It’s not summer in Virginia without a visit to HITS Culpeper! The Skyland Farm team enjoyed their week at the Winston National, August 18-22, in Culpeper, Virginia.
Mosie Pennington and Cirena moved up to the Modified Children’s/Adult Jumper division and collected the reserve championship. The pair placed first, second and fourth in their classes with consistent performances.
Brooke Ballhaus also moved up to the 1.20m Low Junior Jumpers with Little Gun 17, and on the way they captured the reserve championship in the High Children’s Jumpers. Brooke also rode Beverly’s Beebop to victory in the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal class, second in the NHS 3’3″ Medal class and fourth in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal and in the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal Flat.
Natalie Wasson guided new partner Sofia Car in the High Children’s Jumper division and brought home a second-placed ribbon. They also won a class in the Low Children’s Jumpers before moving up. Natalie also rode Privilege to the top call in the NHS 3’3″ Medal class and placed third in the VHSA Flat Equitation as well as the Culpeper Equitation Classic. The pair also placed second in a Low Children’s Jumper class to round out their successful show.
Team Skyland members made their presence known in Lexington, Kentucky and Lexington, Virginia the week of August 9-15.
Blush, owned by Mary Lou and Rebecca Glover and ridden by Eddyn Molden, showed in the highly competitive Small Green Pony section at the Kentucky Summer Classic with top ribbons in every class. “She was super and so consistent!” said trainer Denice Perry. The pair picked up a second, third and three fourth places.
During the following USEF Pony Finals competition, Blush and Eddyn kept up their stellar performances. Blush finished seventh overall in the Small Green Pony section, was sixth over fences, and was awarded Best Presented. Special thanks to Eddyn for presenting Blush so beautifully and to the amazing Orlando for his preparation. Blush also received the coveted champion Virginia-bred Award. Additionally, she was awarded the highest score of the division in the under saddle by one of the judges.
Meanwhile in Lexington Virginia, Meghan Finlay’s Chabalouba Sun was champion in the 3’3” Performance Hunter division with Chiara Parlagreco in the irons. “Chaba” then returned with his owner, Meghan, and received the reserve championship in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunters.
“She had the most amazing rounds on Sunday, scoring an 87 and 89 in the Handy!” said Denice. “They were spectacular to watch.” Meghan was also an impressive second in the EMO/VHSA Adult Equitation on the Flat Final.
Brooke Ballhaus and her horse Little Gun topped the Children’s Jumper Classic and were Children’s Jumper champions. Brooke was also awarded the Best Junior Jumper Rider award. “They are an amazing pair,” said Denice. “Brooke also had some top equitation ribbons on her beautiful gray Beverly’s Beebop.”
Numerous ribbons were also won by Mosie Pennington and Cirena, Michele Trufant and her Itchy Garrett, Dorothy Stroh on her Balou Z, and Meghan Finlay and her Sofia Carr.
“They all rode beautifully, and the horses where all super,” said Denice.
Skyland would also like to welcome Natalie Wasson and Vigo De Cento to our team. Natalie and “Liam” earned the reserve placing in the EMO/VHSA Junior Equitation Flat Final as well as other equitation ribbons. In addition, Natalie also placed seventh in the EMO/VHSA Horsemanship Final!
The Skyland Farm team had one of their best shows in recent memory during the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, one of our hometown shows, held June 15-20 in Upperville, Virginia.
After returning from her freshman year in college, Meghan Finlay and Chabalouba Sun returned to the winner’s circle. The pair earned championship honors in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunter, 18-35, section and won the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic over a competitive field of 24 entries. Trainer Denice Perry also claimed the 3’3″ Performance Hunter reserve championship aboard the fancy chestnut after top ribbons in a section of 30 horses.
Over in the jumper ring, Meghan continued her winning ways with Sofia Car. The speedy duo earned the High Adult Jumper reserve championship with two second places, one in a speed class and the other in a jump-off class.
Virginia Fout and Carma picked up the championship in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section with three blue ribbons. Her daughter, Logan Whetstone, followed in her mother’s footsteps, winning top ribbons in the Short Stirrup and Children’s Ponies aboard Smilin Thru.
Carol Eichner’s Wynnbrook Rosepoint, with Eddyn Molden in irons, was Virginia-bred Pony Hunter champion with three wins and a second, and Eddyn rode Mary Lou Glover’s Blush to ribbons in the Green Ponies. Smilin Thru, with both Eddyn and Logan riding, was reserve champion in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony section.
Mosie Pennington made her debut in the jumpers with Skyland Farm’s Cirena, placing second in her first jump-off class. She also guided Lapis to ribbons in the Children’s Hunters, including an impressive second in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic.
Lindsey Welsh and her two hunters Rocketeer and Kingsland had top ribbons in Adult Amateurs as well as Rocketeer being reserve champion in the USHJA Hunters with Chiara Parlagreco in the irons. Lindsey’s daughter, Chloe Welsh, showed Yours Truly and High Hopes Sable in the Short Stirrup divisions, with many ribbons aboard both ponies. It was her debut with Skyland, and we’re thrilled to have her join us!
Special thanks to the older girls in the barn for all of their help with Chloe and Logan in the Short Stirrup classes on Sunday. Meghan, Mosie and Brooke Ballhaus were amazing with the younger kids and helping to prepare them and their ponies for great performances in the show ring.
All of our jumpers had great Classic ribbons, too. Meghan and Sofia Car, Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett, and Brooke on Little Gun.
We also welcomed Dorothy and Joe Stroh to the Skyland team. Dorothy has a talented young jumper she’s bringing along, and Joe is getting back in the game with his For Pete’s Sake after a hiatus.
Skyland also thanks the staff for the exemplary job they did these two weeks of Upperville and Loudoun. They are an amazing team. Thank you Orlando, Elias, Roberto and Abelardo!
Skyland Farm’s extensive ribbon banner was quite noticeable as you drove by the show on Route 50 after the team scored top ribbons during the show, held June 7-13 in Upperville, Virginia.
Lindsey Welsh made her presence known in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, section with her two talented mounts Kingsland and Rocketeer, respectively. Lindsey and Kingsland won the super competitive under saddle class, and she guided Rocketeer to second over fences.
In the Local Hunter Non-Pro Owner to Ride section, Lindsey picked up excellent ribbons with Kingsland, including a second over fences and third under saddle.
Across the road, Michele Trufant and her Itchy Garrett were winners in the Take 2 Thoroughbred Jumpers and earned numerous other ribbons in the Low Adult and Schooling jumper classes.
Eddyn Molden and her Fruitcake earned the Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter Championship with impressive performances and blue ribbons over fences and under saddle.
Meghan Finlay (Chabalouba Sun), Mosie Pennington (Lapis) and Dorothy Stroh (Balou Z and For Pete’s Sake) all had some beautiful rides as well as ribbons in the hunters and jumpers. Meghan reunited with Sofia Car and jumped to impressive rounds in the High Adult Jumpers.
Our houseguest Richard Cunkel and his beautiful pony Sachi, with Trexler Goodman in the irons, won a leadline section in one of the most hotly contested classes at the show!
We also congratulate Chloe Welsh on her debut with Yours Truly in the Walk- Trot division, where they placed third in the 8-10-year-old section. Chloe and her mom, Lindsey, also paired up to take third in Upperville’s traditional Family Class held in the main ring on Saturday afternoon.
We also thank Meghan and Mosie for all of their help with preparation for the Saturday’s classes.
“After missing the show last year due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to show again under the oaks,” said trainer Denice Perry. “This show is always a highlight of our year, and I’m thrilled that everyone had such great results and so much fun.”
Even with the COVID-19 shutdown and pandemic this year, the Skyland Farm team continued to earn ribbons and, most importantly, learn and grow as riders. We are thrilled to recognize our year-end winners in the Virginia and Maryland Horse Shows Associations.
Special congratulations to Mosie Pennington on earning the VHSA and MHSA Small Pony Hunter Championships with Dreamscape! In addition, Mosie was VHSA Small Green Pony Hunter Champion with Yours Truly and second in the MHSA Pony Equitation standings!
Mosie and Dreamscape also placed fourth in the USHJA Zone 3 Small Pony Hunter standings, and Yours Truly was fourth in the Zone 3 Small Green Pony Hunter standings. Mosie also claimed the reserve championship in the World Championship Hunter Rider Mid Atlantic Regional standings in the Pony Hunter section.
Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car had a banner year for their championship title in the VHSA Children’s Jumper standings! The pair also placed third in the USHJA Zone 3 standings to add to their resume. Meghan and Chabalouba Sun also finished fifth in the 3’3″ Older Large Junior Hunters in the VHSA standings.
We’re so proud of all you accomplished in this challenging year! Special thanks to our entire team, especially trainer Denice Perry!
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.
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!”
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.”
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’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.”
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!
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.
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 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.
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 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!
At Skyland Farm we are committed to helping you reach your goals, whether you want to win at the country’s best shows or simply improve your horsemanship and riding skills.
Skyland Farm is a full-service equestrian training center dedicated to the best of care and producing top hunters, jumpers and ponies. We have programs suited for all levels from short and long stirrup through to the grand prix level.
Trainer Denice DeRisio Perry is a United States Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer and a United States Equestrian Federation R-rated judge in hunters and equitation.