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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!

 

Skyland Excels Under the Oaks

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed two beautiful weeks in early June under the oaks at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit Horse Show in Upperville, Virginia.

The picturesque show grounds, located just minutes from Skyland’s home base in Middleburg, allowed for lots of fun and socializing as well as ribbon-winning performances.

During Upperville, highlights included Emma Pell’s top results in the High Children’s Jumpers aboard Ari 55. The pair ended the week tied for the reserve championship. They continued the momentum into Loudoun, where they earned top ribbons and placed fifth in the NAL/WIHS High Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic after going first in the class and setting an impressive pace.

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Leslie Kopp and Dolce Vita

Leslie Kopp and Fenwick also earned a tricolor, taking a reserve championship in a section of the Local Hunter Owner/Rider division. The pair also returned for ribbons in the Adult Amateur Hunter, 50 and over section, and Leslie also piloted Griffin to excellent ribbons in the same division in a competitive field. Fenwick showed his talents during Loudoun as well, winning the Performance Working Handy Hunter over fences class with Chiara Carney in a class of more than 30 entries.

Leslie enjoyed her time in the jumpers as well, riding El Cano and Dolce Vita to ribbons in the Adult Amateurs

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Michele Trufant and Prime Time

Michele Trufant and Prime Time also earned excellent ribbons in the Local Hunter Owner/Rider section and, like Leslie, they accrued ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section. Michele also showed her prowess in the Jumpers, riding Itchy Garrett to multiple ribbons in a variety of classes, including the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumpers.

During Loudoun, Michele and Itchy earned the reserve championship in the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumpers and also placed second in the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumper Classic to round out a wonderful show.

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena jumped to ribbons in the Low Adult Amateurs and Schooling Jumpers, including many clear rounds during both weeks.

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Emma Pell, Judith Hahn and Twizzler

It was a clean sweep in the performance classes for Judith Hahn’s Twizzler in the Green Pony Hunter section during Loudoun. Under Emma’s expert guidance, Twizzler won every class and earned the Grand Pony Championship as well as the section championship. Emma also piloted Thora Pollak’s lovely Rebel Yell to wins in the Medium Pony Hunter section, with victories in the model as well as over fences and in the Pony Hunter Classic.

Emma also made her presence known in the big equitation classes. She guided F15 to ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay, WIHS, Platinum Performance Talent Search and the VHSA Medal, to name a few.

Mosie Pennington and her ponies Yours Truly and Dreamscape picked up ribbons both weeks, with Mosie making her regular pony debut in the Smalls with Dreamscape during Loudoun and winning a ribbon in every class.

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Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

“We had a great two weeks of showing,” said trainer Denice Perry. “We had a wonderful group of riders and horses, and everyone enjoyed spending time together and cheering each other on. They do a fantastic job with these two horse shows, and we’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend this time in our own backyard enjoying Virginia’s amazing hunt country and showing here.”

 

 

Skyland Rocks at Blue Rock

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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!”

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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.

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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.

 

Skyland Enjoys Summer’s End at Lexington

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Team Skyland rocked at the Lexington National!

The summer show season traditionally winds down during the Lexington National Horse Show in August, and the Skyland Team finished theirs with a bang, earning championships in the hunter and jumper sections.

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Chiara Carney and Gone Country with owner Leslie Kopp

Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie started the week at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington with the Thoroughbred Hunter Championship, and the momentum continued on. Chiara Carney and Gone Country captured the highly competitive 3’6″ Performance Working Hunter section.

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Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie

For the first time, Skyland’s homebred full brothers C’Superman and C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) spent a horse show together. It was Superman’s first “field trip,” and he couldn’t have been a better apprentice. No doubt his show career will continue on as his brother’s has, with great success. Ironman earned the NAYJDP Jumper championship with trainer Denice Perry aboard. Ironman earned two firsts and a second in the division, including victory in the Style Class.

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C’Superman and C’Ironman grazing together with Danielle DeRisio 

Emma Pell continued Skyland’s championship streak with the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper tricolor aboard Amelie. The pair also won the VHC Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Stake, and Emma picked up top ribbons with Ari 55 in the High Children’s Jumper section.

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Emma Pell with Denice Perry and Chiara Carney

HITS is a Hit For Skyland Farm

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Emma Pell and Ari 55 with, from left, Orlando Cruz, Zone 3 Chef d’Equipe Sandra Ruiz and Skyland Assistant Trainer Chiara Carney

The Skyland Farm team traveled to HITS-on-the-Hudson IV in Saugerties, New York, July 19-23 for the show, which also included the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships.

In their first appearance on the tour, Emma Pell and Ari 55 competed on the Zone 3 Children’s Jumper team. They ended with a bang, winning the NAJYRC Children’s Jumper Farewell competition.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55 won the Children’s Farewell Class

“I’m proud of Emma. She had a super finish for her first young riders tour,” said trainer Denice Perry.

“I want to also send a big congratulations to Skyland summer resident Virginia Bonnie and Captiva. They were members of the winning Zone 10 Children’s team and took home the gold medal!” added Denice. “Virginia also finished fourth in the individual competition that finished Sunday. She rode great, finishing with clean rounds over very big and technical courses.”

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Virginia Bonnie and Captiva

Skyland’s Leslie Kopp also traveled to New York, making the long trip worthwhile. She guided Gone Country and Griffin to a sweep of the championship and reserve championship honors in the Adult Amateur, 50 and Over section.

Earlier in the month, Skyland Farm riders and horses captured top honors at HITS Culpeper Showday National and the Warrenton Pony Show in Virginia, respectively.

Highlights included Virginia Bonnie topping the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal flat with Jelti JS, while Mosie Pennington and Oh Good Night earned the reserve championship in the Short Stirrup Equitation section. Michele Trufant’s Itchy Garrett tied for the .90m Jumper championship, while Emma Pell and Amelie tied for championship honors in the 1.0m Jumpers.

 

 

Skyland Claims Top Ribbons During Upperville and Loudoun Benefit

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Emma Pell and Amelie

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed two great weeks showing in their backyard, with the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit Horse Show taking place just down the road in Upperville, Virginia, from June 5-18 and the Grafton and Salem Farm Showgrounds.

From the Short Stirrup to the the Amateur-Owner Hunters to the Junior Jumpers, Skyland Farm riders took home championships and top ribbons to their home base in Middleburg.

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Virginia and Shelby Bonnie with Captiva

Highlights during Upperville included a variety of blue-ribbon results, including trainer Denice Perry’s 5-year-old homebred C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) who jumped clear in the NAYJDP Intro To Show Jumping and 1.0m Schooling Jumper classes.

Emma Pell also guided her jumpers to top ribbons, riding Amelie to victory in a Low Children’s Jumper class and Ari 55 to second place in a High Children’s Jumper class. She also earned ribbons on both in their respective NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics.

In the hunters, Leslie Kopp earned top ribbons aboard Gone Country in the competitive 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section, and Virginia Bonnie rode Jelti JS to excellent placings in the Large Junior, 15 and under, section and also won the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal class.

During the Loudoun Benefit, once again Skyland riders garnered top ribbons in the hunters, jumpers and equitation.

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Mosie Pennington with her parents, Laura and Ed

Highlights included tricolors for Mosie Pennington and Oh Good Night in the Short/Long Stirrup and Emma Pell and Cedilo in the 2’3″ USHJA Hunter section. Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie earned the reserve championship in the hotly contested Thoroughbred section with Chiara Carney in the irons.

Emma also guided Ari 55 to an impressive second place in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic, along with top ribbons in the High Children’s Jumper section. Leslie Kopp  earned excellent placings aboard Dolce Vita in the Adult Amateur Jumpers, including fifth in the Adult Jumper Classic.

After taking ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section at Upperville with Prime Time, Michele Trufant guided her young Thoroughbred jumper Itchy Garrett to impressive clear rounds in the .80 and .90m jumpers at Loudoun.

 

 

 

Skyland Farm Stars at Lexington Spring Premiere

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team made their Virginia spring show season debut during the Lexington Spring Premiere, held April 26-30 at the Virginia Horse Center.

It was ribbons galore from Short Stirrup to the Young Jumpers, and the result of horses and riders taking what they learned over the winter on the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit (Florida) or doing their homework at home and applying their skills to a new show season.

Emma Pell continued her success from WEF by earning the High Children’s Jumper championship and reserve titles aboard Ari 55 and Amelie, respectively. Emma and Amelie won the two section classes, with Ari placing second in both. Then, Ari won NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic to capture the tricolor.

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Leslie Kopp and Dolce Vita

Leslie Kopp and Dolce Vita, a newer partnership formed in Florida, showed their consistency by earning ribbons in all the Low Adult Jumper classes they contested. A highlight was their second-placed finish in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Stake.

Leslie’s Gone Country didn’t go unnoticed in the Hunter rings. With resident professional Chiara Carney aboard, Gone Country took top ribbons in the Green Hunter 3’9″/HP Hunters and also captured excellent ribbons in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, section with Leslie.

Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie started the 2017 show seasons with a bang, sweeping the Thoroughbred Hunter section with Chiara in the irons. Ollie won all three classes and also had a nice third-placed performance in the Special Hunters.

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Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie

Mosie Pennington and Your Truly collected a multitude of ribbons, from the Pleasure, Equitation and Short Stirrup sections, including three blue ribbons.

Trainer Denice Perry showed her 5-year-old homebred C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) to impressive rounds in the NAYJDP Intro to Show Jumping classes, where he jumped clear, and they also earned first- and second-placed ribbons in the .85/.90m Jumpers.

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Mosie Pennington and Yours Truly

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