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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!”

 

A Fantastic Fall Indoors

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Emma Pell and Ari 55 at the Pennsylvania National

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed a successful and fun East Coast Fall Indoor show season in October, with top ribbons from the Capital Challenge in Maryland to the Washington International in downtown D.C.

Emma Pell and Ari 55 made their presence known in the Children’s Jumpers throughout the circuit. A highlight was their fantastic double-clear performance and third-placed finish in the $10,000 NAL Children’s Jumper Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Because Harrisburg and the USHJA Zone 3/WIHS Regional Horse Show in Maryland ran concurrently, trainer Denice Perry and assistant Chiara Carney had to split up training duties. While Denice was anxiously watching the live stream in Maryland, Chiara helped Emma take to the show ring in Harrisburg, where she and Ari were just one of four competitors to jump two perfect rounds.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

“Emma is a ‘Rock Star’ for sure,” said Leslie Kopp. “I watched her rounds live with Denice in Upper Marlboro at the WIHS show. Denice was coming out of her seat in excitement! We had a crowd cheering Emma on!! During the jump-off, when it was coming down to the wire and Emma was still in the lead, Denice could hardly watch. So much team work with the Skyland farm family. Congrats to Emma, her fabulous horse Ari and assistant trainer Chiara!”

Emma and Ari then traveled to the Washington International, where they once again jumped a clear first round to place fifth in the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship.

Mosie Pennington took two tricolors at the WIHS Regional Horse Show when she guided Yours Truly and Oh Good Night to the championship and reserve championship in the Short Stirrup Hunter section.

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Mosie Pennington at the WIHS Regional Horse Show

Congratulations also to Leslie Kopp for earning great ribbons in the WIHS and Zone Adult Hunters and Jumpers aboard Griffin, Gone Country and Dolce Vita.

Maryland Horse & Pony Show

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Emma Pell’s smile says it all! The Skyland Farm team couldn’t help but celebrate after a wonderful time at the Maryland Horse & Pony Show, held September 13-17 at the Prince Georges Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Emma and Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell swept the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter classes, even those held under the lights. They also placed second, third, sixth and eighth in the Medium Pony Hunter section, which was held outdoors as well as indoors, and were second in the Green Pony Hunter Classic.

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Breeder Thora Pollak with Rebel Yell and Emma Pell 

“For a green pony to show that consistently outside, inside and under the lights, is pretty amazing,” said Perry. “He’s a lovely pony.”

Owner and breeder Thora Pollak, of Potomac, Maryland, attended the show to cheer on her homebred 7-year-old Welsh-Thoroughbred cross (Meadowbrook’s Special Edition–Chelsea’s Renaissance).

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Mosie Pennington with Yours Truly and Oh Good Night

Mosie Pennington also enjoyed a banner show on her ponies. Mosie guided Yours Truly  to the championship in the Opportunity Mini Short Stirrup, 8 and under, section and captured the reserve championship in the Opportunity Short Stirrup section with Oh Good Night.

“Way to go Mosie! She rode great, and we are all super proud of her,” said Denice.

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Mosie Pennington and Emma Pell with the “loot” after Mosie won her first Short Stirrup class.

Other highlights included Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie and Prime Time both receiving numerous ribbons in the highly contested Thoroughbred Hunter sections with Michele and Chiara Carney in the irons.

“The Thoroughbred divisions were the best I’ve seen all year,” said Denice. “There were 19 entries in the 3′ Thoroughbred Hunters and very competitive classes. Michele and her great Thoroughbreds were spectacular, taking top ribbons in the model, over fences and under saddle.”

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Michele Trufant with 20-year-old Prime Time, fourth in the model!

In the Adult Amateurs, Leslie Kopp continued collecting great ribbons aboard her Hunters and Jumpers, including Dolce Vita, F15, Gone Country and Griffin.

“It was a big show, with many entries, and Leslie and her horses did quite well,” said Denice. “I’m proud of her.”

Additionally, Kaylin Dines and her wonderful mount Why Not were second in the NAL/WIHS High Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and earned ribbons in all of the jumper classes they contested all weekend! “We’re glad you are back showing. We all missed you!” said Denice.

Emma Pell’s Memorable Year

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Skyland Farm congratulates Emma Pell for a most amazing 2016 show season aboard her ponies and horses!

2016 Year-End Awards Included:

–WCHR Mid Atlantic Region Champion – Pony

— Virginia Horse Shows Association —

  • VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Champion
  • Small Pony Hunter Champion – Forget Me Not
  • Medium Pony Hunter Champion – Checkmate

— Maryland Horse Show Association —

  • Pony Medal Champion
  • Small Pony Hunter Champion and Grand Pony Hunter Champion – Forget Me Not
  • Medium Pony Hunter Champion – Checkmate

We congratulate you and wish you the best of luck in 2017!

Skyland Concludes a Successful Show Season at RMI Raleigh Benefit

 

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The Skyland Farm team traveled to the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse Show, November 16-20 in North Carolina, and finished the 2016 show season with a combination of amazing results and lots of fun.

A highlight of the week was Friday night’s Rotating Pair Relay, where Emma Pell and Chiara Carney entertained the spectators with not only their costumes but also their exciting performance. Emma was the “robber” on Amelie and Chiara was the “cop” riding Ari 55, and they switched off jumping the course in a relay fashion without faults to finished second to winners Tracy Magness and Wendy Libert who rode as simple pleasures “pizza” and “beer.” It was a great class and so much fun for everyone!

“I’ve never seen Chiara go that fast and leave strides out,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Emma rode so well, too, and they made a formidable team. It was such a great class and everyone enjoyed it so much.”

Emma continued her streak in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers where she won two classes and earned the championship aboard Amelie. Emma also took excellent ribbons riding Ari 55.

“Emma and Amelie are a relatively new partnership, but they’ve already clicked,” said Denice. “They’re an amazing team, go so fast and love each other.”

Leslie Kopp concluded her banner show season with more accolades in the jumper and hunter rings. She earned ribbons in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers aboard Cardine and also picked up placings with Carduzo as well.

Leslie’s time in the hunter ring was especially memorable at RMI for her victory in the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic and championship honors in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter section with Gone Country. Earlier in the week, Chiara Carney also piloted Gone Country to the tricolor in the Green/High Performance Hunters for an especially rewarding week for the elegant bay.

Leslie also earned excellent prizes in the same section aboard Fenwick, who also took home championship honors in the 3’6″ Performance Hunters with Chiara.

Michele Trufant and her longtime partner Prime Time captured championship honors in the Adult Amateur, 36 and over, section with consistent results in every single class. Michele also brought her up-and-coming Thoroughbred Dancing Ollie for some show experience with Denice in the irons, and he was rewarded with the TIP High-Point Thoroughbred Hunter Award. Ollie also earned the reserve championship in the Training Hunters.

Denice and Clifton Farms LLC’s Jelti Js made their USHJA International Hunter Derby debut at RMI, taking fifth place overall after claiming sixth in the Classic Round and fourth in the Handy Round. “She was really fun,” said Denice. “I think she’ll have a super future with Virginia Bonnie in the Large Juniors and equitation classes this winter in Thermal, California. I wish them the best of luck. She’s a special mare!”

Middleburg Classic Champion

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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Congratulations to Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape for starting out 2018 with great success! Best of luck throughout the year!

A Grand Time at Warrenton Pony Show

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The Warrenton Pony Show in Virginia, the oldest Pony Show in the United States, is a favorite stop on the summer show circuit for Skyland Farm, and this year’s event, June 29-July 3, was especially successful for the entire team.

Emma Pell won the prestigious VHSA Pony Medal Finals held Friday evening aboard her Checkmate. “She’s ridden with me for more than two years, and this was one of her goals,” said trainer Denice Perry. “She rode beautifully, and I think she won by quite a margin, in my opinion.”

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Emma Pell receives her awards for winning the VHSA Pony Medal Final!

Additionally, Skyland student Virginia Bonnie and her mare Blue A Kiss earned the Large Pony Hunter championship, sweeping the division, and also earned the Grand Pony Championship, won the Pony Hunter Classic  and finished the show as Overall Grand Hunter Champion.

“Virginia is an amazing horsewoman. She’s the great-granddaughter of Mrs. A.C. Randolph, granddaughter of Nina Bonnie and daughter of Shelby and Carol Bonnie, of Upperville, Virginia and San Francisco. Great horsemanship is obviously in her blood!” said Denice.

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Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss receiving the Grand Championship titles!

Skyland’s riders picked up quite a collection of tricolor ribbons during the show. Leslie Kopp and her Fenwick earned the Amateur-Owner Hunter Reserve Championship, while Emma Pell and Checkmate were Reserve Champions in the Medium Pony Hunters and Emma guided her Small Pony Hunter Forget Me Not to the Reserve in that section as well. It was a great week to enjoy many successes and celebrate the Fourth of July!

Bountiful Ribbons at Loudoun Benefit

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After a super successful week during the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, Skyland Farm clients and horses continued their excellent performances during the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, held on the same show grounds in Upperville, Virginia, from June 15-19.

Championship ribbons began accumulating from the start of the week, with Leslie Kopp’s Fenwick earning the 3’3″ Performance Hunter Championship with Chiara Carney aboard. Leslie also earned excellent ribbons later in the week aboard Fenwick in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section.

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Virginia Bonnie and Wishful Thinking

Amelie and Alexandra Tippett jumped to the Low Adult Amateur Jumper Championship after top placings in the section as well as victory in the Classic. Similarly, Virginia Bonnie and her Wishful Thinking captured the Low Children’s Jumper Classic blue ribbon on their way to the section championship. Virginia continued her winning ways in the hunter ring as well, guiding Blue A Kiss to the Large Pony Hunter reserve championship in this hotly contested pony section. The pair also won the Pony Hunter Classic, topping a field of 19 entries.

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Emma Pell added blue ribbons to her collection with wins with Checkmate in the Medium Pony Hunters and Ari 55 in the jumpers. Leslie Kopp also placed well in the Adult Jumpers with Carduzo and El Cano as did Kaylin Dines and Why Not, while Virginia Bonnie soared to top placings on Captiva, her newest mount. Michele Trufant guided her Prime Time and Dancing Ollie to excellent performances, with Dancing Ollie earning the reserve championship in the Open Hunters, and Danielle DeRisio rode Skyland Farm’s veteran Placido to ribbons in the Children’s Hunter, 15-17, section.

“Skyland horses and riders were awesome throughout the week,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Many new combinations made successful debuts, and we are all really excited about the summer. I’d like to thank all of the Skyland team for making the past two weeks quite memorable. The team of Orlando, Ruben, Samuel, Jamie, Manuel and Chiara deserve a huge thank you!”

We hope you enjoy this collection of fun photos from the week–so many great memories made!