Wayne, IL– Sept. 23, 2016 – The youngest members of the Messenger Hill Farm team benefited from a great experience at Showplace Productions Fall Championships held at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne. Manager Pat Boyle created a format tailored to pony and junior riders with the emphasis on learning and preparation. The event was the culmination of a great competition year and created memories and lessons to last a lifetime.
Sisters Chloe and Elodie Watrous and their ponies were in top form throughout the competition. Chloe Watrous and Beaverwood’s Foxberry were champions of the Medium Pony Hunters and swept the Small Pony Hunters division as champion with Page 6 and reserve champion with Just Darlun. Chloe and Just Darlun earned the blue ribbon in the $1,000 Small Pony Hunter Classic and were fourth in the WIHS Pony Medal.
But the highlight foe Chloe was her victory gallop around the Lamplight Equestrian Center grand prix arena for her reserve championship of the coveted two-phase event, the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association (IHJA) Pony Medal Finals, with Crystal Acres Chocolatier, owned by Sweet Oak Farm.
"I'm most proud of getting reserve champion in the Pony Medal on Hershey, especially after only riding him a few times," Chloe said. "The victory gallop was really fun. I was so surprised when we jumped at the end of it!"
“Pat (Boyle) produces his shows with the development of the rider in mind,” said Jodi Vazquez who, with her husband Freddie Vazquez, lead the Messenger Hill Farm team. “The format of the pony medal was a great experience for those kids. To take that victory gallop means so much to Chloe. She’s earned it with her hard work and dedication.
Chloe’s sister Elodie Watrous earned a reserve championship with Beaverwood’s Foxberry in the Small/Medium Children’s Hunter Pony division and was in the top five out of a large field in the Children’s Pony Hunter Classic. She earned top prizes with Crystal Acres Chocolatier in the division and were second in the Children’s Pony Hunter Classic.
"What I love most about Foxy is that she is amazing at the flat, she's very kind, and she'll eat any treat I give her,” said Elodie said. "What I love most about Hershey is he's very playful, great at jumping, and he's such a teddy bear."
The sisters agree about training with Messenger Hill Farm. "What is most fun about training with Jodi and Freddie is… EVERYTHING!" Chloe said. "I love training with Freddie and Jodi because when they want me to do something, they push me,” Elodie added. “It's because they know I can do it."
Jodi Vazquez showed three hunters in the Low Working Hunter division and out of nearly 30 entries earned a second place with Cynthia Baffa’s Marneux, fourth with Kira Telford’s Calistoga Gold and another fourth place prize with Modigliani, owned by Jamie Stryker.
Chloe Jhin returned to the ring after a family vacation in good form. With her own Liberty she won a Puddle Jumper class and were fourth in the $1,500 Puddle Jumper Classic.
Cynthia Baffa and Marneux earned the championship of the Modified Adult Hunters. The pair had a first place prize, two seconds and a fifth over fences and were third under saddle to clinch the division. They also had a top five placing in the Modified Adult Hunter Classic.
Dana Senn and Calistoga Gold were ribbon winners in the Adult Amateur Hunters 18-49 nabbing a second place prize over fences and more.
“Freddie and I are so pleased with the progress of the kids on our team,” said Jodi Vazquez. “Everyone reaps the benefits of Pat’s unique show. It is so satisfying and we are so proud of all our clients.”
Next on the competition schedule for the Messenger Hill Farm team is Kentucky for the Split Rock Jumper Tour then the Fall series at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.
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.