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Constitution Classic


As the summer winds down, Skyland Farm riders made the most of their remaining time at HITS Culpeper, where they competed at the Constitution Classic, August 19-23 in Culpeper, Virginia.

Forget Me Not and Wink And Smile earned the championship and reserve, respectively, in the Small Pony Hunter section. Emma Pell guided Forget Me Not to victory in the $1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic to top off her weekend, while Virginia Bonnie and Wink And Smile placed third in the Classic and strutted to the under saddle victory as well.

Winning runs in the family, too, as Virginia’s father Shelby Bonnie tied for champion in the High Adult Jumper section on Forever Z after winning the $2,000 Marshall & Sterling/NAL Adult Jumper Classic in a field of 28 competitors. Go Shelby!

Leslie Kopp continued her success this summer in the Adult Amateur hunters and jumpers, taking ribbons aboard The Impressionist, Bethany, Amicello and El Cano.

Skyland Farm missed Elizabeth Wiley, who traveled to Africa for a safari and sent photos back of her adventures with other four-legged animals!

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.


Constitution Classic


Amanda Tran, Elizabeth Wiley and Virginia Bonnie

Although the Skyland Farm team may be winding down their summer shows, the blue-ribbon results aren’t slowing down. During the HITS Constitution Classic, held August 20-24 in Culpeper, Virginia, the Skyland Farm riders earned a variety of championships and awards.

Alex Tippett made her last show a great one before she headed off to High Point College in North Carolina. She and El Cano jumped to Reserve Championship honors on the Zone 3 Children’s Jumper team during the USHJA South Regional Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper Championship, held in conjunction with the Constitution Classic. By virtue of her excellent performances, Alex also took home the Individual Bronze Medal.


Alex and Michele Tippett with El Cano

“I’m so proud of Alex. She and El Cano were fantastic, and we will all miss her as she heads off to college,” said trainer Denice Perry.

Wink And Smile and Virginia Bonnie collected the Small Pony Hunter Championship and won the Pony Hunter Classic, the latter for the second consecutive week.

Joann Dana and The Impressionist also made a positive impression on the judges, claiming the Reserve Championship in the Novice Adult Hunter section.


Joann Dana and The Impressionist

Denice also had a successful week in the show ring, riding Fantastic Mr. Fox to the Pre-Green Hunter Championship and piloting Say Again to the Reserve Championship in the 3’3″ Performance Hunter section. She showed Elizabeth Wiley’s lovely gray just one day and took home both blue ribbons over fences.

“All of the horses and riders received great ribbons, and it was a fun week at Culpeper,” said Denice.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—that continued to go viral during the show—didn’t go unnoticed by the Skyland Farm riders, who also participated for a very worthy cause!


Virginia Bonnie with Wink And Smile



Winston National

Alex and El Cano

Alex Tippett and El Cano

Alex Tippett and El Cano added yet another blue ribbon to their collection during the Winston National, held August 13-17 in Culpeper, Virginia.

Alex won a High Children’s Jumper class and placed fourth in the $2,000 M&S/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic. “Alex and El Cano were great,” said trainer Denice Perry. “They had the unfortunate position to go first in the jump-off without an opportunity to see anyone else go. They were just a tick slower.”

Virginia Bonnie and Wink And Smile, fresh from their U.S. Pony Finals success in Kentucky, earned the Small/Medium Pony Hunter Reserve Championship in the combined division with 10 ponies. They also returned to the ring to claim victory in the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic that was open to all ponies. With scores of 85 and 86 in the two-round class, they finished on top.

Virginia also placed third in the classic on Prom Queen, and she earned many other ribbons throughout the week.

Three Rivers also garnered many top awards at the Winston National. With Amanda Tran aboard, he earned the Children’s Hunter, 15-17, Reserve Championship and with Denice in the saddle he was Champion in the HITS Hunter section, winning all three over fences classes in the section.

Showday National

Skyland Farm riders enjoyed the July 4th holiday week competing at the HITS Showday National, in Culpeper Virginia, and they took home plenty of blue, red and white ribbons–along with their tricolors!


Amanda Tran and her new horse Three Rivers showed off their immediate rapport with the Children’s Hunter, 15-17, championship as well as an impressive win in the $500 M&S/WIHS/NAL Children’s Hunter Classic.

Ainsley Treptow’s The Impressionist was a star in the hunter and equitation sections. With Joann Dana, the veteran chestnut topped the $500 Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic, and with Chiara Parlagreco Carney in the irons, he earned the Adult Equitation, 18-35, reserve championship.

Virginia Bonnie also made her presence known in the hunter and equitation classes, claiming third in the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic aboard Wink And Smile and the blue ribbon in the VHSA Pony Medal riding Prom Queen.

Trainer Denice Perry piloted Alexandra Wolf’s Fantastic Mr. Fox to the reserve championship in Section B of the Pre-Green Hunters and also guided Catherine MacGlashon’s Einstein to the reserve championship in the Training Hunter section. Kathryn Harrell then picked up the reins and rode Einstein to the reserve championship in the Novice Adult Hunters.

In the Adult Amateur Hunters, Elizabeth Wiley and Say Again continued their successful summer, with the Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, reserve championship.

HITS Culpeper Circuit Champs


Abbie Taylor and Here ‘Tiz, Virginia Bonnie and Wink And Smile and Elizabeth Wiley celebrate their HITS Culpeper titles. (Shelby Bonnie Photo)

The HITS Culpeper summer show circuit in Virginia concluded, and Skyland Farm riders and horses celebrated a variety of circuit honors after attending the six shows that spanned from April through September.

Abbie Taylor took time off from a busy career to show “Tizzy” for her mother, Linda Taylor, and her time spent in Virginia was rewarded. She and Here ‘Tiz collected the circuit championship in the competitive Adult Amateur Hunter, 18-35, section.

Virginia Bonnie guided her Wink And Smile to top honors in the Small Pony Hunter section after posting winning performances over fences, under saddle and in the Pony Hunter Classics.



Elizabeth Wiley and Marvalust earned the circuit tricolor in the Thoroughbred Hunter 1 section. Marvalust wasn’t able to attend the photo session, so he wore his ribbon proudly at home in the field.

Although she’s not pictured, Alex Tippett jumped to the reserve championship circuit award in the High Children’s Jumper section with Ainsley Treptow’s El Cano. In addition, Denice Perry rode her Cirena to the reserve championship in the Level 5 jumper section.

It was a great summer, and congratulations to all of the Skyland Farm riders for their excellent performances!

Summer Fun at HITS Culpeper

Skyland Farm riders enjoyed their time at the HITS Showday National and  Cavalier Classic horse shows in Culpeper, Virginia, from July 3-14.

Lots of great rounds resulted in great results. Virginia Bonnie earned a variety of top ribbons, including multiple blues in the Pony Equitation section, and she earned the Small Pony Hunter Championship with Tustin Farm’s Wink And Smile the second week.

Alex Tippett and El Cano also earned excellent ribbons both weeks, including a top finish in a Low Children’s Jumper class during each of the two weeks.

Abbie Taylor took ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 18-35, section and the Low Amateur-Owner, 18-35, Hunter section with Here ‘Tiz, and she celebrated her birthday!

Marvalust and Elizabeth Wiley also earned their fair share of blues, taking top honors in several classes in the Thoroughbred Hunter sections and ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, section.

Kathryn Harrell returned to the show ring after a hiatus and guided her new partner McQue to championship honors in the Pre-Adult Hunter section, and they also earned numerous ribbons in the Novice Adult Hunter section. Welcome back!

Congratulations to all and special thanks to Shelby Bonnie for the great photos!

Culpeper Finals

Joy Erikson and The Impressionist

Skyland Farm congratulates Joy Erikson and The Impressionist for their championship performance at the HITS Culpeper Finals, held September 26-30 in Culpeper, Virginia.

The pair earned the Adult Hunter, 46 and over, title after taking top ribbons in all five classes, including two blues!

“This was the first time she rode him, and she rode him beautifully,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Joy leased “Nemo” from Ainsley Treptow for Culpeper and Capital Challenge this week, and it’s a match made in heaven. She won both jumping classes the second day. It was very exciting.”

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Skyland Farm congratulates Alexandra Wolf on the purchase of Fantastic Mr. Fox. This special 4-year-old Thoroughbred gelding has already proven himself in the show ring, most recently winning in the Low Pre-Green Hunter Division at the HITS Constitution Classic Horse Show, August 22-26 in Culpeper, Virginia. A special thanks to Loreen Kay for this wonderful young show hunter prospect!

Alex and El Cano

Alexandra Tippett and El Cano

Skyland Farm and Ainsley Treptow congratulate Alex Tippett for her lease of El Cano! They’re already proving themselves formidable competitors in the Children’s Jumper division and have picked up top ribbons this summer.

Alex and El Cano in action.

During the HITS Constitution Classic, August 22-26, in Culpeper, Virginia, they won a Low Children’s Jumper class and placed second in a High Children’s Jumper class. Way to go!