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Skyland Rocks at Blue Rock


Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team traveled north of the Mason-Dixon line from May 16-20 to attend the Blue Rock Classic at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, and returned home with ample rewards.

Emma Pell sped to some impressive placings aboard Ari 55, including second-place honors in the NAL/M&S High Children’s Jumper Classic. Emma took it down a notch aboard F15 for a well-deserved win in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal class. The pair also earned ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay, the Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal and the THIS Medal for a successful show.

Emma also made her presence known in the ponies, guiding Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell to the Medium Pony Hunter reserve championship. “The little guy had to wait all day to finally show at 8 p.m., Saturday night,” said Emma’s mother, Kristi. “He deserved that hug!”


Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

Mosie Pennington added her own tricolor to the Skyland Farm banner with the Pre-Children’s Hunter Pony championship aboard William Barr’s Dreamscape. She also earned top ribbons aboard her own Yours Truly in the same section.

Leslie Kopp rode her Jumpers Dolce Vita and El Cano to nice ribbons in the 1.05 and 1.10 Schooling Jumpers during the week to avoid the poor weather conditions over the weekend.

Chiara Carney guided Leslie’s Fenwick and Griffin to ribbons in the 3’3” Performance Hunters, and she also piloted Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie to several blue ribbons in the 2’9” Hunter classes.


Danielle DeRisio and Cirena

Cirena made her post-foal debut a successful one, carrying Danielle DeRisio to fourth place in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic! Danielle also reminisced with her first pony “Radish,” many years later.


Pennsylvania Adventures



Emma Pell and Glynmagic Cover Girl


Skyland Farm horses and riders spent two weeks competing at the St. Christopher’s and Blue Rock horse shows in Pennsylvania, May 6-17, and enjoyed the show circuit located at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown.

“We decided to do something different this year,” said trainer Denice Perry. “We wanted to explore other horse shows and parts of the country, so we traveled up to the Gettysburg area for these two weeks. The Swan Lake facility is amazing, and the hospitality was wonderful. Even the hotels in Gettysburg were lovely, and we all had a nice time.”

Denice was impressed with the show facilities and the level of competition. “The numbers in the classes were huge, and the quality was top shelf,” she noted. “I was especially proud of the Skyland team, who all received excellent ribbons during the two weeks. There were lots of great performances, and the horses all seemed to enjoy the venue, too.”

Highlights during the shows included Elizabeth Wiley’s Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, championship both weeks with Say Again, Emma Pell’s top calls aboard her ponies Forget Me Not and Glynmagic Cover Girl and Leslie Kopp’s ribbons with The Impressionist and El Cano in the competitive Adult Hunter and Jumper sections.

After a career in the jumper ring and two foals, Skyland Farm’s Cirena made her hunter debut at St. Christopher’s and Blue Rock. With Denice and Chiara Carney aboard, the bay warmblood sported braids and jumped to ribbons in the Performance Working Hunters. Cirena also made her first USHJA Hunter Derby start, confidently cantering around the natural obstacles and providing a glimpse into her future.

“It’s a new adventure for Cirena!” said Denice laughing. “She really can do it all. I think she’ll make an excellent hunter and derby horse, and I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes in the hunter ring.”

Forget Me Not also celebrated a birthday, complete with a cookie cake that everyone enjoyed!

After returning to Virginia, Denice was thrilled to find a surprise awaited them in the mail. Emma Pell received the Best Child Rider on Pony Award at the Lexington Spring Premiere, and the show managers were kind enough to send the ribbon to Skyland so Emma could enjoy a photo-op.