The Warrenton Pony Show in Virginia, the oldest Pony Show in the United States, is a favorite stop on the summer show circuit for Skyland Farm, and this year’s event, June 29-July 3, was especially successful for the entire team.
Emma Pell won the prestigious VHSA Pony Medal Finals held Friday evening aboard her Checkmate. “She’s ridden with me for more than two years, and this was one of her goals,” said trainer Denice Perry. “She rode beautifully, and I think she won by quite a margin, in my opinion.”
Emma Pell receives her awards for winning the VHSA Pony Medal Final!
Additionally, Skyland student Virginia Bonnie and her mare Blue A Kiss earned the Large Pony Hunter championship, sweeping the division, and also earned the Grand Pony Championship, won the Pony Hunter Classic and finished the show as Overall Grand Hunter Champion.
“Virginia is an amazing horsewoman. She’s the great-granddaughter of Mrs. A.C. Randolph, granddaughter of Nina Bonnie and daughter of Shelby and Carol Bonnie, of Upperville, Virginia and San Francisco. Great horsemanship is obviously in her blood!” said Denice.
Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss receiving the Grand Championship titles!
Skyland’s riders picked up quite a collection of tricolor ribbons during the show. Leslie Kopp and her Fenwick earned the Amateur-Owner Hunter Reserve Championship, while Emma Pell and Checkmate were Reserve Champions in the Medium Pony Hunters and Emma guided her Small Pony Hunter Forget Me Not to the Reserve in that section as well. It was a great week to enjoy many successes and celebrate the Fourth of July!
Emma Pell and Forget Me Not
Pam Baker and Virginia Bonnie
Leslie Kopp and Fenwick
The Skyland Team
Virginia Bonnie, Denice Perry and Pam Baker
Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss
Virginia and Nina Bonnie
Virginia Bonnie and Emma Pell
Emma Pell and Checkmate
Virginia and Nina Bonnie
Skyland Farm wishes to congratulate Emma Pell and Forget Me Not for their excellent performances in 2015! Their consistency and winning efforts in the Small Pony Hunters resulted in the Small Pony Hunter year-end titles in both the Virginia and Maryland Horse Shows Associations! They also placed third in the highly competitive USHJA Zone 3.
Great job and best wishes for a wonderful 2016 show season!
The Skyland Farm team traveled to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for several weeks of showing in late July and early August. It was a great chance to spend time at one of the country’s best equestrian venues and enjoy competing against new horses and riders and meeting friends, both new and old.
The highlights were many, and included great ribbons as well as fun adventures on the Rolex Kentucky cross-country course. Elizabeth Wiley and Say Again continued on with their tricolor collection with the reserve championship honors in the Kentucky Summer Classic’s Adult Amateur, 36-59, section against some tough competition. Elizabeth also picked up nice placings on Crescendo in the same section.
Virginia Bonnie and Wink And Smile also collected a reserve championship at the Kentucky Summer, theirs coming in the super competitive Small Pony Hunter section where riders were gearing up and practicing for the upcoming Pony Finals competition. Likewise, Skyland Farm’s ponies prepared for Pony Finals with great ribbons in their respective sections, including Emma Pell with Checkmate, Glynmagic Cover Girl and Forget Me Not, and Virginia with Blue A Kiss and Prom Queen.
Leslie Kopp guided The Impressionist, Amicello, El Cano and Bethany to excellent ribbons in the Adult Amateur hunter and jumper sections.
The U.S. Pony Finals, held August 3-9, attracted more than 600 ponies that competed in six sections of regular and green ponies and featured intense competition as well as fun and games for pony riders.
Highlights for Skyland Farm included Emma Pell and Forget Me Not earning a top-10 ribbon in the Small Pony Model and Emma placing 36th overall aboard Checkmate in the Medium Green section. Virginia Bonnie was impressive in the Marshall & Sterling/U.S. Pony Medal Final and was a finalist, placing in the top 25 out of 165 riders.
“It was a great two weeks, and we all had fun and learned a lot,” said trainer Denice Perry.
Denice Perry and Virginia Bonnie strategizing.
Virginia Bonnie rode Prom Queen and Wink And Smile to fourth and fifth in the Pony Hunter Classic!
Virginia Bonnie shows Wink And Smile for conformation judging.
Virginia Bonnie and Prom Queen celebrate their equitation victory with Denice Perry.
Virginia Bonnie with Wink And Smile enjoy their reserve championship in the Pony Hunters!
Michelle Tippett, baker extraordinaire, made a sweet treat for Abbie Taylor’s birthday celebration.
Skyland Farm riders enjoyed their time at the HITS Showday National and Cavalier Classic horse shows in Culpeper, Virginia, from July 3-14.
Lots of great rounds resulted in great results. Virginia Bonnie earned a variety of top ribbons, including multiple blues in the Pony Equitation section, and she earned the Small Pony Hunter Championship with Tustin Farm’s Wink And Smile the second week.
Alex Tippett and El Cano also earned excellent ribbons both weeks, including a top finish in a Low Children’s Jumper class during each of the two weeks.
Abbie Taylor took ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 18-35, section and the Low Amateur-Owner, 18-35, Hunter section with Here ‘Tiz, and she celebrated her birthday!
Marvalust and Elizabeth Wiley also earned their fair share of blues, taking top honors in several classes in the Thoroughbred Hunter sections and ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, section.
Kathryn Harrell returned to the show ring after a hiatus and guided her new partner McQue to championship honors in the Pre-Adult Hunter section, and they also earned numerous ribbons in the Novice Adult Hunter section. Welcome back!
Congratulations to all and special thanks to Shelby Bonnie for the great photos!