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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!

Tricolors Abound at Loudoun Benefit

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

Skyland Farm enjoyed a second week at the beautiful Grafton/Salem show grounds in Upperville, Virginia for the annual Loudoun Benefit Horse Show. It’s great fun showing in your back yard with good friends and sleeping in your own bed at night!

Mosie Pennington made some dreams come true with Dreamscape as she collected the Small Pony Hunter championship. She earned top-three ribbons in every class in the section, including an impressive victory in the handy class.

Twizzler and her Skyland team, with owner Judy Hahn on the left!

Mosie and Emma Pell combined forces with Judith Hahn’s Twizzler to claim the Virginia Bred Pony Hunter championship. Twizzler won over fences and under saddle for the top honors over a competitive group of ponies.

Emma also rode her F-15 to excellent ribbons in the big equitation classes, taking top-six ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay, the WIHS and the VHSA Medal.

Leslie Kopp and El Cano

In the jumper ring, Leslie Kopp and the veteran El Cano continued to add more accolades to their record, winning the High Adult Amateur Jumper reserve championship. Leslie and Cesar VDB Z also earned ribbons in the section and jumped to an impressive second place in the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic.

Emma also won the 1.30/1.40m Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class aboard Santos and placed seventh in the $5,000 NAL Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena had two Schooling Jumper blue ribbons and placed second and third in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers for a great show together.

Please enjoy our gallery of photos and fond memories from Loudoun!

A Sweet Upperville for Skyland Farm

Happy Birthday Emma Pell!

The Skyland Farm team had much to celebrate during the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, held June 3-9 in Upperville, Virginia.

For Emma Pell it was an especially memorable week, as she celebrated her Sweet 16th Birthday and also showed in the Jumpers and Equitation divisions with great results.

Emma Pell and Santos – Photo by Shelby Bonnie

Emma won the VHSA/EMO Hunt Seat Medal class on on F-15 and also earned a third and fifth aboard Santos in the 1.30m Medium Junior Jumpers. The pair culminated their Upperville experience with a well-earned fifth place in the Medium Junior Jumper Classic.

Mosie Pennington also earned excellent ribbons in two divisions–placing second in the VHSA/LMCF Pony Medal and USEF Pony Medal aboard Dreamscape. The duo also earned ribbons in the Small Pony Hunter section, and Mosie piloted Yours Truly to ribbons in the Local Small Ponies.

Leslie Kopp enjoyed many clear rounds in the jumpers during Upperville, with clear round blue ribbons aboard El Cano, Cesar VDB Z, Doman and Carduzo. She also earned ribbons in the 1.10m Masters aboard Cesar VDB Z and El Cano, with a fifth in the Classic with Cesar.

Danielle DeRisio returned from her freshman year of college at Sacred Heart University and reunited with her long-time partner Cirena to show at Upperville where they earned many blue-ribbon clear rounds. Likewise, clear round blues went to Carduzo and Denice, Cesar and Katie Pohlman, Doman with Denice and Itchy Garret with Michele Trufant–the latter also placing fifth in the Thoroughbred Jumper Classic.

We’re looking forward to a great week at the Loudoun Benefit!

Skyland Scores Blues at Blue Rock

Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team traveled to the Swan Lake Blue Rock Classic in Pennsylvania for the week of May 15-19, and it was a successful trip north.

Emma Pell and Ari 55 winning the NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

Emma Pell and Santos were nearly unstoppable in the 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. They earned championship honors after topping the speed class and placing third in the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic.

Not to be outdone, Santos’ stablemate Ari 55 won the NAL Low Junior-Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and placed third in the Low speed class for the reserve championship.

Emma Pell and Santos

But Emma wasn’t finished yet–aboard F15, she won the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal, the ASPCA Maclay and took top ribbons in the MHSA Hunt Seat Medal and the NHS 3’3″ Medal.

Pony rider Mosie Pennington continued the ribbon run in the juniors, capturing impressive placings aboard Dreamscape in the Small Pony Hunters. Mosie also piloted Yours Truly to excellent rounds in the Modified Hunters. “It was the best she’s ever ridden!” said trainer Denice Perry.

Denice Perry and C’Superman

Denice wasn’t without her own riding accolades, as she guided her young homebred C’Superman to the 2’6″ Schooling Hunter championship, and the pair also won a class in the 2’9″ Baby Green Hunters. “Superman was just super,” added Denice.

Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie continued his impressive results in the Take 2/TIP Thoroughbred Hunters, earning the reserve championship with a first and two seconds.

Despite not being able to show over the weekend, Leslie Kopp made the most of her time in the show ring. She earned good ribbons 1.0-1.10m jumpers during the week aboard multiple horses. Her Cesar VDB Z earned the 1.05m Open Jumper championship with a first and a fourth.

Skyland’s team of Elias, Rudy, J.R. and Carlos with C’Superman

Skyland would also like to thank our hard-working behind-the-scenes team! We couldn’t accomplish what we do without you!

Skyland Adds Accolades at Lexington Spring Encore

The amazing Skyland Farm team earned many accolades during the Lexington Spring Encore, the second week of the Lexington Spring shows, held May 1-5 at the Virginia Horse Center.

The hard-working Skyland team paused for a brief moment for a group photo, including Katie Pohlman and her dog Hogan, Rudy, Giovanni, Orlando and Elias (behind Katie).

Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie

Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett earned a blue ribbon in every class they entered in the Training Jumpers, from the .75m to the .95m, for a total of seven! Michele and her Dancing Ollie also captured blues and other impressive ribbons on their way to earning the Special Adult Hunter and Thoroughbred Hunter reserve championships.

Leslie Kopp earned great ribbons on Griffin in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section while only showing the first day. Leslie also jumped to excellent performances aboard Doman and Cesar VDB Z in the Adult Amateur Jumper classes.

Emma Pell and F-15 earned four second places in the equitation classes, including the USEF/Dover Medal, the Oak Ridge Medal, the VHSA Equitation on the Flat and the 15-17 Equitation on the Flat.

Emma continued her excellent results in the jumper ring, riding Ari 55 and Santos to ribbons in the Low and Medium Junior Jumpers.

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape continued to produce great rounds in the Small/Medium Pony Hunter section, earning ribbons in every class! Mosie also placed second in the MHSA Pony Medal. In addition, she piloted Yours Truly to ribbons in the Children’s Small/Medium Ponies.

Emma Pell and F-15

Trainer Denice Perry’s homebred C’superman (Copperman–Cirena) lived up to his name was was super! He won two classes and earned great Baby Green Hunter ribbons and excelled in the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old Hunter classes.

Skyland Shines at Lexington Spring Premiere

Emma Pell and Ari 55

After a fantastic winter season in Florida, the Skyland Farm team returned home to Virginia to begin the spring show season at the wonderful Lexington Spring Shows, held in April at the Virginia Horse Park.

Emma Pell continued to rack up wins and accolades. She topped the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Ari 55, earned the section reserve championship and was named Best Junior Jumper Rider. Emma also guided Santos to superb rounds in the Low and Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers.

Emma Pell and F15

Emma also won the Equitation, 12-17, on the flat and placed second in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and Oak Ridge Medal aboard F-15.

Leslie Kopp and Griffin collected some impressive ribbons in the 3’3″ Performance Working Hunters in a large section with a California split. Leslie also piloted Doman and Cesar VDB Z to excellent placings in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers.

Leslie Kopp and Doman

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape won the VHSA Pony Medal and many pony hunter ribbons, and Mosie also took lots of Children’s Hunter Pony ribbons on Yours Truly.

Mosie Pennington

Trainer Denice Perry’s homebred C’superman won a Baby Green Hunter class and picked up other ribbons.

“Overall, it was a very good week,” said Denice.

A Grand Florida Finale For Skyland Farm

Emma Pell and Santos

The Skyland Farm team concluded a fantastic winter season in Florida with major accomplishments during Week 12 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit and on the The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Finale, March 27-29.

Emma Pell and Santos placed an impressive 5th in a field of 71 competitors in the $5,000 Rising Star Classic 1.30m. “Emma was great and beat some high-level professionals. She’s come so far so fast this winter with Santos!” said trainer Denice Perry. “She and Santos also got a great ribbon in the 1.30m Junior Jumper Speed class on Saturday at WEF in the International Ring.”

Emma Pell and Santos

Stephanie Vazquez and Henriette P won their final class together at the Turf
Tour on Friday, and she also earned great ribbons at WEF on Thursday in the Low Children’s/Adult Training Jumpers.

Alex Tippett and P Diddy, a horse on loan from trainer Don Stewart, competed in the .80m and .90m Jumpers on the Turf Tour, winning a class in the .90m. “Alex worked hard all winter, and it was super fun for her to be able to show,” said Denice.

Alex Tippett and P Diddy

Additionally, Leslie Kopp and Griffin returned to the show ring after a month off and won their last class in the Adult Amateur Hunters with a score of 85. The pair also placed fifth the first day over fences in a competitive class.

The Skyland Farm team!

“All the others went very nicely and had a great finish to the winter circuit,” said Denice. “We all had a great time!”