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Great Times at Great Charity Challenge

Team Israel, from left, Leslie Kopp, Emma Pell and Andy Kocher

Skyland Farm made an impact during the Great Charity Challenge, held as one of the featured events of Week 4 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, January 30-February 3.

In total, 26 pro-am combinations were paired with randomly selected Palm Beach County charities. Each team consisted of junior and amateur riders competing side-by-side with top professionals.

“We Are The World” was the theme of the night, with riders, charities, local families and horse sport fans dressed in support of their favorite nation. In total, the evening’s contributions brought the overall Great Charity Challenge tally to $13.5 million distributed to more than 230 well-deserving Palm Beach County charities over the past 10 years.

Roy Perry photographs Leslie Kopp and El Cano during the Great Charity Challenge

The Skyland team of Junior rider Emma Pell (aboard Santos), Amateur rider Leslie Kopp (riding El Cano) and Professional Andy Kocher (with Colton Playtime) represented Israel for team sponsor Dani Goldstein and Starwyn Farm and corporate sponsor Salamander Farm.

“Andy wore a globe for ‘We Are The World,’ Leslie was the Star of David and Emma dressed as an Israeli military girl. They had so much fun and won $17,000 for their charity, Our Sister’s Place!” said trainer Denice Perry.

Skyland’s support team of Roy Perry, Kristi Pell, Alex Tippett, Elias Castro and Carlos Gomez helped to prepare the horses and riders, who competed under the lights in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday night.

In addition to their performance in the Great Charity Challenge, Emma and Santos placed second out of 63 in a Low Junior Jumper jump-off class and sixth of 78 competitors in a Low Junior Jumper speed class. Emma also piloted Ari 55 to third place in a Modified Children’s Jumper class at 1.15m and will move up to the Low Juniors this week.

Fenwick also earned ribbons throughout the week in the Hunters, with owner Leslie Kopp in the Adult Amateurs and with Denice in the USHJA 3′ Hunters.

Emma Pell and Santos

Emma posted about the weekend on her Instagram account:
“What a week! Thank you so much to everyone who made this week so memorable for me! I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the Great Charity Challenge. Thank you to my wonderful teammates, Leslie and Andy. Plus, our wonderful sponsors! Last night my team got to represent Israel- Leslie was the flag, I was an IDA officer, and Andy was the world to showcase the event’s theme of “We are the World”. There are so many wonderful and deserving charities to support! I’m so glad our team was able to help Our Sisters Place, Inc. by raising awareness, and with $17,000 so they can help more abused women and children. This event and organization will forever hold a special place in my heart! Thank you again to my parents, trainer, grooms, Leslie (and Cano), Andy (and Joki), and especially Santos :)”

Emma Pell and McLain Ward at the Palm Beach Masters

Skyland also congratulates Danielle DeRisio for earning a win in the UCONN IHSA Western Zone One competition!

Danielle DeRisio, right, and her teammate from Sacred Heart University
Danielle DeRisio and TC

“This is TC. He’s a famous Reiner that went to all the World Championships. Today, TC taught me how to do spins–the fast ones! I think we all may need to buy Reiners and go full cowboy!”


Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape
Mosie Pennington with her USEF Pony Medal blue ribbon

Congratulations to Skyland student Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape for their success at the Stonewall County Horse Show in Lexington, Virginia. Mosie won the USEF Pony Medal and earned two seconds and other great ribbons in the Pony Hunters. Mosie is now qualified for the USEF Pony Medal Final and the USEF Pony Finals this summer! Way to go, Mosie!

Top Honors at WEF 2 for Skyland Farm

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Leslie Kopp and Cesar VDB Z

The Skyland Farm team continued the impressive momentum established during Week 1 of the Winter Equestrian Festival with more great performances during the second week, held January 16-20 in Wellington, Florida.

Leslie Kopp and her new horse, Cesar VDB Z, won their first Don Little Adult Amateur Masters class together on Saturday for a wonderful start to their partnership. Leslie also went in just one class aboard Dolce Vita, making it count with a second place out of 40 in the Low Adult Amateur Jumper, 36 and over, section.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

Emma Pell and Ari 55 won the competitive $2,500 NAL/WIHS Modified Children’s Jumper Classic and then earned the Modified Children’s Jumper championship for a fantastic week. Emma also guided Santos to ribbons in the Low Junior Jumpers out of more than 70 entries!

In the hunter rings, Leslie guided Griffin and Fenwick to fantastic ribbons in the older Adult Amateur section, with nearly all primary colored ribbons, including a blue aboard Griffin.

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Stephanie Vazquez and Creme De La Creme RLF

Stephanie Vazquez and Creme De La Creme RLF earned under saddle ribbons at their first week showing in the USHJA and Low Adult Amateur classes.

“Creme De La Creme is only 5 years old and just starting out, so I’m super pleased with her and Stephanie,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Everyone had a great week!”

Week 2 Photo Gallery

Wonderful WEF 1 For Skyland Farm

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Leslie Kopp and El Cano

The Skyland Farm team got off to a great start during Week 1, January 9-13, of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida.

Leslie Kopp and the veteran El Cano jumped to two blue ribbons in the Don Little Adult Amateur Masters Jumpers and finished as reserve champions without even doing the Classic!

“We decided to save El Cano for the competition in the International Ring in two weeks,” said Denice. “He’s 22 this year and still going strong!”

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Emma Pell and Santos

Emma Pell and Santos collected great ribbons in the 1.15m Modified Children’s Jumpers, including a fifth in the $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Modified Classic.

The team also picked up many schooling jumper clear round ribbons as a circuit warm up.

In the Hunter ring, Skyland Farm’s homebred C’Superman, a 4-year-old Holsteiner (Copperman–Cirena), made his show ring debut in the 3- and 4-year-old Pre-Green Hunters. The talented bay earned ribbons in every class, with superb jumping efforts. Then, he spent some time soaking up the sun in his paddock!

 

WEF 4 is Fantastic for Skyland Farm

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Leslie Kopp with El Cano and Dolce Vita

Skyland Farm made great memories and collected many impressive ribbons during the fourth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, held January 31-February 4 in Wellington Florida.

Leslie Kopp and her jumpers starred in the Low Adult Amateur, 36 and Over, Jumpers this week, earning great ribbons. Most impressively, Leslie took the top two spots out of 26 competitors in Friday’s class, earning the win aboard El Cano and second place on Dolce Vita, respectively.

Leslie returned on Sunday, and both of her mounts placed in the $1,500 Low Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, placing sixth and seventh in a competitive class to culminate a wonderful week.

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Emma Pell with Cedilo

Emma Pell continued her excellent performances in the pony ring aboard a string of sale ponies she’s showing this winter. Emma guided her own Cedilo to the Medium Green Pony Hunter championship, and the fancy chestnut is now qualified for this summer’s US Pony Finals.

Emma and Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell earned excellent ribbons in every Medium Pony Hunter over fences class (with the reserve under saddle).

“He went beautifully, and they were also also fifth in the Classic,” said Denice. “Rebel Yell is a wonderful pony and also available for sale/lease.”

Judy Hahn’s Twizzler had a good showing in the Small Green Pony Hunter section and won her last jumping class on Sunday with a lovely performance.

“We had so many highlights this week, and it wasn’t just about the ribbons,” said Denice. “Leslie’s hunters also went very well, with some nice scores, while Emma is learning the ropes in the “Big Equitation’ with her new horse F 15. She’s really enjoying him. And we’re all enjoying the winter in Florida!”

 

Skyland Success Continues in Florida

The Skyland Farm  team continued on collecting great ribbons and fun memories during the Deeridge Hunter and Jumper Derby, March 1-5 in Wellington, Florida.

Highlights were Leslie Kopp’s Bethany and rider Chiara Carney taking ninth place in the $5,000 Deeridge Hunter Derby. “She was in super company, and they where both great!” said trainer Denice Perry of the field of 40 competitors.

Emma Pell on Ari 55 jumped to an impressive second in the 1.15m Deeridge Jumper Derby. “The class was open to everyone, and Ari and Emma jumped without faults,” said Denice. “I was so proud of them for being faultless and so fast. They were awesome. Emma also received an eighth-placed ribbon on Amelie in the 1.10m jumpers on Saturday and Ari was fifth.”

To watch Emma and Ari in action, please click here.

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A special congratulations to Virginia Bonnie for her awesome results on the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit in California. Winner of three $2,500 M&S/NAL High Children’s Jumper Classics with Captiva, blue ribbon in the USEF Talent Search Medal 2* and victory in the $1,000 Children’s/Adult Speed Classic. Way to go!

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Debuts and Blues at WEF 2

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After a successful first week on the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, Emma Pell continued her winning ways and also moved up a level in the jumpers, for a gratifying Week 2, held January 18-22 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55 with trainer Chiara Carney.

Emma and Ari 55 placed first in the Low Children’s Jumpers (in a class of 61 competitors) and then moved up to the High section, where they earned an impressive fourth at 1.15m in the High Children’s Jumper classic.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

Emma also jumped to second place aboard Amelie in the Low Children’s Jumper Classic in a field of 55 entries.

“It was a great week for Emma! She even did the High Children’s Jumper speed class on Amelie,” said trainer Denice Perry. “I think she’s really found her niche in the jumpers, and the consistency in her riding has improved tremendously.”

Leslie Kopp joined the Skyland Farm team in the show ring this week, riding her Gone Country in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunters. She also received blue ribbon clears in the .95 Training Jumpers with Cardine for an excellent start to the circuit.

Skyland Farm also congratulates client Virginia Bonnie for her success on the HITS Desert circuit in California. During Week 1, Virginia won the Marshall & Sterling High Children’s Jumper Classic aboard Captiva, earned great ribbons in her equitation debut aboard Jelti JS and guided Blue A Kiss to top placings in the Large Pony Hunters.

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Leslie Kopp and Cardine relaxing between jumper classes.

WEF 1 Was Wonderful

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Emma Pell and Amelie with trainers Denice Perry and Chiara Carney after winning the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic

Skyland Farm riders and horses enjoyed a great start during Week 1 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, held January 11-15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Emma Pell and Amelie earned the Low Children’s Jumper championship and won the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic. Most impressively, Emma’s victories came with 65 entries in the jumper section and 60 in the Classic. She also placed fourth in the Classic aboard Ari 55 for two impressive ribbons.

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Emma Pell and Amelie

“Emma rode beautifully,” said trainer Denice Perry. “I think she’s found her calling in the jumper ring. After such a fantastic start, I think Emma may move up to the Children’s Jumpers in few classes next week. It was a tremendous way to start the circuit.”

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Emma Pell and Amelie earned the Low Children’s Jumper Championship

 

WEF 2016 Debut

The 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, got underway at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on January 13-17, and the Skyland Farm team started out strongly with ribbons from the ponies to the hunters and equitation.

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Emma Pell with Forget Me Not and Wink And Smile

Emma Pell and Forget Me Not continued their winning ways from 2015 with the Small Pony Hunter Owner/Rider Reserve Championship in a competitive field of 23 top ponies. Emma also guided Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to excellent ribbons, including a sixth in the Small Pony Hunter Classic.

“Both ponies went really well all weekend with many ribbons despite the weather on Sunday,” said trainer Denice Perry of the tornado warnings that postponed the start of the show that day.

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Emma Pell with Forget Me Not

Leslie Kopp’s Fenwick made his presence known during WEF 1, winning ribbons and receiving jogs in nearly all of his classes with his owner and professional rider Chiara Carney. Highlights were his two second-placed ribbons in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters out of 31 entries. “He was super,” said Denice. “He was really consistent over the week, in the Performance Hunters with Chiara and in the highly competitive 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter section with Leslie. We are really excited about this wonderful horse.”

Leslie and Chiara also shared the ride aboard Gold Coast, with ribbons in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters as well as the Adult Equitation, respectively.

“It was a great start to the show circuit,” said Denice. “I’m looking forward to a fantastic winter season with many more fun and rewarding weeks ahead of us.”

Images From WEF 6

The Skyland Farm team continues to enjoy showing on the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. With Week 7 a wrap, the riders have shared ample fun and great experiences while learning and improving their skills in the show ring.

Breakthrough moments have also come, some reflected in ribbons and others more subtle, from mastering a challenging lead change to learning a new mount’s favorite treat. Skyland Farm thanks the owners, riders, parents, grooms and other supporters who’ve made these first seven weeks so wonderful!

 

Winning on the WEF Circuit

Skyland Farm traveled to the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, for the winter, where clients and horses have enjoyed a great start. After Week 4 concluded, the Skyland Farm team had earned a vast collection of ribbons in the Hunter and Jumper classes.

Elizabeth Wiley brought two new horses down to Florida this year and picked up her first tricolor ribbon during Week 4 with Say Again, taking the Low Adult Amateur Hunter, Section B, Reserve Championship. Elizabeth and her beautiful gray earned a first, two seconds, a fourth and sixth-placed ribbons on the way to the title. She’s also earned ribbons aboard Crescendo in the Adult Amateur, 36-50, section.

Abbie Taylor and Here ‘Tiz have continued their partnership with blue-ribbon results. After traveling to Florida for the first time together last year, the pair returned for more fun in the sun. Abbie and “Tizzy” picked up a blue ribbon in the Adult Amateur, 18-35, section during Weeks 1 and 2, for an impressive start to the circuit.

We look forward to adding more great results to the Skyland Farm banner as the circuit continues!