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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!

A Grand Time at Warrenton



Elizabeth Wiley celebrates her Grand Championship honors with Kenny Wheeler and her mother, Helen Wiley.

Elizabeth Wiley couldn’t have picked a better place than the Warrenton Horse Show to earn Grand Championship honors. With a lifelong family history at the 108-year-old competition in Warrenton, Virginia, and her mother, Helen Wiley, as the current president,  a better script couldn’t have been written.

Elizabeth and her mounts Say Again and Crescendo dominated the Adult Amateur and Local Hunter Owner/Rider sections, with Elizabeth and Say Again claiming championship honors in the Adult Amateur, 36 and over, section and in the Local Hunter Owner/Rider sections. They earned enough points in each respective section for two Grand Championships as well. In addition, Elizabeth also won the Style Award, presented by Bill Rube and The Clothes Horse, for the turn-out and presentation of her horses.

“Elizabeth had a fantastic show, and I’m so proud of her as a horseman,” said trainer Denice Perry. “I’m so happy she was recognized for her riding skills as well as the care of her horses. She keeps her horses at home and does the work herself, which is not as common as it used to be. But by knowing her horses well in the ring and on the ground, she’s created a special connection with them that shows up in competition. I’m also thrilled that she received these grand championships at Warrenton, which is a fitting tribute to a family that’s been committed to this show for decades.”

At the end of the show, which concluded on August 31, Elizabeth received the Warrenton Horse Show’s overall Grand Championship for her many blue ribbons aboard Say Again, and the Reserve Grand Championship with Crescendo.

Skyland Farm rider Colleen Hahn also enjoyed a great weekend, as she placed second aboard her HJ Vasco in the Children’s/Adult Jumper event at Twilight Jumpers in The Plains, Virginia on Friday night. Congratulations to everyone for a banner Labor Day Weekend in the show ring!


Colleen Hahn and HJ Vasco




Warrenton Pony Show

The Warrenton Pony Show is a Virginia summer tradition, and Skyland Farm rarely misses the opportunity to spend a week enjoying the hospitality of a show organized by a dedicated group of junior committee members.

This year, student Virginia Bonnie collected a nice set of ribbons in the Medium Pony Hunter and Schooling Pony Hunter sections aboard Prom Queen.

In addition, Elizabeth Wiley guided her Thoroughbred gelding Marvalust to top placings in the Adult Amateur, 36 and Over, Local Junior/Amateur and Schooling Hunter sections.

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Ainsley Treptow and Brighton at the Warrenton Horse Show.

Skyland Farm riders spent a portion of their Labor Day weekend attending the annual Warrenton Horse Show in Warrenton, Virginia. This show, established in 1899, is one of the country’s oldest competitions, and its one-ring format is now a unique trait that creates an old-world feel as spectators sit in the covered grandstand or under the shade trees planted on the berm.

Elizabeth Wiley congratulates Marvalust for her stellar performance at Warrenton.
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Elizabeth Wiley and her Thoroughbred gelding Marvalust began the Skyland Farm ribbon collection with their second-placed finish in the Back From The Track Hack as well as top ribbons in the Modified Children’s Adult Hunter division.

Ainsley Treptow and The Impressionist captured third place in the $5,000 Miller Toyota Warrenton Hunter Classic Saturday night.

In the Adult Amateur Hunters on Friday, Ainsley Treptow made her final appearance in the show ring before she relocates to London, England, for the next year. Her top performances included third-placed ribbons with Brighton and The Impressionist in the younger section, and she topped off her weekend with beautiful rounds aboard The Impressionist in the $5,000 Miller Toyota Hunter Classic where she picked up third place again and was the Best Amateur Rider.

Denice Perry and Mary Lea Treptow at Warrenton.