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HITS is a Hit For Skyland Farm


Emma Pell and Ari 55 with, from left, Orlando Cruz, Zone 3 Chef d’Equipe Sandra Ruiz and Skyland Assistant Trainer Chiara Carney

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.


Emma Pell and Ari 55 won the Children’s Farewell Class

“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.”


Virginia Bonnie and Captiva

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.




The Impressionist and Chiara Parlagreco on the way to victory in the $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix.

Chiara and The Impressionist did it! They dominated the $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix on the second day, winning both rounds, to take the top check home for Skyland Farm and owner Ainsley Treptow!

This was the richest class in the country for Junior and Amateur riders, and the competition was tough. Even with all the pressure, Chiara held off all contenders and guided “Nemo” to the best overall score and won three of the four rounds outright.

Chiara originally qualified for the Hunter Prix aboard Skyland Farm’s Placido, but when he suffered a minor injury just a day before the competition began, Ainsley Treptow offered her Nemo as a substitute mount. Trainer Denice Perry and her husband Roy drove Nemo up to New York from Virginia on Thursday evening, and Chiara and Nemo started the four-round competition the following morning.

After the first two rounds, Chiara said: “This horse was amazing. He was super quiet, and his cross-country experience came in handy when jumping the bank. At this point, it’s about so much more than the money – I am just really excited to be here.”

With her characteristic focus and smooth style, Chiara guided Nemo to two more beautiful rounds to clinch the victory on Sunday, September 9.

“She rode beautifully. She didn’t make a mistake,” said Denice. “Roy and I were so nervous watching her walk into the ring for the final round, but they just went in and put in another gorgeous trip. He’s such a great horse. He just loves his job and is such an incredible jumper that it just makes the perfect picture as they go around.”

Roy and Denice Perry with Chiara Parlagreco and The Impressionist.

In Contention

Chiara Parlagreco and The Impressionist.

Skyland Farm traveled to HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, for the “Richest Weekend in Show Jumping.” So far, the trip seems to be paying dividends!

Chiara Parlagreco riding Ainsley Treptow’s The Impressionist made an impression on the judges during the first two rounds of the $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix on Friday and Saturday, September 7-8. The pair posted the winning score in Round 1 (89 and 90) over 50 other contenders. And after a solid performance Saturday with scores of 85 and 86, they stand first overall going into today’s final rounds.

The top 25 return for the Final with clean slates. By virtue of Chiara’s standing, she’ll go last and be able to observe those before her to plan the best tracks for her horse.

We’ll be rooting for Chiara and “Nemo” as they vie for the top prize of $75,000. But no matter what color ribbon they bring home, they’ve already shown they’re the best of the best.