Leslie Kopp and El Cano
Skyland Farm horses and riders enjoyed a successful and fun week at the Lexington Spring Encore Horse Show, held May 4-8 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.
A major highlight was when Leslie Kopp received the Adult Jumper Style Award following her sixth-placed performance aboard El Cano in the NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic. “I’m super happy for Leslie winning this prestigious award,” said trainer Denice Perry. “She has worked hard and rode El Cano beautifully. Her style is beautiful, and she rides him around looking like she’s competing in an equitation class. The award is well deserved.”
Emma Pell also continued her winning ways aboard her ponies Forget Me Not and Checkmate. She guided Forget Me Not to the Small Pony Hunter championship and earned the reserve tricolor in the Medium section with Checkmate.
Emma also topped the WIHS Pony Equitation Classic and earned ribbons on both ponies in the Pony Hunter Classic. In addition, Emma also earned the Dover Saddlery Best Child Rider on a Pony Award for the second consecutive week for a wonderful conclusion to the Lexington Spring show series.
Emma Pell and Forget Me Not
Emma Pell and Checkmate
Skyland Farm riders and horses enjoyed a successful fall indoor show season in October, with a variety of accolades brought home to Middleburg, Virginia.
Emma Pell and Damingo
During the Washington International Horse Show Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Finals, Skyland Farm earned three impressive tricolors in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Emma Pell and Damingo starred in the Pre-Children’s Hunter Pony section, winning the championship with blue ribbons in both over fences classes and second place in the under saddle.
Joann Dana and The Impressionist impressed over fences in the Low Children’s/Adult Hunter section, taking a blue and the reserve championship.
Trainer Denice Perry guided her own young mare Chaufante to the reserve championship in the Baby Green Hunter section, with a blue over fences and second under saddle.
Dancing Diva with Jessica and Cheryl Keeney at the Warrenton Horse Show
Skyland Farm riders and horses have had a busy few weeks showing in Virginia and New York with top ribbons from both venues.
Jessie Keeney rode her Dancing Diva to third place in the $5,000 Warrenton/Miller Toyota Hunter Classic, the featured hunter class of the Warrenton Horse Show. Jessie brought Diva out of retirement for Classic, and even while in-foal the veteran mare jumped to an impressive third place. Chiara Parlagreco and The Impressionist also competed in the Classic, placing fifth.
During the HITS-on-the-Hudson Million Dollar weekend in New York, Skyland Farm received a bounty of ribbons. The highlight was Skyland Farm’s Cirena, who won the Level 5 Speed Stake and was sixth in the Level 5 2b class.
Skyland Farm is preparing for the upcoming fall shows and indoor championships, with riders next competing at the Middleburg Classic, Capital Challenge and Zone 3 Finals. Best of luck to all of our riders!
Elizabeth Wiley and Marvalust
Ulises and Cirena
Elizabeth Wiley, Colleen Hahn and Alex Tippett
Skyland Farm riders and horses had a terrific two weeks at the Lexington Spring Horse Shows in Virginia, with an especially bountiful collection of ribbons during the Spring Encore, May 2-5.
Elizabeth Wiley and Marvalust claimed two Reserve Championship ribbons in the Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter Division and the Thoroughbred Hunter Division. The pair also made their début in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, Division, taking excellent ribbons in the three classes.
After having a foal last year, Cirena is back in action and hitting her stride again. She and trainer Denice Perry won a Modified Jumper 1.10m class and placed in the 1.20m and 1.25m classes as well.
Alex Tippett and El Cano jumped to top ribbons in the Children’s Jumpers, with an impressive second place in one of the 1.0m classes and a sixth-placed finish in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic.
Skyland Farm had a wonderful fall championship season, with victories and top placings at some of the country’s top horse shows. Congratulations to all of our clients and horses for a fabulous year together, and we look forward to doing it all again in 2013!
A special thanks to Shawn McMillen Photography for the wonderful images.
Alex Tippett and El Cano, United States Hunter Jumper Association Zone 3 Children’s Jumper Champions.
Skyland trainer Denice Perry and Michele Tippett share in the celebration as Alex Tippett and El Cano receive their awards for the USHJA Zone 3 Children’s Jumper Championship.
Chiara Parlagreco and Belle Grey Farm’s Chacca Blue in action at the Washington International Horse Show.
Chiara Parlagreco and Chacca Blue.
Chiara Parlagreco and Chacca Blue.
Chiara Parlagreco and Chacca Blue captured fourth place in the $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship.
Alex Tippett and El Cano in action at the Washington International Horse Show.
Alex Tippett and El Cano took eighth place in the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship.
Alex Tippett and El Cano.
Congratulations to Alex Tippett and El Cano! The pair captured the United States Hunter Jumper Association Zone 3 Championship in the Children’s Jumpers, October 19-21, at the WIHS Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone Finals, held in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. What a great way to finish your first year in the jumper division!