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Costumes and Champions Highlight Virginia Fall Classic

Team “Wizard of Oz”

Once a year horse shows and Halloween cross paths, and the results are often fun and entertaining. This year’s Virginia Fall Classic Horse Show was no exception, and the Skyland Farm team made quite an impression October 21-25 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Sofia Car and Meghan Finlay won the competitive $1,500 NAL/WIHS High Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, and Meghan rode her Chabalouba Sun to championship honors in the 3’3″ Junior Hunters. The pair won both jumping classes on Sunday amongst other good ribbons.

Mosie Pennington and Judith Hahn’s Twizzler continued their successful season, taking the reserve championship in the Schooling Pony with a first and second over fences. Mosie also rode her own Dreamscape to excellent ribbons in the Pony Hunters, including a second over fences.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car

Edyen Molden and Carol Eichner’s Wynnbrook Rose Point won the Pony Hunter handy class with a beautiful trip!

Longtime partners Cirena and Denice Perry had a win and ribbons in the 1.10m Jumpers. It was great to see them back in action together and in winning form!

Highlighting the week was the costume class, where the team “Wizard of Oz” prevailed. Meghan was the scarecrow riding Chabalouba Sun, the cowardly lion, Mosie was on Glynda, the good witch, our barn neighbor Danny Mahon was Dorothy with Toto on her horse and, of course, Denice was the wicked witch with her broomstick!

“It was a great show and so much fun,” said Denice. “I’m so glad that we can all enjoy spending time with our horses in and out of the show ring!”

Super Results For Skyland Farm at WIHS Regionals

Michele Trufant and Prime Time

The Skyland Farm team spent a lovely week at beautiful Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, for the WIHS Regional/Zone 3 Championships, October 14-18.

With the fall decorations and the scenic Piedmont of Virginia as a backdrop, the ribbons and accolades were more meaningful, especially during this challenging year of COVID-19.

Meghan and Sofia Car’s incredible consistency paid off through the week. They captured the Children’s Jumper reserve championship with second-placed ribbons in every class and also claimed the USHJA Zone 3 reserve championship.

Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett also earned a Zone reserve championship with consistent performances in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers.

“I’m so proud of everyone!” said trainer Denice Perry. “They all rode amazing. Throughout the weekend no one had a single rail down, and they got ribbons in every class. Michele rode so well on her Thoroughbred that the jumper judge made a point to tell her it was a pleasure to watch her over the three days.”

Mosie Pennington and Twizzler

In the hunters, Mosie Pennington and Twizzler continued their solid partnership with the Children’s Small Pony Hunter reserve championship. The duo placed first and fourth over fences and second under saddle for owner Judith Hahn.

Prime Time and Michele earned the championship ribbon in the Thoroughbred Hunters with a win and sixth over fences and third in the under saddle. Michele’s Dancing Ollie also earned ribbons in the same section and won the under saddle.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car

Meghan Finlay’s Chabalouba Sun captured the championship in the Modified Hunters, winning both over fences classes of the section with Denice in the irons.

“We had a super show, and it was so much fun,” said Perry. “They’ve done such a great job renovating Morven Park, and the management did a super job making this a very special show.”

Wins at Winston National

Emma Pell and Farnley Marathon

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed a fantastic show at the HITS Winston National, August 12-16 in Culpeper, Virginia.

Farnley Marathon and Emma Pell won all of their jumping classes in the Registered Virginia-bred Pony Hunter section for the championship, and Twizzler and Mosie Pennington captured the reserve tricolor.

Mosie and Judy Hahn’s Twizzler also made their Small Pony Hunter debut, resulting in championship honors. Mosie also earned the reserve on her Dreamscape for a sweep!

Mosie Pennington and Twizzler, Orlando Cruz and Emma Pell aboard Farnley Marathon

Additionally, Emma Pell and Santos placed third in the $4,000 Pyranha Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic as well as second in the USET Talent Search Medal. Emma and Catano also placed ninth out of 27 in the $10,000 HITS Prix on Friday as well as fourth in the High Junior/Amateur Jumper speed.

Congratulations to all!

Excellent Results at Lexington National

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car

The Skyland Farm team made their presence known in all three rings during the Lexington National Horse Show, held August 5-9 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car starred in the High Children’s Jumpers, taking a victory and top ribbons in every class for championship honors. Meghan also earned good ribbons on Tory Burch in the Children’s Hunter, 15-17, section, including a blue.

Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett continued their tricolor summer with the championship in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers. The pair placed first and second in the two jump-off classes and also won the Take2 Jumper class as an added bonus.

Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett

Michele and Dancing Ollie produced solid performances in the Thoroughbred and Adult Amateur Hunter, 50 and over, sections for a great collection of ribbons.

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape kept their momentum going with the reserve championship in the Small Pony Hunters. They won two over fences classes and captured ribbons in every class for a consistent weekend together.

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

Emma Pell and Sarah Freidah’s Farnley Marathon also earned a reserve championship. Theirs came in the VPBA section, where they won an over fences class and earned three seconds.

Emma and Catano 29 took on the open jumpers at Lexington, placing seventh in the Open Welcome Stake, sixth in the 1.25 Open Jumpers and 12th in the $10,000 Open Classic.

Emma Pell and Santos

Emma also focused on the VHSA/EMO Equitation Finals at Lexington. Aboard Ari 55, Emma placed seventh in the VHSA Flat Final. She also piloted Santos to sixth in the VHSA Junior Medal Final and was third in the Amy Reistrup Equitation Exhibition, with Meghan Finlay as her ground person. Emma also earned other ribbons in the equitation, including second in the VHSA/EMO Medal and fourth in the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search.

Mosie Pennington and Judy Hahn’s Twizzler made their debut together and received nice ribbons in the VPBA section as well as the Pony Pleasure. “They will be a cute Small Pony combo in the future!” said trainer Denice Perry. “All the horses and riders where super this weekend. We had a great show!”

Special thanks to Assistant Trainer Katie Pohlman for the beautiful photos!

Emma Pell and Santos

Raking in Rosettes at Rose Mount

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape with Meghan Finlay and their ribbons

It was ribbons galore as the Skyland Farm team earned five show championships during the Rose Mount Farm Summer Horse Show, held July 23-26 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Sofia Car and Meghan Finlay sped to the High Children’s/Adult Jumper championship with a first and two seconds.

Farnley Marathon, owned by Sarah Freidah, captured the championship in the Virginia Pony Breeders Association section with Kacy Baumgart aboard.

The pair won the model and over fences to take the tricolor honors. They also earned numerous ribbons in the Schooling and Local Pony Hunters.

Farnley Marathon and Kacy Baumgart

Dreamscape and Mosie Pennington continued their stellar show season. They earned two show championships in the Small Pony Hunter and Local Pony Hunter sections, respectively. Mosie was also fifth in the VHSA Pony Equitation on the Flat championship class.

Meghan Finlay and Chabalouba Sun where also superstars in four rounds of jumping, where she was called on top and/or won blue ribbons in the hunters and equitation. Meghan had a score of 87 in the THIS Medal and won both Non-Restricted Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter over fences classes out of 25 entries for the championship. She also won the VHSA/EMO Junior Equitation on the Flat and was second in the MHSA Hunter Seat Medal.

Meghan Finlay and Chabalouba Sun

“They where just an unbelievable pair to watch jump this weekend!” said trainer Denice Perry.

Meghan and her Tory Burch also had a blue in the 3’3” Junior Hunter, 16-17, section.

“We had a super show only showing five horses and earning five championships,” said Denice. “It was a really nice horse show put on by a real horseman family and with great judging. The footing was so attentively cared for as well, with beautiful permanent stabling. They had bottled water everywhere, and everyone really adhered to social distancing. It was a great experience!” 

Skyland Has Super Success at HITS Culpeper

Catano 29 and Emma Pell

Catano 29 and Emma Pell made their Grand Prix debut together during the two-week HITS Showday National and Cavalier Classic, held July 1-12 in Culpeper, Virginia.

The pair placed an impressive fourth in the $20,000 HITS Open Grand Prix on Sunday July 12 in just their second grand prix together.

“They were awesome,” said trainer Denice Perry. “The fact that Catano could jump beautifully in the Welcome on Friday and then place second in the USET Show Jumping Talent Search on Saturday and then fourth in the Grand Prix on Sunday says so much about what a great horse he is. He and Emma are a wonderful match.”

Emma Pell and Catano 29 with Mosie Pennington and Yours Truly

Emma and Santos also tied for championship honors in the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and placed fourth in the Pyranha Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic at 1.30m. 

“Emma rode great all week,” said Denice. “She’s really worked hard this summer, and it’s paying off now that we’re back in the show ring again.”

Mosie Pennington’s Yours Truly

Mosie Pennington also spent time this summer practicing and honing her skills, and the results were rewarding. Mosie and Dreamscape earned the Small Pony Hunter championship, and she guided Yours Truly to the championship in the Small/Medium Green Pony section.

Emma also collected championship results aboard and Sarah Freidah’s Farnley Marathon in the Virginia-Bred Pony Hunter section. This talented Medium Pony is available for sale or lease. For more information, please visit the Skyland Farm sales page.

Meghan Finlay and Chabalouba Son took great ribbons in the equitation as did Emma and Ari 55. Emma and Meghan placed first and second, respectively, out of 16 in the VHSA Flat Medal for a Skyland sweep of the top placings. Meghan also won in the Modified Children’s/Adult Hunter section with Chabalouba Son to finish a great weekend.

Meghan Finlay and Emma Pell

Meghan also rode Sofia Car to blue- and red-ribbon performances in the Children’s Jumpers and captured nice ribbons with Tory Burch in the 3’3” Junior Hunters. Meghan and Sofia Car also took sixth in the Marshall & Sterling/NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic in a competitive field of horses and riders.

Our beloved Michele Trufant and her Thoroughbred Itchy Garrett showed up just for the weekend and won both Low Adult Jumper classes. They were also second in the Modified Children’s/Adult Jumpers on Sunday for a very rewarding trip to Culpeper.

“Everyone rode amazingly, and the horses were all super,” said Denice. “We’re looking forward to continuing the momentum the rest of the summer.”

Emma Pell and Ari 55

Skyland Returns to the Show Ring at Tryon

Emma Pell and Catano 29

We’re back and better than ever! After a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skyland Farm team returned to showing at the Tryon Summer 2 Horse Show, held June 17-21 in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Tory Burch and Meghan Finlay – Sportfot

“It was really fun. All of the horses and riders who went had some great results,” said trainer Denice Perry.

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape won two classes in the Pony Hunters, including an impressive victory in a Small Pony Hunter over fences class. The pair also picked up other great ribbons, including a second over fences and third under saddle. Mosie also guided Yours Truly to ample ribbons in the Small Pony and Green Pony sections with some wonderful performances.

Sofia Car and Meghan Finlay – Sportfot

Over in the jumpers, Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car made their presence known in the High Children’s Jumpers. They scored two second-placed ribbons in some tough company with great jumping.

Meghan and Tory Burch continued their winning streak from the winter shows with another blue and other ribbons in the 3’3” Junior Hunter, 16-17, section.

Emma Pell and Santos

Emma Pell and Catano 29 topped the Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper (1.30m) Speed class with a great round and also placed 10th in the Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. In addition, Emma piloted Santos to good ribbons in the Low Junior Jumpers for a super return to the show ring for the pair.

It’s great to be back at the horse shows!

“We were all happy to be back at the horse shows,” said Denice. “They don’t award ribbons at the rings now, so we pick them up later. However, the protocol of wearing masks and disinfecting jumps and bathrooms, etc., was followed beautifully. The number of competitors wasn’t overwhelming, but there was super competition with top barns in attendance. Overall, we had a great experience and it was fun to be back at the shows!”


Happy Birthday to Emma!

Skyland Farm celebrated Emma Pell’s 17th birthday on June 6th! It was a beautiful day at the farm and fun spending it with our family and friends!

WEF 2020 Concludes With Wins

The Skyland Farm team finished the WEF circuit with blue ribbons and great memories.

Even though the Winter Equestrian Festival ended early, the Skyland Farm team peaked with top performances during Week 10, March 11-15 in Wellington, Florida.

Meghan Finlay and Tory Burch

Tory Burch and Meghan Finlay finished with another tricolor in the Older Children’s Hunters. The pair placed first and second over fences and fourth in the under saddle to clinch the win. They concluded their impressive time in Florida fourth overall in the WEF circuit standings.

Leslie Kopp had her best round ever with Carduzo, earning a blue in the Masters Adult Amateur Jumpers. She and Doman earned two blues in the same section and contested the Classic on Sunday, where they posted another excellent performance to conclude their WEF season.

Emma Pell and Catano 29

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guinness had top ribbons in all of her Junior/Amateur Training Jumper classes and finished third in the WEF circuit standings for an awesome first show season with the talented jumper.

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guiness

With the cancellation of last two WEF shows, Emma Pell decided to show Catano 29 and Santos Saturday and Sunday in the Medium (1.30m) Junior Jumpers in the International Ring.

Emma Pell and Ari 55

Aboard Santos, Emma placed 12th of 43 in the power and speed class. She and Catano posted excellent rounds in two jump-off classes, finishing their first circuit together with confidence and ready for the remainder of the show season at the upper levels.

Emma Pell and Santos

The Skyland Farm team will return home to Virginia and resume showing when the COVID-19 virus allows. Until then, we’ll enjoy the fond memories, education and fun we all had in Florida during the 2020 season.

WEF 8 is Great For Skyland Farm

Leslie Kopp and Doman

The Skyland Farm team continued to post impressive performances during the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida. And Week 8, February 25-March 1, was especially successful.

Leslie Kopp and Doman captured the championship in the Adult Amateur Masters Jumpers with stellar performances throughout the division. The pair posted two beautiful clear rounds and placed fourth in the Classic for the tricolor honors.

Leslie Kopp and Doman
Leslie Kopp and Doman earned the Masters championship.

Leslie also rode Cesar VDB Z to a clear round in the Masters and piloted her Griffin to ribbons in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, section. Leslie and Griffin claimed third in the handy with a beautiful round in tough company!

Leslie Kopp and Doman with Meghan Finlay and Tory Burch

Tory Burch and Meghan Finlay continued to collect blue ribbons in the Older Children’s Hunters, with a win over fences and other placings, including fourth under saddle. Meghan also rode Sofia Car to multiple ribbons in the Children’s Jumper, 15-17, section.

Emma Pell and Catano 29 galloped to fifth in the Medium Junior Jumper Power and Speed class, and Emma and long-time partner Ari 55 placed third in a Modified Children’s Jumper class.

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guiness

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guinness continued to earn great results in the Low Children’s/Adult Training Jumpers, with a second and fourth among other ribbons.