Wellington, FL – Jan. 11, 2017 – For Freddie and Jodi Vazquez, head trainers at Messenger Hill Farm, excellence in horsemanship is the basis of everything they do. It is exemplified in the spotlessness of their barn and their turnout in the show ring. In 2016, Freddie Vazquez and Esprit de Vie were named Equis Boutique’s “Best Presented” out of more than one hundred horses during two of the 12 weeks of the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The Vazquezes feel fortunate to be sponsored by and affiliated with some of the best brands in the equestrian industry to keep them performing and presenting themselves at the highest level. They take their sponsorship programs very seriously.
“We want to be associated with products that we believe in and that we use because they are the best for us and for our horses,” said Freddie Vazquez. "For instance, I love my Antares saddle. It is made of grippy buffalo leather and it keeps me perfectly balanced. My horses love it.”
The Vazquezes are also fans of Flex-On stirrups. They are ergonomically shaped and offer a unique shock absorbing feature.
Not only do Freddie and Jodi Vazquez believe in their sponsors’ products but their clients also embrace their trainers’ preferences. The consistency in their turnout means they are always correct and ready to compete.
“Freddie and Jodi do a wonderful job selecting the top products – what works well and looks great,” said Meg Gehron, a longtime client of Messenger Hill Farm.
The Vazquezes and their clients love their Parlanti boots for their comfort and signature streamlined profile and fit. Paired with perfectly-tailored Charles Ancona show coats trimmed in Messenger Hill Farm blue, the team always looks polished and ready to perform. Samshield helmets finish the look and protect Messenger Hill Farm riders.
“I really love the Charles Ancona jackets,” Gehron said. “They are always coming up with new ideas and they ask for the riders’ opinion. They innovate but keep the classic feel and wonderful fit. The options are all there for the hunters, equitation or the jumpers, if you want to add some flair. It is a big plus that you can put it in the washer and hang it to dry. The Parlanti boots are great because they break in easily, because you’re on the go and they need to work.”
"I needed a new pair of boots right before an important event.," Freddie Vazquez added. "My Parlanti boots were comfortable immediately. I rode ina grand prix that day."
Vazquez relies on Kentucky Horsewear show jumping boots to protect his jumpers Zippo Z, Bachelor 4, and his Pan Am Games mount Esprit de Vie. Kentucky Horsewear is relatively new to the scene. Established in 2011, they quickly became the favorite protective wear for world-class riders like Olivier Philapparts, Kevin Staut, Roger Yves-Bost, Harry Smolders and more.
While in Wellington, the Messenger Hill Farm team shops at Tack & Rider. The retailer has a lovely mobile boutique on the WEF show grounds offering attentive client care and excellent service.
In the Chicago Messenger Hill Farm purchases their John Deere equipment and service from Buck Brothers and chooses Footing First for their arenas.
“Footing First is simply the best footing material we’ve found,” Jodi Vazquez said. "We made a significant investment in top quality footing and it was worth it.”
Messenger Hill Farm offers customized individual feed programs for the equine athletes in their care. Their horses radiate with the bloom of good health they get from the wonderful line of Nutrena feeds.
Freddie Vazquez's FEI jumpers thrive onCavalorhigh-quality, non-GMO feed and the entire family of Cavalor, FEI-friendly supplements. Cavalor provides the ideal, consistent nutrition for international equine athletes to perform their best.
Platinum Performance is also included as a mainstay of the Messenger Hill Farm program. The horses rest and relax in stalls bedded with Guardian shavings. FarmVet is their preferred retailer for horse health care products.
Based both in the Chicago area and Wellington, Equine Services Ltd renowned veterinarians, Haynes Stevens, D.V.M and Brittany Williamson, D.V.M., provide high-quality and cutting-edge veterinary services for the Messenger Hill Farm horses.
Messenger Hill Farm thanks their farrier extraordinaire, Elva Jess, for his talent and keen eye and Aprile Transportation for moving their horses safely across the country.
“We whole-heartedly thank all our sponsors for producing such wonderful products and services to keep us at the top of our game,” Freddie Vazquez said.
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 and has set his sights on competing at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic 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 school horses.
Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call 847-573-1100.