A Birthday Horse for Messenger Hill Farm’s Jodi Vazquez

Lexington, KY – May 23, 2016 – In April Messenger Hill Farm’s Freddie Vazquez was horse shopping in Germany for a client. But he had another mission. With his wife Jodi Vazquez’s birthday looming on the horizon he had the idea. What is the best gift you can give a horse person? A horse, of course. Even for a busy equestrian professional, it’s like getting that pony you may or may not have gotten as a child. It is an unforgettable gift.
 
Vazquez wanted this perfect gift for his wife. The two work side-by-side as owners of Messenger Hill Farm, training, teaching and competing. Vazquez says she stands by him every step of the way. Last summer, she helped his dream of competing at the Pan Am Games become a reality.
 
"I could never have gone to the Games without my wife, Jodi," Vazquez said. She is an incredible person.”

Last summer he and his Zangersheide stallion Zippo Z had qualified for the Pan Am Games to represent Puerto Rico. A month before the event Zippo Z sustained a minor bone bruise (an injury from which he has recovered) and put him out of the mix for the Games. But when the Puerto Rico Equestrian Federation asked Vazquez to find another horse, Jodi Vazquez encouraged him to go for it.

To find a horse with such short notice, he turned to Desiree Johnson, the Vazquezes source for European horses.

“I left Jodi in Tryon to manage 26 horses, the clients and our whole operation and she sent me off across the world to follow my dream. This was a major life decision and she was behind me all the way.”

Vazquez says that Johnson understands their style and the kind of horses they like. She found Esprit De Vie, a Belgian Warmblood mare, that would be his match just weeks before he competed at the Pan Am Games.

But now, it was about Jodi. Vazquez wanted to give Jodi a hunter for her birthday.

Johnson had found Quiloo, a 7-year-old, bay Warmblood gelding she thought would be perfect for Jodi.

Jodi Vazquez and her birthday horse Quiloo

Jodi Vazquez and her birthday horse Quiloo

“Freddie gave him to me as a surprise,” Jodi Vazquez said.  “I know I work with horses every day - but this never gets old. It was so much fun and made for a really special birthday.”
 
Quiloo had just arrived from Europe and Jodi Vazquez wanted to see what he was all about. She showed him at Tryon Spring III and he won an Open Hunter class and a Pre Green Hunter class and ribboned in the rest of the Pre Green division. The following week at Kentucky Spring I they earned a top placing in very competitive company.

“My hope is that he’ll be a First Year horse next year,” she said”

In Kentucky the Vazquezes and their friends enjoyed a birthday dinner celebration. The next morning Jodi Vazquez gave her birthday gift, Quiloo a kiss on the nose.

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, Ledges 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.arm’s Freddie Vazquez was horse shopping in Germany for a client. But he had another mission. With his wife Jodi Vazquez’s birthday looming on the horizon he had the idea. What is the best gift you can give a horse person? A horse, of course. Even for a busy equestrian professional, it’s like getting that pony you may or may not have gotten as a child. It is an unforgettable gift.

Vazquez wanted this perfect gift for his wife. The two work side-by-side as owners of Messenger Hill Farm, training, teaching and competing. Vazquez says she stands by him every step of the way. Last summer, she helped his dream of competing at the Pan Am Games become a reality.

"I could never have gone to the Games without my wife, Jodi," Vazquez said. She is an incredible person.”
Last summer he and his Zangersheide stallion Zippo Z had qualified for the Pan Am Games to represent Puerto Rico. A month before the event Zippo Z sustained a minor bone bruise (an injury from which he has recovered) and put him out of the mix for the Games. But when the Puerto Rico Equestrian Federation asked Vazquez to find another horse, Jodi Vazquez encouraged him to go for it.
To find a horse with such short notice, he turned to Desiree Johnson, the Vazquezes source for European horses.

“I left Jodi in Tryon to manage 26 horses, the clients and our whole operation and she sent me off across the world to follow my dream. This was a major life decision and she was behind me all the way.”

Vazquez says that Johnson understands their style and the kind of horses they like. She found Esprit De Vie, a Belgian Warmblood mare, that would be his match just weeks before he competed at the Pan Am Games.

But now, it was about Jodi. Vazquez wanted to give Jodi a hunter for her birthday.

Johnson had found Quiloo, a 7-year-old, bay Warmblood gelding she thought would be perfect for Jodi.


“Freddie gave him to me as a surprise,” Jodi Vazquez said.  “I know I work with horses every day - but this never gets old. It was so much fun and made for a really special birthday.”
 
Quiloo had just arrived from Europe and Jodi Vazquez wanted to see what he was all about. She showed him at Tryon Spring III and he won an Open Hunter class and a Pre Green Hunter class and ribboned in the rest of the Pre Green division. The following week at Kentucky Spring I they earned a top placing in very competitive company.

“My hope is that he’ll be a First Year horse next year,” she said”

In Kentucky the Vazquezes and their friends enjoyed a birthday dinner celebration. The next morning Jodi Vazquez gave her birthday gift, Quiloo a kiss on the nose.

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, Ledges 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.