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WEF 4 is Fantastic for Skyland Farm

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Leslie Kopp with El Cano and Dolce Vita

Skyland Farm made great memories and collected many impressive ribbons during the fourth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, held January 31-February 4 in Wellington Florida.

Leslie Kopp and her jumpers starred in the Low Adult Amateur, 36 and Over, Jumpers this week, earning great ribbons. Most impressively, Leslie took the top two spots out of 26 competitors in Friday’s class, earning the win aboard El Cano and second place on Dolce Vita, respectively.

Leslie returned on Sunday, and both of her mounts placed in the $1,500 Low Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, placing sixth and seventh in a competitive class to culminate a wonderful week.

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Emma Pell with Cedilo

Emma Pell continued her excellent performances in the pony ring aboard a string of sale ponies she’s showing this winter. Emma guided her own Cedilo to the Medium Green Pony Hunter championship, and the fancy chestnut is now qualified for this summer’s US Pony Finals.

Emma and Thora Pollak’s Rebel Yell earned excellent ribbons in every Medium Pony Hunter over fences class (with the reserve under saddle).

“He went beautifully, and they were also also fifth in the Classic,” said Denice. “Rebel Yell is a wonderful pony and also available for sale/lease.”

Judy Hahn’s Twizzler had a good showing in the Small Green Pony Hunter section and won her last jumping class on Sunday with a lovely performance.

“We had so many highlights this week, and it wasn’t just about the ribbons,” said Denice. “Leslie’s hunters also went very well, with some nice scores, while Emma is learning the ropes in the “Big Equitation’ with her new horse F 15. She’s really enjoying him. And we’re all enjoying the winter in Florida!”


WEF 1 Was Wonderful


Emma Pell and Amelie with trainers Denice Perry and Chiara Carney after winning the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic

Skyland Farm riders and horses enjoyed a great start during Week 1 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, held January 11-15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Emma Pell and Amelie earned the Low Children’s Jumper championship and won the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic. Most impressively, Emma’s victories came with 65 entries in the jumper section and 60 in the Classic. She also placed fourth in the Classic aboard Ari 55 for two impressive ribbons.


Emma Pell and Amelie

“Emma rode beautifully,” said trainer Denice Perry. “I think she’s found her calling in the jumper ring. After such a fantastic start, I think Emma may move up to the Children’s Jumpers in few classes next week. It was a tremendous way to start the circuit.”


Emma Pell and Amelie earned the Low Children’s Jumper Championship


Top Honors and New Partnerships at WEF 10


Elizabeth Wiley and Crescendo

Skyland Farm horses and riders enjoyed a great week during WEF 10, March 16-20 in Wellington, Florida, as the 12-week winter circuit draws to a closer to its conclusion. “All of the horses went beautifully, and everyone rode quite well,” said trainer Denice Perry.

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Emma Pell and Ari 55

A highlight of the week included Elizabeth Wiley’s rides aboard Crescendo in the Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, section, where the pair earned two blue ribbons on the way to the reserve championship in section A. Fellow amateur rider Leslie Kopp also had impressive performances, taking ribbons in the Adult Jumpers aboard El Cano and Training Jumper clear-round blue ribbons aboard Carduzo.

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Leslie Kopp riding El Cano

“Additionally, it was very exciting to have Emma Pell show her new jumper Ari 55 for the first time,” said Denice. “She went in the Training Jumper and Training Children’s/Adult Jumpers and received a blue ribbon also. Everyone had a positive show week, and we were thrilled.”

Emma also earned ribbons on her Forget Me Not in the Small Pony Hunters and received a ribbon in the highly contested Pony Hunter Classic.



Leslie Kopp and Carduzo

Wink And Smile Wonderful at WEF 3


What a week for Skyland Farm during Week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida!

The highlight was Emma Pell riding Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to the Small Pony Hunter championship. The pair was featured in the WEF Press Release, published Sunday January 31 by Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.:

Emma Pell and Wink And Smile Victorious in the VisseWedell Small Pony Hunters

It was tough competition at “Pony Island” on Sunday morning as some of WEF’s youngest riders duked it out for the Small Pony Hunter championship presented by Visse Wedell. Emma Pell, who rides at Skyland Farm in Virginia, guided Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to the top of the class. The pair earned two blue ribbons over fences on Saturday and placed third and eighth over jumps on Sunday. Reilly Gogul piloted Sweet Oak Farm’s Mr. Magoo to the reserve honors, winning the handy round as well as second and sixth over fences and sixth in the under saddle.


Emma Pell and Wink And Smile

Pell has only been riding the 14-year-old Welsh Pony gelding for three weeks, but it has proven to be a successful match. During WEF 2 the pair earned two second-placed ribbons over fences in the Small Pony Hunter division.

“He’s really fun,” Pell remarked about her mount. “He’s a really good pony.”

“He is really easy, and he helps me a lot,” Pell commented about her catch ride on Wink And Smile, who she will continue showing until he is sold. Pell also competed in the division with her own mare Forget Me Not, who she earned consistent ribbons with throughout the weekend, including a fourth place finish over fences on Sunday.

“It was really good competition,” Pell commented about the field of 18 she competed against. “I’m glad I was champion because I think he deserved it.”

Trainer Denice Perry was thrilled with her student’s success and the media attention she received for a job well done.

“I’m so happy for Emma and Wink,” she said. “Emma is riding beautifully, and Wink has not put a foot wrong. He loves Emma, and she fits him perfectly. Sadly, Virginia Bonnie, his owner, has just gotten too tall so he’s looking for a new home. The girls are friends, so it’s nice that Emma could take over the reins while we are in search of a new home for him. He’s a great pony!”

Emma also had a super weekend on her own Forget Me Not. She was reserve champion owner/rider in the Small Pony Hunter section, and she won the WIHS Pony Equitation class and placed second in the USEF Pony Medal.

Virginia, who is showing on the HITS Desert circuit in Thermal, California, this winter, also had a banner weekend. She was reserve champion in the Large Pony Hunter section on her Blue A Kiss and received excellent ribbons in the Children’s Jumpers on her new horse, Blink. Congratulations to all!

The Skyland Farm team


Congratulations to Emma Pell for the purchase of Santos! Best of luck in 2019 with your new partner in the Jumpers!

Blue At WEF 2


Emma Pell and Checkmate

Skyland Farm horses and riders continued their excellent performances during Week 2 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, January 20-24.

Emma Pell and Checkmate starred in the highly competitive Medium Pony Hunter section, winning the Handy round in a field of 33 entries. Emma also guided Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to two second-placed ribbons over fences in the Small Pony Hunters and her own Forget Me Not to excellent ribbons in the same section for a banner weekend all around.


Emma Pell with Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile

Special congratulations to Virginia and Blue A Kiss for their Reserve Championship in the Large Pony Hunter section on the HITS Desert circuit in Thermal, California over the weekend. Virginia also earned ribbons in the Children’s Jumpers aboard her new horse, Blink. Great job!

Leslie Kopp and Fenwick added to their ribbon collection with impressive placings in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section.


Leslie Kopp with Fenwick

The young Coffee Boy impressed the judges in Florida, with ribbons in every class of the Pre-Green 3- and 4-Year-Olds with trainer Denice Perry riding. His prizes included two second-placed ribbons over fences in good company.

Skyland Farm sends best wishes to our friends and neighbors in Virginia, where some areas around Skyland’s Middleburg home base received between 2 and 3 feet of snow during the blizzard.

WEF 2016 Debut

The 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, got underway at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on January 13-17, and the Skyland Farm team started out strongly with ribbons from the ponies to the hunters and equitation.


Emma Pell with Forget Me Not and Wink And Smile

Emma Pell and Forget Me Not continued their winning ways from 2015 with the Small Pony Hunter Owner/Rider Reserve Championship in a competitive field of 23 top ponies. Emma also guided Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to excellent ribbons, including a sixth in the Small Pony Hunter Classic.

“Both ponies went really well all weekend with many ribbons despite the weather on Sunday,” said trainer Denice Perry of the tornado warnings that postponed the start of the show that day.


Emma Pell with Forget Me Not

Leslie Kopp’s Fenwick made his presence known during WEF 1, winning ribbons and receiving jogs in nearly all of his classes with his owner and professional rider Chiara Carney. Highlights were his two second-placed ribbons in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters out of 31 entries. “He was super,” said Denice. “He was really consistent over the week, in the Performance Hunters with Chiara and in the highly competitive 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter section with Leslie. We are really excited about this wonderful horse.”

Leslie and Chiara also shared the ride aboard Gold Coast, with ribbons in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters as well as the Adult Equitation, respectively.

“It was a great start to the show circuit,” said Denice. “I’m looking forward to a fantastic winter season with many more fun and rewarding weeks ahead of us.”

Grand WEF Finale

The Skyland Farm horses and riders concluded the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, on March 29 with a variety of accolades and great show ring mileage.

Emma Pell and Glynmagic Cover Girl had a strong finish during WEF Weeks 11 and 12, winning the reserve championship in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter section this week, which followed on the heels of their championship performance during WEF 11.

“The Small/Medium Children’s division is one of the most highly contested on Pony Island,’” said trainer Denice Perry. “There are always strong riders as well as good competition in that section.”

To top off the season, Emma also earned enough points and top ribbons to capture the WEF Circuit Reserve Championship in that section, a huge honor.

“Emma rode great throughout the winter, and she and the pony are a super match,” said Denice. “I wish them the best of luck this spring moving up to the Medium Pony Hunter division. I think they have a bright future.

“We are also excited to announce that Emma has a new small pony. She will be bringing Forget Me Not back to Virginia, and we look forward to a great show season with this wonderful pony,” Denice added.

Emma also placed second in the WIHS Pony Medal on Forget Me Not, a great ribbon in a competitive class during WEF 12.

Elizabeth Wiley also had a winning grand finale at WEF with both of her hunters. She and Crescendo placed first, second and fourth on final day in a section of the Adult Amateur, 36-49, Hunters, and she also guided Say Again to first- and second-placed ribbons during their section.

“Elizabeth really put it all together for her finale,” said Denice. “The horses went beautifully, and she gave them great rides. Kudos!”

Skyland Farm’s Coffee Boy also made his show ring debut at the end of the season, taking top ribbons home from the Pre-Green Hunter 3- & 4-Year-Old section during Week 12.

A special congratulations to Leslie Kopp for her purchase of El Cano and her continued lease of Ainsley Treptow’s The Impressionist.

Denice and Roy Perry and Skyland Farm congratulate the entire team on a great winter season in Florida, including Rubin Contreras, Emma Pell, Elizabeth Wiley, Samuel Aceves and Leslie Kopp.



WEF 8 Was Great

Skyland Farm riders and horses enjoyed a fantastic Week 8 during the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, February 25-March 1 in Wellington, Florida.

Danielle DeRisio collected the Low Children’s Hunter championship aboard Wyndmont’s Kinsale. The pair won three out of the five classes in the section, an impressive feat in a field of 45 entries. A special thanks to trainers Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farm for allowing Danielle to show Kinsale this week and to Chrissy Geer for her training expertise!

Elizabeth Wiley and her hunter Say Again and Crescendo made their presence known in the Adult Amateur Hunter, 36-49, section. Say Again placed first and second, while Crescendo also collected ribbons in three of the five classes.

Leslie Kopp piloted El Cano to second place in a Low Children’s/Adult Jumper class, an excellent performance in a tough class of 21 entries.

During Week 7, Leslie and The Impressionist and Emma Pell aboard Gynmagic Cover Girl scored ribbons in their respective sections as well, for a rewarding two weeks at WEF.


Images From WEF 6

The Skyland Farm team continues to enjoy showing on the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. With Week 7 a wrap, the riders have shared ample fun and great experiences while learning and improving their skills in the show ring.

Breakthrough moments have also come, some reflected in ribbons and others more subtle, from mastering a challenging lead change to learning a new mount’s favorite treat. Skyland Farm thanks the owners, riders, parents, grooms and other supporters who’ve made these first seven weeks so wonderful!