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WEF Begins Spectacularly For Skyland

Skyland’s WEF start is beautiful!

The Skyland Farm team began their 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit with success, fun and lasting memories, earning top ribbons and making new strides in Wellington, Florida.

Highlights included Doman and Leslie Kopp rocking it in the Adult Amateur Masters section, including two beautifully ridden clears during WEF 2. With those rounds, Leslie earned a blue ribbon in the 1.10m Table II class and placed fourth in the 1.15m $10,000 Adult Amateur Masters Classic.

Leslie Kopp, Jim Thompson and Doman enjoying WEF

“Leslie is riding great!” said trainer Denice Perry.

Meghan Finlay had a strong start upon her arrival during WEF 2, placing third in the High Children’s Jumper speed and riding all of her classes really well on Sofia Car. Additionally, she was first and second on Olaf in the SFHJA Medal and the THIS Children’s 15-17 Medal, respectively.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car
Meghan Finlay and Olaf

Emma Pell is just knocking on the door with Don Stewart’s Catano 29 in the Medium Junior Jumpers after starting their partnership this season. Emma is also moving up to the Mediums with Santos.

“Emma is riding so well and is just a pole away from some top ribbons,” said Denice.

Emma Pell and Catano 29
Emma Pell and Ari 55

Emma and Ari 55 started their WEF circuit during Week 2 in the Modified Children’s Jumpers (1.15m) with ribbons, and Ari also braided up nicely to carry Emma to some 15-17 Equitation ribbons, as well.

“We’re just getting started, but we’ve had two very encouraging and fun weeks,” said Denice, who is also planning to show on the Turf Tour as well. “Also, I want to give a big shout-out to Mosie Pennington on her Small Pony championship on Dreamscape in Lexington, Virginia this weekend! The Skyland team racked up some impressive performances up and down the East Coast!”

Special thanks to Katie Pohlman and Kristi Pell for providing photos!

Skyland Riders Earn VHSA and MHSA Awards

Emma Pell and Mosie Pennington

After a successful and fun 2019 show season, Skyland Farm riders attended the Virginia Horse Shows Association and Maryland Horse Show Association Year-End Banquets and collected many impressive accolades.

During the VHSA Convention, Mosie Pennington received armloads of ribbons, including the Small Pony Hunter title with Dreamscape. The pair concluded the season more than 100 points ahead of their nearest competition for an impressive win.

Mosie also placed third in the Children’s Small Pony Hunter section with Yours Truly and was fifth in the VHSA Pony Equitation.

Emma Pell rode Santos and Ari 55 to accolades in the Jumpers. She and Santos placed third in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and Ari 55 was fourth. Emma and Santos also picked up fourth in the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner section as they moved up the levels during the year.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car finished the season tied for championship honors in the Children’s Jumpers with impressive performances throughout the year.

Emma and Mosie with the Baltimore Oriole

During the Maryland Horse Show Association Awards Banquet in Baltimore, once again Skyland riders captured impressive honors and enjoyed a lovely evening at the Orioles home stadium.

Emma claimed the top two spots in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers with Santos and Ari 55, respectively, while Mosie took second place in the Small Pony Hunters with Dreamscape.

Skyland looks forward to the 2020 show season and another fantastic year!

Goals Met at Washington International

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

Walking into the Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, D.C. for the first time at the Washington International Horse Show can be daunting. But Skyland riders Mosie Pennington and Meghan Finlay kept their composure and walked out ribbon winners during this year’s competition, October 22-27.

Mosie and Dreamscape earned the reserve championship in the WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals, with a second-placed performance over fences during Sunday’s final class in the Capital One Arena.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car

Earlier in the week, Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car placed fifth in the competitive $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Final! They jumped clear over a challenging course in the first round to qualify for the jump-off, where they finished as the second-fastest four-fault round.

It was a great week for both riders and their partners, and they all rose to the occasion!

Special thanks to Orlando Cruz and Emma Pell for their support during Washington! 

Dream Results for Skyland at WIHS Regionals & Harrisburg

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

The Skyland team split their time between the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the WIHS Regionals/USHJA Zone 3 Championships in Maryland during October 17-20 and earned impressive accolades at each competitive venue.

At the WIHS Regionals, Dreamscape and Mosie Pennington placed first and second over fences and fourth under saddle for the Children’s Small Pony Hunter championship. By virtue of their consistent performances, the pair also captured the Grand Championship!

Mosie and Dreamscape have now qualified to travel to downtown Washington, D.C., to compete in the Regional Finals class on Sunday at the Washington International Horse Show.

Leslie Kopp and Griffin

Leslie Kopp and Griffin continued their successful show season with reserve championship honors in the highly competitive Adult Amateur, 36 and over, Hunter section. With second- and third-placed ribbons over fences out of 18 entries, they showed off their strong partnership and impressed the judges.

Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie

Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie also took tricolor honors, theirs in the 2’6” Thoroughbred section. They earned two second places over fences and were first under saddle for a great weekend in the show ring.

Michele also showed her longtime partner Prime Time to consistent ribbons in the Adult Amateur and Low Hunter sections and her Itchy Garrett to ribbons in all of the Low Adult Amateur Jumper classes they contested.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia with Emma Pell and Santos

Up in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Emma Pell and Meghan Finlay both had a wonderful experience.

Emma and Santos had two clean rounds in the $12,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final, leaving with a great pink ribbon in a highly competitive class of 29 entries.

Emma Pell and Santos

Meghan made her fall indoor shows debut with a fast eight-fault first round in the $12,500 NAL Children’s Jumper Final and jumped great aboard Sofia Car. Best of luck this Tuesday at the WIHS Children’s Jumper Final in downtown Washington, D.C.

Taking on the Capital Challenge

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

The Skyland Farm team went head-to-head with many of the best riders and horses from throughout the country during the Capital Challenge, held September 27-October 6 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Highlights included Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape making their first Capital Challenge appearance and even taking home a ribbon in the highly competitive Small Pony Hunters!

Emma Pell rode Santos and Ari 55 to excellent rounds in the very challenging 1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper section. Emma and Santos placed an impressive fourth in the Welcome on Friday with a great round and were ninth in the Classic on Saturday night over a technical and demanding course.

Great job Mosie and Emma on rising to the Challenge!

Many Milestones at Maryland Horse and Pony Show

Meghan Finlay and Chabalouba Sun

The Maryland Horse & Pony Show, held September 9-13, is often considered the beginning of the fall show season. The juniors are back in school, the mornings can be crisp and cool in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and riders are focusing on the year-end finals. This year, the Skyland Farm team welcomed in the new season with ample victories and new faces.

Skyland welcomed Meghan Finlay, of Oakton, Virginia, to the family with her two horses Chabalouba Sun and Sofia Car. Chabalouba Sun competes in the Junior Hunters and Equitation, while Sofia is a competitive Children’s Jumper.

Meghan and Chabalouba Sun captured the win in the VHSA Equitation on the Flat, placed third in the 3’3″ NHS Medal, fourth in the THIS Children’s Medal and also won ribbons in the 3’3″ Junior Hunter, 16-17, section. Aboard Sofia, Meghan placed second the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper speed class and earned other ribbons in the division.

Emma Pell and F-15

Emma Pell finished just behind Meghan in the VHSA Equitation on the flat, placed second in the VHSA Medal and then claimed an impressive fifth place in the MHSA Medal Finals aboard F-15. Emma also won the coveted Sportsmanship Award.

Mosie Pennington and Emma Pell

Mosie Pennington also shined in the equitation, capturing fifth in the MHSA Pony Medal Final aboard Dreamscape.

“She was awesome in her first finals!” said trainer Denice Perry. Mosie and Dreamscape also earned ribbons in the Small Pony Hunters in a competitive section.

Sarah Freidah’s medium pony Farnley Marathon made his mark in the show ring by earning the USHJA Hunter championship with Denice aboard.

We’re also thrilled to welcome Katie Pohlman to the Skyland team as the Assistant Trainer.

We look forward to a wonderful fall and indoor show season in October and November!

Top Calls at Lexington National

Emma Pell captured the championship and reserve in the Low/Medium Junior-Amateur-Owner Jumpers with Ari 55 and Santos

Always an August highlight, the Lexington National Horse Show continued to bring success and fun for the Skyland Farm team.
Emma Pell started in the Low/Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper section, capturing the championship aboard Ari 55 and the reserve championship with Santos. Emma won a class on each horse and also collected top ribbons for her sweep.

Leslie Kopp and Cesar VDB Z placed second by fractions in the NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic. Leslie also picked up ribbons in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers with Cesar, Doman and Carduzo.

Leslie Kopp and Cesar VDB Z

“She rode great and had a wonderful show,” said trainer Denice Perry. “She also earned ribbons on Griffin in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunters, and he also won a Performance Working Hunter class earlier in the week.”
Many ribbons on Doman, carduzo and Cesar in jumpers. She rode great.

With the Lexington National featuring the EMO/VHSA Medal Finals, competition was tough in the equitation classes throughout the week. Emma placed an impressive fourth in the VHSA Medal Finals and was sixth in the Amy Reistrup Equitation Finals.

Emma Pell, left, placed fourth in the VHSA Medal Finals

“Emma rode beautifully in both classes but had an unfortunate rail in AYR final that cost her few points,” said Denice. “But she and F-15 were super in both finals.”

Emma also rode Sarah Freidah’s Farnley Marathon to nice ribbons in the Virginia-bred Pony Hunter section, including a nice win in the model.

Leslie Kopp, left, and Danielle DeRisio celebrate great rides

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena were super consistent and fast in the Low Adult Jumpers and picked up a second, third and fifth. “The show was a great send-off for Danielle as she returns to college,” said Denice. “We will miss her!”

Denice rode her homebred C’Superman to consistent ribbons throughout the week in the Baby Greens and Young Hunters, including a well-earned blue ribbon in the Young Hunter, 6 and under, section.

Denice Perry with niece Danielle DeRisio and Cirena

“We had a a very good show. All the horses went super with many ribbons,” said Denice. “And now we take a short break for some vacation time before the fall show season starts!”

Gold Times in Tryon for Skyland

Emma Pell and Santos

Emma Pell and Santos galloped and jumped their way to team gold for Zone 3 in the 1.30m-1.35m USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, held July 13-14 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Emma, of Winchester, Virginia, joined three other teammates to compete for Zone 3, and they captured the gold medal by 3 faults.

RESULTS, 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur Jumper Team Championships

GOLD: Zone 3, Final Score: 13 
Rider / Horse / Hometown
•    Angela Pollex / Elbo VDL / Troutman, N.C.
•    Kara Jones / End Game / Cornelius, N.C.
•    Emma Pell / Santos / Winchester, Va.
•    Judy Sutton / Win A Date / Maggie Valley, N.C.

Emma Pell, left, and her Zone 3 teammates celebrating with a selfie!
Emma Pell and Santos

Emma also piloted Ari 55 to victories in both of the 1.20m Low Junior Jumper classes they contested and placed second in the Classic for the section championship. “They were awesome!” said trainer Denice Perry. “She also won the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search 2* class and the WIHS Jumper Phase with him. They had an amazing week!”

Denice and her homebred C’Ironman earned the 2’6″ USHJA Hunter championship with blue ribbons in two over fences classes out of 20 entries. They also earned ribbons in the 2’9″ USHJA Hunters.

Denice Perry and C’Ironman
Emma Pell and Ari 55

Denice also rode Leslie Kopp’s Carduzo to clean rounds in the 1.10m and 1.15m jumper classes. “I was super pleased as he had time off and feels great coming back,” said Denice. “Leslie will pick up the reins on him during our next show.” 

Skyland Stars at the Showday National

Emma Pell and Santos

The Skyland Farm team had a banner week at the HITS Showday National, held July 3-7 in Culpeper, Virginia.

Taking home the blue ribbon in the $2,500 Pyranha Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur 1.20m Jumper Classic was Emma Pell and Santos. Emma also guided F-15 to some excellent performances during the week, winning the VHSA Equitation on the Flat and placing second in the MHSA Junior Medal.

Emma Pell and F-15

HITS Culpeper is host to the Culpeper Equitation Classic, a class designed for Junior, Amateur, Children and Adult riders showing at 3’ or 3’6”. The rider who accumulates the most points throughout the season will automatically qualify for their respective Medal Final at the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National or Indoor Finals. Emma rode to second in this competitive class aboard F-15.

Emma Pell receiving congratulations from Sandra Ruiz

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape earned yet another tricolor, with the championship in the Small Pony Hunter section with two wins over fences on the second day. Mosie was also third in the USEF Pony Medal class and earned excellent ribbons on Yours Truly in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter section.

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena continued their consistently good performances at Culpeper. The pair placed third in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and also claimed second in a Low Adult Jumper class.

Mosie Pennington with Carlos, Orlando and her many ribbons!
Emma Pell and Farnley Marathon

Emma rode Sarah Freidah’s Farnely Marathon in the Virginia-bred Pony Hunter section, where they once again earned excellent ribbons and won the model class.

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena

Warrenton Pony Show

Mosie and Ed Pennington with Dreamscape

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape had a dream show during the Warrenton Pony Show, held June 26-30 in Warrenton, Virginia.

The pair earned the reserve championship in the Small Pony Hunter section with victories in the handy and conformation over fences classes. They also placed second in a competitive field of 21 in the $2,500 Hunter Pony Classic. The classic was held under the lights at the historic Warrenton Horse Show grounds in front of an appreciative crowd!

Mosie Pennington and Orlando Cruz with Dreamscape

“It was a late night for the classic, but Mosie had a strong finish,” said trainer Denice Perry.

Mosie also placed an impressive fifth in the VHSA/LMCF/EMO Pony Equitation Finals.

Additionally, Farnley Marathon won the Registered Virginia-bred Pony Hunter model and earned a fourth under saddle, and fifth over fences with catch rider Kacy Baumgart, as regular rider Emma Pell was out of town.

Mosie also enjoyed the adorable dwarf minis that came to the show from Peeps Rescue in Florida. So cute!