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.