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Skyland Concludes a Successful Show Season at RMI Raleigh Benefit



The Skyland Farm team traveled to the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse Show, November 16-20 in North Carolina, and finished the 2016 show season with a combination of amazing results and lots of fun.

A highlight of the week was Friday night’s Rotating Pair Relay, where Emma Pell and Chiara Carney entertained the spectators with not only their costumes but also their exciting performance. Emma was the “robber” on Amelie and Chiara was the “cop” riding Ari 55, and they switched off jumping the course in a relay fashion without faults to finished second to winners Tracy Magness and Wendy Libert who rode as simple pleasures “pizza” and “beer.” It was a great class and so much fun for everyone!

“I’ve never seen Chiara go that fast and leave strides out,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Emma rode so well, too, and they made a formidable team. It was such a great class and everyone enjoyed it so much.”

Emma continued her streak in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers where she won two classes and earned the championship aboard Amelie. Emma also took excellent ribbons riding Ari 55.

“Emma and Amelie are a relatively new partnership, but they’ve already clicked,” said Denice. “They’re an amazing team, go so fast and love each other.”

Leslie Kopp concluded her banner show season with more accolades in the jumper and hunter rings. She earned ribbons in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumpers aboard Cardine and also picked up placings with Carduzo as well.

Leslie’s time in the hunter ring was especially memorable at RMI for her victory in the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic and championship honors in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter section with Gone Country. Earlier in the week, Chiara Carney also piloted Gone Country to the tricolor in the Green/High Performance Hunters for an especially rewarding week for the elegant bay.

Leslie also earned excellent prizes in the same section aboard Fenwick, who also took home championship honors in the 3’6″ Performance Hunters with Chiara.

Michele Trufant and her longtime partner Prime Time captured championship honors in the Adult Amateur, 36 and over, section with consistent results in every single class. Michele also brought her up-and-coming Thoroughbred Dancing Ollie for some show experience with Denice in the irons, and he was rewarded with the TIP High-Point Thoroughbred Hunter Award. Ollie also earned the reserve championship in the Training Hunters.

Denice and Clifton Farms LLC’s Jelti Js made their USHJA International Hunter Derby debut at RMI, taking fifth place overall after claiming sixth in the Classic Round and fourth in the Handy Round. “She was really fun,” said Denice. “I think she’ll have a super future with Virginia Bonnie in the Large Juniors and equitation classes this winter in Thermal, California. I wish them the best of luck. She’s a special mare!”

Ribbons in Raleigh


Corrado and Leslie Kopp

The Skyland Farm team spent two fun weeks in Raleigh, North Carolina, attending the Jump For The Children and RMI Raleigh Benefit horse shows in November at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex.

There were many highlights, including first and last ribbons, new partnerships and breakthrough moments as the 2015 show season comes to a conclusion.

The beautiful gray Corrado partnered with Leslie Kopp and Chiara Carney for excellent ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, section and the 3’6″ Performance Hunters both weeks.

Emma Pell and Glynmagic Cover Girl won their final class together at RMI in the Medium Pony Hunter section. “Coa Coa headed back to her owner, Schyler Gobin, before finding a new child to continue her winning ways with,” said trainer Denice Perry. “We will all miss her. She’s a great pony!”


Emma Pell, Glynmagic Gover Girl and their supporters Friday night under the lights with their third-placed ribbon in the highly contested Pony Hunter Classic at the RMI Raleigh Benefit.

Many blue ribbons adorned the Skyland Farm banner during the two weeks, with contributions from Crescendo and Elizabeth Wiley, The Impressionist and Leslie and Forget Me Not with Emma.

A special shout-out to Alex Tippett, who won with her new mount Amelie during their first show together. Congratulations are also in order for Leslie and her newest partner News Flash, who garnered good ribbons in the Adult Amateur section during their debut show.


Emma Pell and Glynmagic Cover Girl with their final blue ribbon together.

The Skyland Farm team looks forward to a great show season in 2016, which officially begins in a few short weeks on December 1.

Relay Race

Alex Tippett and El Cano

Maryann Charles and Icarus De Carolina

Skyland Farm congratulates Alex Tippett and Maryann Charles for their impressive second-placed performance in the Rotating Pair Relay at the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse Show, held November 14-18 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Quick Turn

Fast Pair

The unlikely pair of the 17+ hand El Cano and the 15-hand black stallion made for an entertaining duo, and their team name, Me and My Shadow, worked perfectly. Just one other team in the 28-entry class could match their speed, and the pair earned the red ribbon for their fast, clear round.

Alex and El Cano also earned the show’s reserve champion in the Children’s Jumper section, and Elizabeth Wiley and Marvelust earned top ribbons in the Pre-Adult and Low Hunter sections to end a great year of showing.