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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.


Middleburg Classic Champion


Leslie Kopp and Gone Country collecting their championship from Caroline Moran. (Photo by Teresa Ramsay)

Although Leslie Kopp and Gone Country have just started their show ring career together, their performances at the Middleburg Classic, held September 21-15, were rock solid. The pair won two blue ribbons in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, section and added more top ribbons to earn the show championship.

“We are so happy for Leslie and her new mount Gone Country!” said trainer Denice Perry. “We all wish her the best of luck in the future. They are a great partnership, and it’s wonderful that they started out their time together with such great results at this special show.”

Gone Country also earned impressive ribbons in the First Year Green Hunter section with Skyland resident professional Chiara Carney, and Chiara also piloted Leslie’s Fenwick to seventh place in the $5,000 Middleburg Hunter Classic as well as ribbons in the Performance Working Hunter 3’6″ section.

“It was a great way for Leslie and Gone Country to begin, and I couldn’t be happier for her,” added Denice. “Leslie works so hard and is dedicated to the sport, and I’m thrilled that she’s found a great new partner.”

Emma Pell Shines at Maryland Horse & Pony Show


Emma Pell continued her banner fall show season during the Maryland Horse & Pony Show, held September 14-18 at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro.

Emma topped the MHSA Hunt Seat Finals – Ponies and earned the Small Pony Hunter Championship with Forget Me Not, won top ribbons aboard her Medium Pony Checkmate, and was ultimately named Best Child Rider on a Pony.

Emma also won some great ribbons on ARi 55 and Amelie in the Low Children’s Jumpers to add to her excellent hunter results, including the reserve championship in the section aboard Amelie.


Chiara Carney and First Year Green Hunter Reserve Champion Gone Country

Earlier in the week, Leslie Kopp’s new mount Gone Country was reserve champion in the First Year Green Hunters with Chiara Carney aboard. Country and Leslie also received some excellent placings in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner section, including a blue in the under saddle class.

Leslie’s Fenwick also earned a tricolor, taking the reserve championship in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunter section with Chiara aboard before Leslie earned ribbons with him in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owners.


Emma Pell and Small Pony Hunter Champion Forget Me Not

“Overall, it was a super show for the Skyland team,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Additionally, we would like to recognize and thank the Maryland Horse and Pony show managers and staff for an outstanding effort with their prize presentations and ribbons. The trophies, gifts, ribbons and presentations were exceptional and appreciated by all!”

Top Honors and New Partnerships at WEF 10


Elizabeth Wiley and Crescendo

Skyland Farm horses and riders enjoyed a great week during WEF 10, March 16-20 in Wellington, Florida, as the 12-week winter circuit draws to a closer to its conclusion. “All of the horses went beautifully, and everyone rode quite well,” said trainer Denice Perry.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

A highlight of the week included Elizabeth Wiley’s rides aboard Crescendo in the Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, section, where the pair earned two blue ribbons on the way to the reserve championship in section A. Fellow amateur rider Leslie Kopp also had impressive performances, taking ribbons in the Adult Jumpers aboard El Cano and Training Jumper clear-round blue ribbons aboard Carduzo.

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Leslie Kopp riding El Cano

“Additionally, it was very exciting to have Emma Pell show her new jumper Ari 55 for the first time,” said Denice. “She went in the Training Jumper and Training Children’s/Adult Jumpers and received a blue ribbon also. Everyone had a positive show week, and we were thrilled.”

Emma also earned ribbons on her Forget Me Not in the Small Pony Hunters and received a ribbon in the highly contested Pony Hunter Classic.



Leslie Kopp and Carduzo

Celebrating at HITS Showday National


If it’s the Fourth of July, it must be HITS Culpeper! The Skyland Farm team enjoyed the week at Showday National, celebrating the Nation’s Birthday and picking up lots of ribbons.

Tricolor ribbons abounded, from the Performance Working Hunters to the Small Ponies. Skyland Farm’s Cirena continued her successful transition from jumper to hunter with the 3’3″ Performance championship with Chiara Carney in the irons. The pair earned two firsts and three seconds, including the top call in the handy after an impressive performance.

In the pony ring, Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss took top honors in the Large Pony section, winning three classes on their way to the championship. Virginia also claimed the Small Pony Hunter championship with Wink And Smile, their third tricolor in as many starts. They also earned the championship at the Loudoun Benefit and reserve honors at Upperville for an impressive trio of accolades!

Skyland’s domination in the ponies continued, with Emma Pell guiding Forget Me Not to the reserve championship in the Small Pony Hunter section, and Virginia returned to claim the reserve championship in the Mediums with Prom Queen.


In the Adult Amateurs, it was Leslie Kopp taking the reserve championship in the 36-49 section riding The Impressionist. Aboard Windsor Farm Sales’ Amicello, Leslie picked up a blue and a reserve championship in the Low Adult Jumpers. “Amicello is a new mount for Leslie, and we’re so excited about their future,” said trainer Denice Perry. “She also had a wonderful show on The Impressionist. I haven’t seen him jump that well in a long time. She also did an outstanding job on Bethany and El Cano, winning even more blue ribbons!”

Hot off their championship at Upperville, Michele Trufant and Prime Time returned to the ring at Culpeper to claim the reserve championship in the Thoroughbred Hunter 2 section. Michele also partnered with Dancing Ollie for a second reserve championship, this time in the Training Hunters.


Loudoun Benefit


Kristi Pell models Checkmate’s blue ribbon!

It was ribbons galore for the Skyland Farm team during the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, held June 10-14 in Upperville, Virginia.

Virginia Bonnie and her Wink And Smile continued on their winning ways, taking the Small Pony Hunter championship over a competitive field. The pair won the Small Pony Conformation class and the Handy on their way to the tricolor. Although Virginia and Wink And Smile make a successful duo, the lovely gray is sadly outgrown and proudly offered for sale. Virginia also rode Prom Queen to excellent placings in the Medium Pony Hunter section.

Emma Pell and Checkmate picked up wins in the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter section, including two over fences classes, to earn the Reserve Championship. Emma also claimed top ribbons with Forget Me Not and Glynmagic Cover Girl in the Small and Medium Pony Hunter sections, respectively.

Elizabeth Wiley and her Adult Amateur mounts Say Again and Crescendo collected ribbons in the Performance Hunter 3’3″ and Adult Amateur, 36-49, sections throughout the show, with impressive performances.

Leslie Kopp’s new mare Bethany partnered with Denice Perry for more mileage and experience in the Performance 3’3″ Hunters, while Leslie enjoyed her time in the Adult Hunters with The Impressionist and the Adult Jumpers with El Cano. Michele Trufant, fresh off a Local Hunter Championship at Upperville, piloted Prime Time to excellent rounds in the Adult Amateurs. Congratulations to all!

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.

Lexington Spring Premiere


Despite cool and damp weather for much of the week, the Skyland Farm team withstood the elements to claim major victories at the Lexington Spring Premiere, April 21-16 in Lexington, Virginia.


Emma Pell had a banner show, sweeping the Small Pony Hunter section aboard Forget Me Not. The pair won all five classes in the section to also earn the Grand Pony Hunter championship. In addition, Emma guided Glynmagic Cover Girl to two blue ribbons in the Medium Pony Hunter section, and when combined with their other top placings, the pair clinched the reserve championship.

“Pony Finals here we come!” said trainer Denice Perry. “Forget Me Not was already qualified, but with this week’s reserve championship, Glynmagic Cover Girl now secured a spot. I’m so excited for Emma. She rode great all weekend, and I’m very proud of her.”

Elizabeth Wiley also picked up tricolor honors in Lexington, riding Say Again to the Low Hunter championship and the Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, reserve championship. The pair collected three blue ribbons and multiple other top placings in the two sections. Elizabeth also guided Crescendo to excellent performances in the Adult Hunters, for a colorful collection of ribbons during the week.

Leslie Kopp returned to the ring aboard The Impressionist and El Cano in the hunter and jumper sections. Highlights included two clear-round blue ribbons in the .95m Schooling Jumpers and a fifth place in the Low Adult Jumpers, Leslie’s first time moving up to this level.

Grand WEF Finale

The Skyland Farm horses and riders concluded the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, on March 29 with a variety of accolades and great show ring mileage.

Emma Pell and Glynmagic Cover Girl had a strong finish during WEF Weeks 11 and 12, winning the reserve championship in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter section this week, which followed on the heels of their championship performance during WEF 11.

“The Small/Medium Children’s division is one of the most highly contested on Pony Island,’” said trainer Denice Perry. “There are always strong riders as well as good competition in that section.”

To top off the season, Emma also earned enough points and top ribbons to capture the WEF Circuit Reserve Championship in that section, a huge honor.

“Emma rode great throughout the winter, and she and the pony are a super match,” said Denice. “I wish them the best of luck this spring moving up to the Medium Pony Hunter division. I think they have a bright future.

“We are also excited to announce that Emma has a new small pony. She will be bringing Forget Me Not back to Virginia, and we look forward to a great show season with this wonderful pony,” Denice added.

Emma also placed second in the WIHS Pony Medal on Forget Me Not, a great ribbon in a competitive class during WEF 12.

Elizabeth Wiley also had a winning grand finale at WEF with both of her hunters. She and Crescendo placed first, second and fourth on final day in a section of the Adult Amateur, 36-49, Hunters, and she also guided Say Again to first- and second-placed ribbons during their section.

“Elizabeth really put it all together for her finale,” said Denice. “The horses went beautifully, and she gave them great rides. Kudos!”

Skyland Farm’s Coffee Boy also made his show ring debut at the end of the season, taking top ribbons home from the Pre-Green Hunter 3- & 4-Year-Old section during Week 12.

A special congratulations to Leslie Kopp for her purchase of El Cano and her continued lease of Ainsley Treptow’s The Impressionist.

Denice and Roy Perry and Skyland Farm congratulate the entire team on a great winter season in Florida, including Rubin Contreras, Emma Pell, Elizabeth Wiley, Samuel Aceves and Leslie Kopp.



Winter Equestrian Festival Update


Denice Perry and Chaufante during their Pre-Green Hunter championship presentation.


Skyland Farm riders and horses have now enjoyed four weeks on the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, collecting ribbons and gaining valuable mileage with new horses.

Denice Perry started out strongly aboard Skyland Farm’s young mare Chaufante, jumping to the Pre-Green Hunter 3-/4-Year-Old championship their first time out during Week 2. The elegant gray caught the eye of not only the judges but other riders and trainers for her athleticism and talent. The pair earned two firsts and two seconds in a competitive field to take the tricolor.

Students Elizabeth Wiley and Leslie Kopp also joined Denice for some fun in the sun over the past few weeks. Elizabeth and her Crescendo and Say Again have earned a variety of ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, section, while Leslie has returned to the show ring after a long hiatus and is competing The Impressionist in the Low Adult Hunters.