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
Alex Tippett and El Cano celebrate their High Children’s Jumper Championship with, from left, show manager Leslie Brown and mother Michele Tippett
Alex Tippett and El Cano jumped to top honors during the Lexington Spring Encore, held April 30-May 4 in Lexington, Virginia. They clinched the High Children’s Jumper championships with two victories in the section, including top honors in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic. The duo also earned top ribbons the previous week during the Lexington Spring Premiere, with a special highlight taking place when Alex received the Children’s Jumper Style Award.
“Alex rode great at the Lexington horse shows, and I’m so happy for her successes,” said trainer Denice Perry. “This is the second season Alex and Ainsley Treptow’s El Cano have been partnered together, and they’re a well-oiled machine now. They traveled to the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Florida this winter, and that added mileage and experience really paid off here, where they were really on their game. I also have to thank Michele Tippett for her support and her ‘riding from the stands.’ Her right rein really worked for Alex!”
Skyland Farm horses and riders also collected a variety of other ribbons and awards, with Elizabeth Wiley earning blue ribbons aboard her mounts Crescendo and Say Again in the Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, section. Crescendo also concluded the show with the reserve championship.
On the West Coast, Skyland Farm rider Virginia Bonnie and Wink And Smile picked up some awesome prizes during the Del Mar Horse Show. We look forward to having Virginia back on the East Coast for some summer showing.
Elizabeth Wiley and Marvalust
Ulises and Cirena
Elizabeth Wiley, Colleen Hahn and Alex Tippett
Skyland Farm riders and horses had a terrific two weeks at the Lexington Spring Horse Shows in Virginia, with an especially bountiful collection of ribbons during the Spring Encore, May 2-5.
Elizabeth Wiley and Marvalust claimed two Reserve Championship ribbons in the Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter Division and the Thoroughbred Hunter Division. The pair also made their début in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, Division, taking excellent ribbons in the three classes.
After having a foal last year, Cirena is back in action and hitting her stride again. She and trainer Denice Perry won a Modified Jumper 1.10m class and placed in the 1.20m and 1.25m classes as well.
Alex Tippett and El Cano jumped to top ribbons in the Children’s Jumpers, with an impressive second place in one of the 1.0m classes and a sixth-placed finish in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic.