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Bountiful Ribbons at Loudoun Benefit


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.

Virginia Bonnie and Wishful Thinking

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.


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!

Top Performances at Upperville



Alex Tippett and Amelie

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed one of the best Upperville Colt & Horse Shows in recent memory, with nearly perfect weather that rivaled any the show has experienced in its 163-year history. Highlights were many, on the Hunter and Jumper sides of Route 50, from June 6-12 in Upperville, Virginia.

On the Hunter side, Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss earned the Large Pony Hunter championship with beautiful performances over fences and under saddle, including an impressive win in the handy class.


Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss

Alex Tippett and Bertram Firestone’s Amelie earned the Low Adult Amateur Jumper championship with a first and third in the section as well a third in the hotly contested Low Adult Amateur Jumper Classic.

Virginia Fout, a Skyland visitor and friend from California, earned the Amateur-Owner, 36 and Over, championship, the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship and was named the Best
Amateur Rider. Nick Haness trained Virginia and her horse Cristiano, but Skyland expert staff did a perfect job with his preparation and presentation. Kudos to the entire team!

Other highlights included super ribbons for Emma Pell and her ponies Checkmate and Forget Me Not in the Medium and Small section classes as well as the Pony Classics.

Leslie Kopp’s Fenwick earned excellent ribbons in the 3’3″ Performance Hunter division under the guidance of professional Chiara Carney as well as ribbons in the competitive older Amateur-Owner, 3’3″
Hunter section with Leslie aboard. Leslie also earned ribbons in the High Adult Amateur Jumpers with El Cano.

Michele Trufant and Prime Time as well as Danielle DeRisio on Skyland Farm’s veteran Placido both had excellent placings in their respective divisions.

On the jumper side, Virginia Bonnie and her two relatively new jumpers Wishful Thinking and Captiva had good ribbons in the Low and High Children’s jumper divisions, respectively, and Kaylin Dines and her High Adult Jumper earned ribbons as well. Colleen Hahn and HJ Vasco made a super appearance in the Low Adult Jumpers after a year-long hiatus, and they were great considering such a long break!

“All in all, the Skyland group had a super show,” said trainer Denice Perry. “The horses jumped beautifully, and the riders were great. I’d like to thank the entire Skyland team for making this show so successful for everyone. We have one more big week to go, and best of luck to our team competing at this week’s Loudoun Benefit Horse Show!”

In Style at Lexington Encore


Leslie Kopp and El Cano

Skyland Farm horses and riders enjoyed a successful and fun week at the Lexington Spring Encore Horse Show, held May 4-8 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

A major highlight was when Leslie Kopp received the Adult Jumper Style Award following her sixth-placed performance aboard El Cano in the NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic. “I’m super happy for Leslie winning this prestigious award,” said trainer Denice Perry. “She has worked hard and rode El Cano beautifully. Her style is beautiful, and she rides him around looking like she’s competing in an equitation class. The award is well deserved.”


Emma Pell also continued her winning ways aboard her ponies Forget Me Not and Checkmate. She guided Forget Me Not to the Small Pony Hunter championship and earned the reserve tricolor in the Medium section with Checkmate.

Emma also topped the WIHS Pony Equitation Classic and earned ribbons on both ponies in the Pony Hunter Classic. In addition, Emma also earned the Dover Saddlery Best Child Rider on a Pony Award for the second consecutive week for a wonderful conclusion to the Lexington Spring show series.


Emma Pell and Forget Me Not


Emma Pell and Checkmate


Lots of Ribbons at Lexington


Emma Pell with Forget Me Not and Checkmate

Skyland Farm riders and horses celebrated the tradition of the Lexington Spring Horse Shows with lots of ribbons and memorable moments. The Lexington Spring Premiere, April 27-May 1 in Lexington, Virginia, kicked off the two-week series, and although there were some rainy days, they didn’t dampen the success.

Emma Pell collected a vast array of impressive wins, earning the Best Child Rider on a Pony Award after earning the Small/Medium Pony Hunter championship and reserve championship ribbons with Forget Me Not and Checkmate, respectively. The trio also collected first and second in the Pony Hunter Classic, and Emma won the VHSA/EMO Pony Medal and placed second in the WIHS Pony Medal.

“Emma rode amazingly!” said trainer Denice Perry. “Her performances were probably the best and most consistent I’ve ever seen her ride. All of that time in Florida and the practice and ring time really showed dividends here last weekend. And riding her new jumper is a super asset.”


Kaylin Dines with Why Not, right, and Leslie Kopp with El Cano

Emma recently acquired the veteran horse Ari 55 to show her the ropes in the jumpers, and they competed in several Training and Schooling jumper classes as well as the VHSA Equitation on the Flat, earning a variety of ribbons. “This is a very exciting combination, and I look forward to watching Ari develop Emma into quite the jumper rider,” added Denice.

Leslie Kopp returned from a successful Florida circuit and continued collecting top ribbons at Lexington. She showed Carduzo in the Low Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumpers and El Cano in the Highs, taking impressive placings aboard both horses, including seventh place in the NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic. “Leslie and El Cano had ribbons in every class in the Highs, which was a great accomplishment,” said Denice.

Leslie Kopp and El Cano

Leslie Kopp and El Cano

Additionally, Skyland welcomes new student Kaylin Dines and her amazing horse Why Not. They were second in the Low Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper stake, third in the NAL/WIHS High Adult Amateur Classic and Kaylin ale received the Adult Amateur Jumper Style Award.

Congratulations to all of the Skyland Farm riders and owners, and best of luck during this week’s Lexington Spring Encore!

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.

El Cano WEF

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

Gone Country

Congratulations to Leslie Kopp and Gone Country on a wonderful 2017 show season, with top placings and championships in the Amateur sections from the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit to Virginia and New York!


Congratulations to Emma Pell and Amelie for their wonderful performances on the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit!

Wink And Smile Wonderful at WEF 3


What a week for Skyland Farm during Week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida!

The highlight was Emma Pell riding Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to the Small Pony Hunter championship. The pair was featured in the WEF Press Release, published Sunday January 31 by Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.:

Emma Pell and Wink And Smile Victorious in the VisseWedell Small Pony Hunters

It was tough competition at “Pony Island” on Sunday morning as some of WEF’s youngest riders duked it out for the Small Pony Hunter championship presented by Visse Wedell. Emma Pell, who rides at Skyland Farm in Virginia, guided Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to the top of the class. The pair earned two blue ribbons over fences on Saturday and placed third and eighth over jumps on Sunday. Reilly Gogul piloted Sweet Oak Farm’s Mr. Magoo to the reserve honors, winning the handy round as well as second and sixth over fences and sixth in the under saddle.


Emma Pell and Wink And Smile

Pell has only been riding the 14-year-old Welsh Pony gelding for three weeks, but it has proven to be a successful match. During WEF 2 the pair earned two second-placed ribbons over fences in the Small Pony Hunter division.

“He’s really fun,” Pell remarked about her mount. “He’s a really good pony.”

“He is really easy, and he helps me a lot,” Pell commented about her catch ride on Wink And Smile, who she will continue showing until he is sold. Pell also competed in the division with her own mare Forget Me Not, who she earned consistent ribbons with throughout the weekend, including a fourth place finish over fences on Sunday.

“It was really good competition,” Pell commented about the field of 18 she competed against. “I’m glad I was champion because I think he deserved it.”

Trainer Denice Perry was thrilled with her student’s success and the media attention she received for a job well done.

“I’m so happy for Emma and Wink,” she said. “Emma is riding beautifully, and Wink has not put a foot wrong. He loves Emma, and she fits him perfectly. Sadly, Virginia Bonnie, his owner, has just gotten too tall so he’s looking for a new home. The girls are friends, so it’s nice that Emma could take over the reins while we are in search of a new home for him. He’s a great pony!”

Emma also had a super weekend on her own Forget Me Not. She was reserve champion owner/rider in the Small Pony Hunter section, and she won the WIHS Pony Equitation class and placed second in the USEF Pony Medal.

Virginia, who is showing on the HITS Desert circuit in Thermal, California, this winter, also had a banner weekend. She was reserve champion in the Large Pony Hunter section on her Blue A Kiss and received excellent ribbons in the Children’s Jumpers on her new horse, Blink. Congratulations to all!

The Skyland Farm team


Congratulations to Mary Lou Glover’s Blush and Eddyn Molden on stellar performances during the 2021 show season.

Blue At WEF 2


Emma Pell and Checkmate

Skyland Farm horses and riders continued their excellent performances during Week 2 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, January 20-24.

Emma Pell and Checkmate starred in the highly competitive Medium Pony Hunter section, winning the Handy round in a field of 33 entries. Emma also guided Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to two second-placed ribbons over fences in the Small Pony Hunters and her own Forget Me Not to excellent ribbons in the same section for a banner weekend all around.


Emma Pell with Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile

Special congratulations to Virginia and Blue A Kiss for their Reserve Championship in the Large Pony Hunter section on the HITS Desert circuit in Thermal, California over the weekend. Virginia also earned ribbons in the Children’s Jumpers aboard her new horse, Blink. Great job!

Leslie Kopp and Fenwick added to their ribbon collection with impressive placings in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section.


Leslie Kopp with Fenwick

The young Coffee Boy impressed the judges in Florida, with ribbons in every class of the Pre-Green 3- and 4-Year-Olds with trainer Denice Perry riding. His prizes included two second-placed ribbons over fences in good company.

Skyland Farm sends best wishes to our friends and neighbors in Virginia, where some areas around Skyland’s Middleburg home base received between 2 and 3 feet of snow during the blizzard.