainer Denice Perry took a field trip to the Turf Tour during the week, and Leslie earned excellent ribbons aboard El Cano and Dolce Vita in the Adult Jumpers. “The horses love the change of scenery, and Leslie also had a great time!” noted Denice. Team Skyland even made the Turf Tour website photo gallery, below, as they all worked together!


Skyland’s Florida professional rider Katherine Newman had a flashback this week when she rode Twizzler, a pony reminiscent of her famous partner Pony Dot Com, a USEF National Small Pony Champion.

Another great week in the books, with Skyland looking forward to WEF 6 and WCHR Week!


WEF 4 is Fantastic for Skyland Farm

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Leslie Kopp with El Cano and Dolce Vita

Skyland Farm made great memories and collected many impressive ribbons during the fourth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, held January 31-February 4 in Wellington Florida.

Leslie Kopp and her jumpers starred in the Low Adult Amateur, 36 and Over, Jumpers this week, earning great ribbons. Most impressively, Leslie took the top two spots out of 26 competitors in Friday’s class, earning the win aboard El Cano and second place on Dolce Vita, respectively.

Leslie returned on Sunday, and both of her mounts placed in the $1,500 Low Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, placing sixth and seventh in a competitive class to culminate a wonderful week.

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Emma Pell with Cedilo

Emma Pell continued her excellent performances in the pony ring aboard a string of sale ponies she’s showing this winter. Emma guided her own Cedilo to the Medium Green Pony Hunter championship, and the fancy chestnut is now qualified for this summer’s US Pony Finals.

Emma and Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell earned excellent ribbons in every Medium Pony Hunter over fences class (with the reserve under saddle).

“He went beautifully, and they were also also fifth in the Classic,” said Denice. “Rebel Yell is a wonderful pony and also available for sale/lease.”

Judy Hahn’s Twizzler had a good showing in the Small Green Pony Hunter section and won her last jumping class on Sunday with a lovely performance.

“We had so many highlights this week, and it wasn’t just about the ribbons,” said Denice. “Leslie’s hunters also went very well, with some nice scores, while Emma is learning the ropes in the “Big Equitation’ with her new horse F 15. She’s really enjoying him. And we’re all enjoying the winter in Florida!”


Skyland Ponies Perform at WEF 1 & 2


The Skyland Farm team started out the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit strongly, with wins and top placings during weeks 1 and 2, January 10-21 in Wellington, Florida.

Emma Pell has focused her energies these first few weeks in the Pony Hunter and Equitation rings, and her efforts were well rewarded. Emma earned the first blue ribbon for Skyland Farm’s banner in the Medium/Large Green Pony section with Cedilo, and she also guided Twizzler to second- and fourth-placed ribbons in the USHJA classes.

During Week 2, the accolades continued. Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell, ridden by Emma, won the Medium Pony Hunter Handy class (out of 33) as well as other ribbons in one of the most highly contested divisions at show.


Emma also earned Skyland’s first tricolor of the winter circuit when she rode Judy Hahn’s Twizzler to the Small Green Pony Hunter championship with three blue ribbons over fences. It was their first time out in the green ponies, and Twizzler is now qualified for the US Pony Finals, too!

Both Twizzler and Rebel Yell are proudly offered for sale and well on their way to future successes this winter and beyond.

Emma continued her success aboard her own Cedilo in the Medium/Large Green Pony section, earning impressive ribbons including a second and two third over fences.

Trainer Denice Perry piloted Leslie Kopp’s Gone Country and Griffin to their first outings on the WEF circuit during Week 2. They contested the WEF Open Hunters, where they earned excellent ribbons while preparing for Leslie to return to the show ring in the amateurs.

After a fantastic start, the Skyland Farm team looks forward to more fun in Florida!


A Fantastic Fall Indoors


Emma Pell and Ari 55 at the Pennsylvania National

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed a successful and fun East Coast Fall Indoor show season in October, with top ribbons from the Capital Challenge in Maryland to the Washington International in downtown D.C.

Emma Pell and Ari 55 made their presence known in the Children’s Jumpers throughout the circuit. A highlight was their fantastic double-clear performance and third-placed finish in the $10,000 NAL Children’s Jumper Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Because Harrisburg and the USHJA Zone 3/WIHS Regional Horse Show in Maryland ran concurrently, trainer Denice Perry and assistant Chiara Carney had to split up training duties. While Denice was anxiously watching the live stream in Maryland, Chiara helped Emma take to the show ring in Harrisburg, where she and Ari were just one of four competitors to jump two perfect rounds.


Emma Pell and Ari 55

“Emma is a ‘Rock Star’ for sure,” said Leslie Kopp. “I watched her rounds live with Denice in Upper Marlboro at the WIHS show. Denice was coming out of her seat in excitement! We had a crowd cheering Emma on!! During the jump-off, when it was coming down to the wire and Emma was still in the lead, Denice could hardly watch. So much team work with the Skyland farm family. Congrats to Emma, her fabulous horse Ari and assistant trainer Chiara!”

Emma and Ari then traveled to the Washington International, where they once again jumped a clear first round to place fifth in the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship.

Mosie Pennington took two tricolors at the WIHS Regional Horse Show when she guided Yours Truly and Oh Good Night to the championship and reserve championship in the Short Stirrup Hunter section.


Mosie Pennington at the WIHS Regional Horse Show

Congratulations also to Leslie Kopp for earning great ribbons in the WIHS and Zone Adult Hunters and Jumpers aboard Griffin, Gone Country and Dolce Vita.

Maryland Horse & Pony Show


Emma Pell’s smile says it all! The Skyland Farm team couldn’t help but celebrate after a wonderful time at the Maryland Horse & Pony Show, held September 13-17 at the Prince Georges Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Emma and Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell swept the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter classes, even those held under the lights. They also placed second, third, sixth and eighth in the Medium Pony Hunter section, which was held outdoors as well as indoors, and were second in the Green Pony Hunter Classic.


Breeder Thora Pollak with Rebel Yell and Emma Pell 

“For a green pony to show that consistently outside, inside and under the lights, is pretty amazing,” said Perry. “He’s a lovely pony.”

Owner and breeder Thora Pollak, of Potomac, Maryland, attended the show to cheer on her homebred 7-year-old Welsh-Thoroughbred cross (Meadowbrook’s Special Edition–Chelsea’s Renaissance).


Mosie Pennington with Yours Truly and Oh Good Night

Mosie Pennington also enjoyed a banner show on her ponies. Mosie guided Yours Truly  to the championship in the Opportunity Mini Short Stirrup, 8 and under, section and captured the reserve championship in the Opportunity Short Stirrup section with Oh Good Night.

“Way to go Mosie! She rode great, and we are all super proud of her,” said Denice.


Mosie Pennington and Emma Pell with the “loot” after Mosie won her first Short Stirrup class.

Other highlights included Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie and Prime Time both receiving numerous ribbons in the highly contested Thoroughbred Hunter sections with Michele and Chiara Carney in the irons.

“The Thoroughbred divisions were the best I’ve seen all year,” said Denice. “There were 19 entries in the 3′ Thoroughbred Hunters and very competitive classes. Michele and her great Thoroughbreds were spectacular, taking top ribbons in the model, over fences and under saddle.”


Michele Trufant with 20-year-old Prime Time, fourth in the model!

In the Adult Amateurs, Leslie Kopp continued collecting great ribbons aboard her Hunters and Jumpers, including Dolce Vita, F15, Gone Country and Griffin.

“It was a big show, with many entries, and Leslie and her horses did quite well,” said Denice. “I’m proud of her.”

Additionally, Kaylin Dines and her wonderful mount Why Not were second in the NAL/WIHS High Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and earned ribbons in all of the jumper classes they contested all weekend! “We’re glad you are back showing. We all missed you!” said Denice.

Skyland Enjoys Summer’s End at Lexington


Team Skyland rocked at the Lexington National!

The summer show season traditionally winds down during the Lexington National Horse Show in August, and the Skyland Team finished theirs with a bang, earning championships in the hunter and jumper sections.


Chiara Carney and Gone Country with owner Leslie Kopp

Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie started the week at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington with the Thoroughbred Hunter Championship, and the momentum continued on. Chiara Carney and Gone Country captured the highly competitive 3’6″ Performance Working Hunter section.


Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie

For the first time, Skyland’s homebred full brothers C’Superman and C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) spent a horse show together. It was Superman’s first “field trip,” and he couldn’t have been a better apprentice. No doubt his show career will continue on as his brother’s has, with great success. Ironman earned the NAYJDP Jumper championship with trainer Denice Perry aboard. Ironman earned two firsts and a second in the division, including victory in the Style Class.


C’Superman and C’Ironman grazing together with Danielle DeRisio 

Emma Pell continued Skyland’s championship streak with the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper tricolor aboard Amelie. The pair also won the VHC Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Stake, and Emma picked up top ribbons with Ari 55 in the High Children’s Jumper section.


Emma Pell with Denice Perry and Chiara Carney