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Skyland Farm Stars at Lexington Spring Premiere


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.


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.


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.


Mosie Pennington and Yours Truly

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!

Lexington Spring Premiere


Despite cool and damp weather for much of the week, the Skyland Farm team withstood the elements to claim major victories at the Lexington Spring Premiere, April 21-16 in Lexington, Virginia.


Emma Pell had a banner show, sweeping the Small Pony Hunter section aboard Forget Me Not. The pair won all five classes in the section to also earn the Grand Pony Hunter championship. In addition, Emma guided Glynmagic Cover Girl to two blue ribbons in the Medium Pony Hunter section, and when combined with their other top placings, the pair clinched the reserve championship.

“Pony Finals here we come!” said trainer Denice Perry. “Forget Me Not was already qualified, but with this week’s reserve championship, Glynmagic Cover Girl now secured a spot. I’m so excited for Emma. She rode great all weekend, and I’m very proud of her.”

Elizabeth Wiley also picked up tricolor honors in Lexington, riding Say Again to the Low Hunter championship and the Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, reserve championship. The pair collected three blue ribbons and multiple other top placings in the two sections. Elizabeth also guided Crescendo to excellent performances in the Adult Hunters, for a colorful collection of ribbons during the week.

Leslie Kopp returned to the ring aboard The Impressionist and El Cano in the hunter and jumper sections. Highlights included two clear-round blue ribbons in the .95m Schooling Jumpers and a fifth place in the Low Adult Jumpers, Leslie’s first time moving up to this level.