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Skyland Excels Under the Oaks


Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed two beautiful weeks in early June under the oaks at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit Horse Show in Upperville, Virginia.

The picturesque show grounds, located just minutes from Skyland’s home base in Middleburg, allowed for lots of fun and socializing as well as ribbon-winning performances.

During Upperville, highlights included Emma Pell’s top results in the High Children’s Jumpers aboard Ari 55. The pair ended the week tied for the reserve championship. They continued the momentum into Loudoun, where they earned top ribbons and placed fifth in the NAL/WIHS High Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic after going first in the class and setting an impressive pace.


Leslie Kopp and Dolce Vita

Leslie Kopp and Fenwick also earned a tricolor, taking a reserve championship in a section of the Local Hunter Owner/Rider division. The pair also returned for ribbons in the Adult Amateur Hunter, 50 and over section, and Leslie also piloted Griffin to excellent ribbons in the same division in a competitive field. Fenwick showed his talents during Loudoun as well, winning the Performance Working Handy Hunter over fences class with Chiara Carney in a class of more than 30 entries.

Leslie enjoyed her time in the jumpers as well, riding El Cano and Dolce Vita to ribbons in the Adult Amateurs


Michele Trufant and Prime Time

Michele Trufant and Prime Time also earned excellent ribbons in the Local Hunter Owner/Rider section and, like Leslie, they accrued ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section. Michele also showed her prowess in the Jumpers, riding Itchy Garrett to multiple ribbons in a variety of classes, including the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumpers.

During Loudoun, Michele and Itchy earned the reserve championship in the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumpers and also placed second in the Take2 Thoroughbred Jumper Classic to round out a wonderful show.

Danielle DeRisio and Cirena jumped to ribbons in the Low Adult Amateurs and Schooling Jumpers, including many clear rounds during both weeks.


Emma Pell, Judith Hahn and Twizzler

It was a clean sweep in the performance classes for Judith Hahn’s Twizzler in the Green Pony Hunter section during Loudoun. Under Emma’s expert guidance, Twizzler won every class and earned the Grand Pony Championship as well as the section championship. Emma also piloted Thora Pollak’s lovely Rebel Yell to wins in the Medium Pony Hunter section, with victories in the model as well as over fences and in the Pony Hunter Classic.

Emma also made her presence known in the big equitation classes. She guided F15 to ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay, WIHS, Platinum Performance Talent Search and the VHSA Medal, to name a few.

Mosie Pennington and her ponies Yours Truly and Dreamscape picked up ribbons both weeks, with Mosie making her regular pony debut in the Smalls with Dreamscape during Loudoun and winning a ribbon in every class.


Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

“We had a great two weeks of showing,” said trainer Denice Perry. “We had a wonderful group of riders and horses, and everyone enjoyed spending time together and cheering each other on. They do a fantastic job with these two horse shows, and we’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend this time in our own backyard enjoying Virginia’s amazing hunt country and showing here.”



Skyland Claims Top Ribbons During Upperville and Loudoun Benefit


Emma Pell and Amelie

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed two great weeks showing in their backyard, with the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and Loudoun Benefit Horse Show taking place just down the road in Upperville, Virginia, from June 5-18 and the Grafton and Salem Farm Showgrounds.

From the Short Stirrup to the the Amateur-Owner Hunters to the Junior Jumpers, Skyland Farm riders took home championships and top ribbons to their home base in Middleburg.


Virginia and Shelby Bonnie with Captiva

Highlights during Upperville included a variety of blue-ribbon results, including trainer Denice Perry’s 5-year-old homebred C’Ironman (Copperman–Cirena) who jumped clear in the NAYJDP Intro To Show Jumping and 1.0m Schooling Jumper classes.

Emma Pell also guided her jumpers to top ribbons, riding Amelie to victory in a Low Children’s Jumper class and Ari 55 to second place in a High Children’s Jumper class. She also earned ribbons on both in their respective NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics.

In the hunters, Leslie Kopp earned top ribbons aboard Gone Country in the competitive 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section, and Virginia Bonnie rode Jelti JS to excellent placings in the Large Junior, 15 and under, section and also won the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal class.

During the Loudoun Benefit, once again Skyland riders garnered top ribbons in the hunters, jumpers and equitation.


Mosie Pennington with her parents, Laura and Ed

Highlights included tricolors for Mosie Pennington and Oh Good Night in the Short/Long Stirrup and Emma Pell and Cedilo in the 2’3″ USHJA Hunter section. Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie earned the reserve championship in the hotly contested Thoroughbred section with Chiara Carney in the irons.

Emma also guided Ari 55 to an impressive second place in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic, along with top ribbons in the High Children’s Jumper section. Leslie Kopp  earned excellent placings aboard Dolce Vita in the Adult Amateur Jumpers, including fifth in the Adult Jumper Classic.

After taking ribbons in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section at Upperville with Prime Time, Michele Trufant guided her young Thoroughbred jumper Itchy Garrett to impressive clear rounds in the .80 and .90m jumpers at Loudoun.




Top Performances at Upperville



Alex Tippett and Amelie

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed one of the best Upperville Colt & Horse Shows in recent memory, with nearly perfect weather that rivaled any the show has experienced in its 163-year history. Highlights were many, on the Hunter and Jumper sides of Route 50, from June 6-12 in Upperville, Virginia.

On the Hunter side, Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss earned the Large Pony Hunter championship with beautiful performances over fences and under saddle, including an impressive win in the handy class.


Virginia Bonnie and Blue A Kiss

Alex Tippett and Bertram Firestone’s Amelie earned the Low Adult Amateur Jumper championship with a first and third in the section as well a third in the hotly contested Low Adult Amateur Jumper Classic.

Virginia Fout, a Skyland visitor and friend from California, earned the Amateur-Owner, 36 and Over, championship, the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship and was named the Best
Amateur Rider. Nick Haness trained Virginia and her horse Cristiano, but Skyland expert staff did a perfect job with his preparation and presentation. Kudos to the entire team!

Other highlights included super ribbons for Emma Pell and her ponies Checkmate and Forget Me Not in the Medium and Small section classes as well as the Pony Classics.

Leslie Kopp’s Fenwick earned excellent ribbons in the 3’3″ Performance Hunter division under the guidance of professional Chiara Carney as well as ribbons in the competitive older Amateur-Owner, 3’3″
Hunter section with Leslie aboard. Leslie also earned ribbons in the High Adult Amateur Jumpers with El Cano.

Michele Trufant and Prime Time as well as Danielle DeRisio on Skyland Farm’s veteran Placido both had excellent placings in their respective divisions.

On the jumper side, Virginia Bonnie and her two relatively new jumpers Wishful Thinking and Captiva had good ribbons in the Low and High Children’s jumper divisions, respectively, and Kaylin Dines and her High Adult Jumper earned ribbons as well. Colleen Hahn and HJ Vasco made a super appearance in the Low Adult Jumpers after a year-long hiatus, and they were great considering such a long break!

“All in all, the Skyland group had a super show,” said trainer Denice Perry. “The horses jumped beautifully, and the riders were great. I’d like to thank the entire Skyland team for making this show so successful for everyone. We have one more big week to go, and best of luck to our team competing at this week’s Loudoun Benefit Horse Show!”

Upperville Fun


When the Upperville Colt & Horse Show concluded on June 7 in Upperville, Virginia, the Skyland Farm banner was filled with ribbons, including seven blues and four tricolors.

Highlights included championship honors for Prime Time and Michele Trufant and Checkmate and Emma Pell. Both pairs earned Local championships, with Michele in the Owner/Rider Hunter section and Emma in the Medium Pony section.

Wink And Smile and Virginia Bonnie captured the reserve championship in the competitive Small Pony Hunter section, and Denice Perry and Coffee Boy took the reserve in the 3- and 4-Year-Old Hunters.

“Everybody rode great, and all the horses were super!” said Denice. “It was a great horse show and TEAM that made it all happen. Skyland would like to thank Orlando, Samuel, Rubin, Jamie, and our dear friend and college student Alex Tippett who came in to help. We couldn’t do this without everyone who is part of the Skyland team.”

Skyland Farm photographers were out in full force as well capturing those special memories, and special thanks to all who contributed to the photo gallery below!





Cirena Soars To Victories

Cirena and Denice Perry at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show

Cirena and Denice Perry at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show.

What a difference a year makes! In May of 2012, Cirena was standing in a field with her newborn foal, Ironman. Now, Denice Perry’s Holsteiner mare is back to blue-ribbon performances in the jumper ring.

This summer, Cirena and Denice have been a force in 1.20m classes, winning in the rain at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Virginia.

They then traveled to Swan Lake in Littlestown, Pennsylvania where Cirena won another 1.20m class at the Summer Kick-Off Classic, this time on a sunny, summer day.

Cirena and Denice in action.

Cirena and Denice on the way to a victory.

Super Start to Summer

Skyland Farm riders and horses started the summer show season with fantastic results at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the Loudoun Benefit, both held at the Upperville, Virginia show grounds, and the Swan Lake Summer Kick-Off Classic in Pennsylvania.

Abbie Taylor and Linda Taylor’s Here ‘Tiz topped the competitive NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic at Loudoun after claiming the Adult Amateur, 18-35, Reserve Championship. They also jumped to eighth place in the rain during the NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic at Upperville.

Ainsley Treptow’s The Impressionist returned to the show ring after winning last September’s $250,000 HITS Hunter Classic in New York and placed third in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at Loudoun with Chiara Parlagreco in the irons. The pair earned a first-round score of 91 on their way to a notable performance for their first time out in nine months.

Elizabeth Wiley and her flashy chestnut Marvalust continued their top performances in the Adult Amateur and Thoroughbred classes, taking excellent ribbons in both sections during Upperville and Loudoun. Paula Nevins’ Quinn jumped to a seventh-placed ribbon in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake at Swan Lake with a super performance under Denice Perry.

In the jumper ring, Denice Perry and Cirena took blue ribbons at Upperville and at the Swan Lake Summer Kick-Off Classic in the 1.20m section, while Alex Tippett guided El Cano to two red ribbons at Swan Lake in the 1.0m jumpers.

A special thank-you to Teresa Ramsay for the beautiful photographs.

Betty Is Best!

Betty Oare

Betty Oare at Upperville

Skyland Farm offers a very special congratulations to Betty Oare for her Grand Championship honors today in the Adult Amateur Hunter Section at the 2013 Upperville Colt & Horse Show!

Betty and Capone earned the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, Championship with two firsts and a second on their way to top honors over more than 100 horses and riders in the Adult Amateur sections.

A second shout-out to Denice Perry, who guided Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare’s Capone to the championship on Monday in the Local Hunter, Other Than Owner Rider section. What a fantastic accomplishment for a wonderful horse and his team of riders and trainers.

More updates from Upperville yet to come!


Placido Stars At Upperville

Placido and Samantha Schaefer

A similar article is scheduled to appear in the June 13 edition of the Fauquier Times-Democrat.

To see Placido and Sam in action, click on this link.

“The Best Horse Ever” Wins at Upperville

When Denice Perry, of The Plains, Virginia, was searching for a new horse to join her stable, she saw an advertisement that included a phrase that caught her eye: “The Best Horse Ever.”

So, after trying the horse from Oregon named Placido, Denice brought him back to Virginia where he became an equitation mount and junior hunter for student Victoria Smith of Middleburg. Then, when Smith decided to focus solely on the jumpers, Perry knew that she’d found the perfect match for her husband, Roy, and Placido joined their family.

Three years later, Placido has proven over and over that the description on his sale ad was absolutely true, and during the 159th Upperville Colt & Horse Show, June 4-10, he added yet another title to his impressive record by winning the $10,000 Paul & Eve Fout Go As You Please Handy Hunter class with rider Samantha Schaefer.

In addition, Placido picked up third place in the inaugural $20,000 Upperville Hunter Derby, held Saturday night in the beautiful new all-weather ring on the jumper side of the show grounds, proving his mettle on both sides of Route 50.

“I’m so fortunate to have found this horse, and then to have Victoria and her father Mike Smith offer to sell him to me was such a blessing,” said Perry. “He is the best horse for everyone who rides him.”

Indeed, Schaefer, 19, felt the same way after their lucrative weekend full of ribbons and accolades. “He was so much fun,” she said with a smile. “I had a blast riding him.”

After Perry’s student Chiara Parlagreco, of Warrenton, Virginia, guided Placido to ribbons in the 3’3” Performance Hunters on Monday, Perry woke up in the middle of the night with an idea. “I thought, ‘What if Sam could ride him in the big classes?’ She was stabled down the aisle from me and is such a great rider. Chiara had several other hunters to show later in the week in the adult division, so she wasn’t able to ride him in the 3’6” classes.”

Schaefer, of Westminster, Maryland, is a rising sophomore at Baylor University (Texas) and is one of the country’s top collegiate riders. She earned MVP honors and led her team to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship in April after finishing her successful junior career last year.

Schaefer gratefully accepted the ride, and guided the 16-year-old warmblood gelding to victory in the featured Go As You Please Handy Hunter Class presented by the Fout family. Each rider designed a course that showed off their unique talents, and Schaefer chose many tight rollbacks and bending lines. The class is a show favorite and harkens back to the old days when handiness was a treasured trait in a show hunter.

“It was phenomenal to watch them perform in the main ring, and Sam rode him beautifully,” said Perry. “It was so nice to see Placido perform at his true capabilities. We haven’t used him at this level for a couple of years, and to see them in the Hunter Derby, where she chose the four-foot options, was great. He can go in the 2’6” hunters and the four-foot and is equally as good. He’s just an amazing horse.”