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Bountiful Ribbons at Loudoun Benefit


After a super successful week during the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, Skyland Farm clients and horses continued their excellent performances during the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, held on the same show grounds in Upperville, Virginia, from June 15-19.

Championship ribbons began accumulating from the start of the week, with Leslie Kopp’s Fenwick earning the 3’3″ Performance Hunter Championship with Chiara Carney aboard. Leslie also earned excellent ribbons later in the week aboard Fenwick in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section.

Virginia Bonnie and Wishful Thinking

Virginia Bonnie and Wishful Thinking

Amelie and Alexandra Tippett jumped to the Low Adult Amateur Jumper Championship after top placings in the section as well as victory in the Classic. Similarly, Virginia Bonnie and her Wishful Thinking captured the Low Children’s Jumper Classic blue ribbon on their way to the section championship. Virginia continued her winning ways in the hunter ring as well, guiding Blue A Kiss to the Large Pony Hunter reserve championship in this hotly contested pony section. The pair also won the Pony Hunter Classic, topping a field of 19 entries.


Emma Pell added blue ribbons to her collection with wins with Checkmate in the Medium Pony Hunters and Ari 55 in the jumpers. Leslie Kopp also placed well in the Adult Jumpers with Carduzo and El Cano as did Kaylin Dines and Why Not, while Virginia Bonnie soared to top placings on Captiva, her newest mount. Michele Trufant guided her Prime Time and Dancing Ollie to excellent performances, with Dancing Ollie earning the reserve championship in the Open Hunters, and Danielle DeRisio rode Skyland Farm’s veteran Placido to ribbons in the Children’s Hunter, 15-17, section.

“Skyland horses and riders were awesome throughout the week,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Many new combinations made successful debuts, and we are all really excited about the summer. I’d like to thank all of the Skyland team for making the past two weeks quite memorable. The team of Orlando, Ruben, Samuel, Jamie, Manuel and Chiara deserve a huge thank you!”

We hope you enjoy this collection of fun photos from the week–so many great memories made!

Top Honors at Upperville

Grand Local Hunter Champions

Elizabeth Wiley and Say Again Grand Local Hunter Champions

Skyland Farm horses and riders enjoyed an amazing week during the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, held June 2-8 in Upperville, Virginia. From the ponies to the jumpers, Skyland Farm riders rode to top honors.

Elizabeth Wiley and her hunters Crescendo and Say Again got the ribbon collection off to a great start early in the week with blue-ribbon performances in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, section. And after the points were tallied, Elizabeth and Crescendo brought home the reserve championship honors. She returned to the ring again for the competitive and popular Local Hunter, Owner/Rider, section, where she and Say Again earned the section championship with two blue ribbons as well as the overall Grand Local Hunter Championship and Tippy Payne Trophy.

“Both her first trip in the Local Hunters with Say Again and her win on Crescendo in the Adults, in my opinion, could have won anywhere,” said trainer Denice Perry. “They were the two best trips I’ve ever seen her have on both horses. It was so nice that she rode so well and the horses performed so beautifully at her hometown show. Her proud mom, Helen Wiley, president of the Warrenton Horse. Show, was on hand to cheer her on.”

Michele Trufant and Prime Time earned their moment in the spotlight as well, taking the Adult Amateur Hunter, 50 and over, reserve championship. “Michele was super consistent and placed third in each of her classes,” said Perry. “Over fences, she had two beautiful rounds with her horse, a Thoroughbred she’s had forever. It was a very competitive division, and she had scores of 83 in both rounds.”


Virginia Bonnie and Wink And Smile

Virginia Bonnie and her ponies Wink And Smile and Prom Queen added two beautiful Upperville coolers to the tack room with their victories in the Robert Pillion Small and Medium Pony Hunter classics. In addition, Wink And Smile also earned the Small Pony Hunter reserve championship and Virginia topped the VHSA/EMO Pony Medal class.

The Bonnie family also gathered for the traditional Upperville Family Class, with the three generations present taking blue-ribbon honors: Shelby Bonnie and daughter Virginia; Robert Bonnie and wife Julie Gomena; and parents Nina and Ned Bonnie.

Elizabeth Wiley joined her cousin Peter Buchanan for the Family Class, where they received third place aboard their matching grays, Say Again and Wink And Smile.

Over on the jumper side of the show grounds, Alex Tippett, Colleen Hahn and Denice Perry tackled the beautiful courses set with the Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop. Colleen and HJ Vasco collected excellent ribbons in the Low Adult Amateurs, while Alex and El Cano did the same in the High Children’s Jumper section. Both riders also earned a paycheck in their respective classics to top off their week. Denice and Cirena jumped into contention in the 1.20m classes, with excellent results as well.


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.”