Tryon, NC – July 30, 2016 – The Messenger Hill Farm team, led by Jodi and Freddie Vazquez, continued their summer competition campaign with great results at Tryon International Equestrian Center’s summer series.
Freddie Vazquez and Messenger Hill Farm’s Bachelor 4 had a top five finish in the $35,000 1.45m Speed Stake during Tryon CSI4* Week III. The pair also finished just out of the money in the $35,000 1.50m Classic.
“My relationship with Bachelor is getting better and better,” Vazquez said. “He feels great and is performing well.”
Ellery Taylor and her own Carlos Santana were double clear and earned third place honors in the $3,000 Junior Jumper 1.20m Classic. Taylor plans to attend University of Colorado Boulder this fall.
Meg Gehron and Gastone, her bay Irish Warmblood gelding, are successfully competing in the 1,30m Amateur-Owner Jumpers and had good results in the division during their weeks at Tryon.
In the hunter rings during Tryon Summer Week III, Messenger Hill Farm produced multiple championships. After Freddie Vazquez earned a two thirds with Lucky Times in the 3’3’/3’6” Performance Hunters, Alexandra Maracic rode and showed her new horse for the first time. Maracic navigated him to two firsts, a fifth over fences and a fourth under saddle and earned the championship of the 3’3”/3’6” Amateur-Owner Hunter division. Lucky Times (Lucky Luke – Wedding Times), a gray Oldenburg gelding has been a successful junior hunter.
“I rode him for the first time when I showed him,” Maracic said. “He hasn’t done much in a while but he’s super simple to ride. The jumps really just come right up to you. He’s got a great show record and he boosts my confidence a lot. I feel very lucky to have him.”
Maracic admitted that as a junior, she never really showed in the hunters or the jumpers but concentrated on her equitation career. Now she looks forward to competing in the jumpers with Bente P and in the hunters with Lucky Times.
“The Washington classes with the hunter and the jumper phases helped to prepare me,” she said. “I have only done a few real hunter rounds. It’s new to me.”
In the same division, Kira Telford and her own Friday Night won the hack and were third, fourth and fifth over fences. Meg Gehron piloted her Talan and also earned ribbons and had solid performances in the division.
Chloe Watrous is taking time off to heal a minor injury but is expected to be back in the saddle soon. Brianna Folk picked up the reins on Watrous’ two ponies and delivered a championship with Just Darlin and reserve championship with Page 6 in the Small Pony Hunter division.
Jodi Vazquez’s birthday horse Quiloo has proven to be a consistent competitor in the show ring. The duo had top placings once again in the 3’3” Pre Green Hunters.
During Tryon Summer Week II Jodi Vazquez rode Elizabeth Corey’s Hula Hoop to the championship of the Conformation Hunters 3’6”/3’9”, winning the model, the handy and two additional over fences classes, with a second in the under saddle and another over fences.
“He was wonderful, and is always a pleasure to ride,” said Jodi Vazquez about Hula Hoop.
Dana Senn and Kira Telford’s Calistoga Gold won two of their trips and were third and fourth in the rest and were awarded the reserve championship of the Pre Adult Hunters. Earlier in the week Jodi Vazquez piloted him to two third place finishes out of a field of 26.
Also in the Pre Adults, Cynthia Baffa and her own Marneux won a class and had top placings in their other classes.
The Messenger Hill Farm team plan to return to competition a in the Chicago area and at Angelstone Horse Shows outside of Toronto.
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.