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Emma Pell’s Memorable Year


Skyland Farm congratulates Emma Pell for a most amazing 2016 show season aboard her ponies and horses!

2016 Year-End Awards Included:

–WCHR Mid Atlantic Region Champion – Pony

— Virginia Horse Shows Association —

  • VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Champion
  • Small Pony Hunter Champion – Forget Me Not
  • Medium Pony Hunter Champion – Checkmate

— Maryland Horse Show Association —

  • Pony Medal Champion
  • Small Pony Hunter Champion and Grand Pony Hunter Champion – Forget Me Not
  • Medium Pony Hunter Champion – Checkmate

We congratulate you and wish you the best of luck in 2017!

A Grand Time at Warrenton Pony Show


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.”

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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.

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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!

Year-End Champions

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!

VHSA/EMO Medal Finals Festival

Skyland Farm riders and horses enjoyed a spectacular competition at the Lexington National Horse Show in Virginia this past weekend. The show featured the Virginia Horse Show Association/EMO Medal Finals Festival, a showcase of equitation competitions and finals.

Skyland Farm riders took the top two spots in the field of 17 riders contesting the VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Final. Adam Edgar, who trains with Carol Eichner, joined the Skyland Farm team for the show as Carol was unable to be there. “He rode beautifully,” said Denice Perry, who coached Adam throughout the show. “He deserved to win. The test included a halt and two simple changes of lead down the long side of the arena. He did it perfectly.”

Adam, age 12, also earned blue ribbons aboard Carol’s pony Damingo in the Children’s Small/Medium Pony section and was second in the VHC Pony Equitation Derby to round out his successful weekend. “Most of the time Adam rides with Carol, and he comes to me for occasional lessons,” said Denice. “And I was fortunate enough to help him this weekend.  It was so much fun.”

Virginia Bonnie, age 9, earned the red ribbon in the VHSA/EMO Pony Medal Final and took the Medium Pony Hunter Reserve Championship aboard Prom Queen. “Virginia did a wonderful job this weekend,” said Denice. “She just started riding in the Medium Pony Hunter section this summer, and now she’s qualified for U.S. Pony Finals – West Coast. After a summer spent in Virginia, she’ll be returning home to San Francisco in September.”

Kathryn Harrell also enjoyed great success at the Lexington National. Aboard McQue, Kathryn earned top ribbons in the Pre-Adult Hunter section. “Kathryn had to take some time off, and it’s her goal now to get back to the three-foot adult amateurs,” said Denice. “She’s taking it step-by-step to achieve that goal. McQue is a great horse for her. He’s super brave and gives her a lot of confidence. During the show one of their divisions was switched to a different arena, and he walked right in and clocked around. He was as brave as Dick Tracy!”