Tryon, NC– Oct. 27, 2016 – Tryon Fall V proved another fruitful week for the team from Messenger Hill Farm, the Chicago-area hunter/jumper operation led by Jodi and Freddie Vazquez. The judges awarded multiple championships and prizes to the group and confirmed the consistency and quality of their program.
Kira Telford traveled to North Carolina from Florida where she attends the University of Miami. Since the summer shows, Telford had only ridden a few times as a member of the University’s equestrian club but she had no problem pulling off great results.
“I only rode three times before the show,” Kira said. “So it’s really been like three months off.”
Telford and her three hunters produced impressive results earning the judges’ acknowledgement. She tied with two of her horses earning reserve championships of the Adult Amateur Hunters with CR Moet and Calistoga Gold. In the $500 NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Classic she was second with Calistoga Gold and fourth with CR Moet. Telford also had top prizes with Friday Night in the division.
Friday Night and CR Moet had some time off this summer and the Vazquezes and Telford agreed they would compete in the 3’ classes. “Lordan (Calistoga Gold) puts so much effort into everything,” Telford said. “He puts so much energy into every jump.”
Telford has a busy schedule as a biology and anthropology double-major with minors in photography and marine science. An avid diver and lover of deep sea life, she’s found a great program at the University of Miami. This semester Telford is proud to say she is doing very well in chemistry, not her typically her favorite subject.
“I’d really like to be a marine biologist,” she said. “I like sharks, they’ve always been one of my favorite animals. I also love deep sea ecology. One of the courses I’ll be taking we’ll go out every week and do field work.”
Telford has been out four times this semester with the campus diving club. With school just an hour and a half from the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), she can conveniently combine her studies, her passion for diving and the sea and riding and competing with the best.
“We will do pre circuit,” Telford said. “There’s a show in-between the weeks of finals and the first week of the semester. My main goal for WEF this year is just to be consistent, smooth and to compete in the International ring with any of them. I just love that ring. My mom is about as committed as I am to it. She comes down every weekend to watch me show.”
Telford is an excellent photographer and has chronicled the Messenger Hill Farm experience over the years. She is working on her minor in photography at the university and will soon have a website to showcase her work.
For the second consecutive week, Alexandra Maracic and Lucky Times performed at the top of their game. During Week IV the pair won the $10,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Challenge Cup. In Week V they were champions of the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” division and won the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. Maracic, from Syosset, New York, was a top equitation rider during her junior years and now competes in the hunters and the jumpers with Messenger Hill Farm.
In the Pre Children’s Hunters Modigliani, owned by Jamie Stryker and ridden by Chloe Watrous was named the reserve champion. The duo were also the victors of the Pre Children’s Hunter Classic.
Messenger Hill Farm team ponies owned and piloted by Elodie and Chloe Watrous continued their reign of championships. Elodie Watrous and Beaverwood’s Foxberry were reserve champions of the Children’s Hunter Pony division then nabbed the championship of the Child/Adult 2’ Hunters. With Crystal Acres Chocolatier she earned the reserve championship in the Child/Adult 2’ Hunters and earned two red ribbons in the Children’s Hunter Pony division.
Chloe Watrous distinguished herself in the equitation ranks when she and Just Darlun earned the winning round of the WIHS Pony Equitation class. The pair took home the tri-colors in the Small Pony Hunters and were reserve champions with Page 6. In the $500 Pony Hunter Classic Chloe and Page 6 were awarded first place honors and took the second spot with Crystal Acres Chocolatier.
Chloe Watrous, supported by her sister Elodie, reaped top prizes with Beaverwood’s Foxberry and Crystal Acres Chocolatier in the Medium Pony Hunters.
“We are so proud of the work everyone has put in,” Jodi Vazquez said. “It is so fulfilling to see our clients achieve their goals.”
“We really enjoy Tryon,” Freddie Vazquez added. “It is a world-class facility and it is a wonderful experience to show here.”
The Messenger Hill Farm team will take a well-deserved break from competition and make preparations for the upcoming preseason competition in Wellington, Florida.
About Messenger Hill Farm
Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper business owned and led by Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Located just north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois, Messenger Hill Farm offers training, lessons, competition and sales.
Freddie Vazquez represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He served as chef d’équipe of the Team Puerto Rico’s young, junior and child Nations Cup teams at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Jodi Vazquez is a top hunter competitor with countless AA championships to her credit. The Vazquezes teach the American style of riding as advocated by George Morris. They are known for their goal-driven approach and attention to detail.
Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels; including local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Kentucky Horse Shows, Lamplight Equestrian Center, Angelstone Tournaments and more. For those new to the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses.
Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call 847-573-1100.