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A Grand Time at Warrenton Pony Show

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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!

Weathering Warrenton Pony Show

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The annual Warrenton Pony Show, the nation’s only recognized horse show run by a junior committee, is always a highlight for the Skyland Farm team, and this year was no exception. Despite some challenging weather over the weekend, the Skyland Farm riders and ponies collected a variety of championship honors and blue ribbons during the event, held June 24-28 in Warrenton, Virginia.

Emma Pell and Virginia Bonnie got off to a great start, with both girls taking multiple wins on the first day of competition. They finished one-two in the VHSA/EMO Pony Medal class, with Virginia taking the blue aboard Blue A Kiss and Emma the red ribbon riding Glynmagic Cover Girl. Virginia also earned top calls with Wink And Smile in the Small Pony Hunters as well with Blue A Kiss in the Large Ponies, and her Prom Queen earned excellent ribbons in the Medium section.

With torrential rains coming in on Saturday, the riders going early in the day had slightly better conditions. Emma took advantage of the timing and guided her ponies to championship honors. She collected the Small/Medium Green Pony championship with Checkmate, the Small Pony championship with Forget Me Not and the Medium Pony championship with Glynmagic Cover Girl. With two blues, two seconds and a fourth, Glynmagic Cover Girl also picked up the Grand Pony Hunter Championship.

“I’m glad Emma decided to stick it out. I was considering an ark at one point, but Emma wanted to finish,” said trainer Denice Perry laughing. “Glynmagic Cover Girl went really well in the rain, and I was happy that she was rewarded with the grand championship. Virginia and Emma both rode very well, especially the first day when it was a bit drier. Virginia chose not to show on Saturday, and I know we’re all looking forward to a break in the weather for Culpeper!”

On Friday night, Leslie Kopp made her Friday Night Jumper debut at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, and placed eighth in the Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic aboard El Cano. Great job!