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.
“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.”
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.