Mill Spring, N.C. – August 10, 2017 – The Messenger Hill Farm, led by the trainer/owner team of Freddie and Jodi Vazquez, earned multiple spots on the championship roster for three weeks of superb competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center during Tryon Summer V-VII. Some exciting new faces and fantastic horses joined Messenger Hill Farm to show in one of the Vazquezes favorite venues. With a capacity show and intense but fun competition, the team was in good form.
Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4 were fourth out of a huge field of 56 in the $6,000 1.40 Power and Speed Opener during Tryon Summer V. Bachelor 4 is jumping well and feeling good and has been a solid campaigner in the FEI classes. Freddie warmed up Chloe Jhin’s new mount, Elmo V.D. Bremdhoeve, owned by Maria Gabriela Brugal, in the 1.30m Open Jumpers and were double clear and ninth out of almost 60 entries. Bachelor 4 and “Elmo” are both by the famous stallion, Baloubet Du Rouet.
Freddie also had some fun showing Kira Telford’s new stallion, Cloud Gate, a bay Holsteiner (Clarimo x Lavaletto) bred by Desiree Johnson. Freddie says he has one of the loveliest canters he’s ever ridden. The judges agreed during Week VI when they awarded them with a second place under saddle in the 3’ Green Hunters. The pair were also second and third over fences and came back to earn the reserve championship Week VII, with another second under saddle and a blue and red ribbon over fences. Freddie rode Quintus Ruben, owned by North Run, to the reserve championship of the 2’9” USHJA Hunters.
“Cloud Gate is a really special young horse,” Freddie Vazquez said. “I’ve been working with his breeder for many years to source horses in Europe. She helped me find my Pan Am Games horse, Esprit De Vie. We are excited for Kira and look forward to guiding this relationship.”
Jodi Vazquez shined in the hunter ring during Tryon Summer V with a reserve championship in the 3’ 9” Green Hunters with Hula Hoop, owned by Elizabeth Corey. She earned top placings aboard Kira Telford’s CR Moet in the 2’9” USHJA Hunters and two red ribbons aboard Branson, owned by Leah Greenstein. With Modigliani, owned by Chloe Watrous, she had two fourths out of a division of nearly 20 horse and rider combinations. Messenger Hill Farm’s Quiloo, a birthday present from husband Freddie Vazquez just one year ago, also shined with top placings in a competitive field in the 3’3” Green Hunters. The pair were reserve champions of the division during Tryon Summer VI. Jodi piloted Casual, owned by Norgan Inc., to the championship of the Foothills Hunter 2’6” division and Branson, owned by Leah Greenstein to the championship of the Foothills Hunter 2’9” during Week VI.
“It is such a pleasure to show in Tryon,” Jodi Vazquez said. “Everything is so organized and the venue couldn’t be better. We love to bring our clients here to show. These three weeks were particularly successful, for Freddie and me and all our clients.”
The Vazquezes both rode Dana Senn’sBaricello to good prizes in excellent company in the large Foothills and USHJA 3’ Hunter divisions.
Jen Hauser, Messenger Hill Farm’s manager and assistant trainer also had success in the ring. With Cynthia Baffa’s Marneux the pair were reserve champions of the 3’ USHJA Hunters Week V and VI. In the jumper ring, she rode Meg Gehron’s Chelsie Zweite D to a second-place finish in the 1.10m Jumpers, sponsored by Equis Boutique. She also had a couple of third-place ribbons with Seriously, owned by Dana Waters, in the 2’6” Foothills Hunters.
New to Messenger Hill Farm, but not new to the ring, Leah Greenstein and Branson demonstrated their skills and rocked the Children’s Hunter division all three weeks. They won the hack, the championship and the NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter 15-17 Classic during Week V. Week VI the pair repeated their great rounds with two firsts, a second and a fourth over fences and another first under saddle and were eighth in the Classic. To top things off, they were champions for the third consecutive week earning two firsts and a second and more during Tryon Summer VII. Greenstein and Branson were awarded the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club’s Perpetual Trophy awarded to the Grand Children’s Hunter since 1957. With her jumper Lorenzo, Greenstein was first and eighth in the .90m Jumpers Week V and fifth in the High Children’s Jumpers Week VII.
Kira Telford, on break from her studies at the University of Miami, earned a second and seventh place in a very competitive Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 division with CR Moet during Tryon Summer V and earned a seventh and an eighth-place prize Week VI.
Dana Senn had great results with Baricello during Tryon Summer VI earning third fourth and fifth in the Adult Amateur Hunter division and an impressive third-place prize in the classic.
Cynthia Baffa and Marneux earned a second a third and a fifth in the 2’6” Pre-Adult Hunters Week VI, then were reserve champions in the 2’9” USHJA Hunters Week VII, with a second over fences and another second under saddle.
Elodie Watrous earned a ribbon in every class of the Children’s Hunter Pony division with her own Beaverwood’s Foxberry, including a first over fences and a second in the Children’s Hunter Pony Challenge during Week V. Week VI Elodie and “Foxy” took three fourth-place ribbons
Chandler Wilks catch-rode Watrous’ Page 6 Week VI, earning ribbons in the Small Pony Hunters and a second-place prize in the Classic.
During Week V, Chloe Watrous and her own Sunman won the flat phase and were second over fences in the Equitation 2’3” 11 and Under. With Quintus Ruben during Week VII, she was first in the flat phase and second over fences in the 11 and Under division and won the Tryon Children’s 2’6” Medal. She swept the Pre-Child Hunter 2’6” division Week VII, taking both champion and reserve tricolors with Casual and Modigliani, respectively.
Karyn Armstead and Cincinnati, owned by Showcase 81 LLC, were seventh and fourth in the Low Children’s Jumpers 1.0m Week V. Week VI they were double-clear and fourth in the Low Children’s Jumpers Classic.
Talented young rider, Chloe Jhin was reserve champion of the .90m Non-Pro Jumpers and champion of the CWD Low Children’s Jumpers 1.0m with her own Liberty, winning every class during Week V. Jhin and her new mount, “Elmo” won both of their classes and were champions of the CWD Low Children’s Jumpers 1.0m Week VI and were second in both the .90m Non-Pro Jumpers and Low Children’s Jumper Stake with Liberty.andtwo fifths for their efforts. With Who’s the Man, owned by Jai Smith-Rezac, they earned a blue ribbon under saddle in the 2’ Foothills Child Adult Amateur Hunter Week V. Elodie showed Crystal Acres Chocolatier in the Children’s Hunter Pony division Week VII and placed first, second and fourth over fences.
Twins Dani and Alex Cascoigne had their Messenger Hill Farm debut in the Cross Rails division during Week V. Alex and Seriously earned a first a fourth and a second under saddle. Dani and Garrison Forest, owned by Charles Waters, earned two blue ribbons in the division clinching the reserve championship. During Tryon Summer VII, Dani and Garrison Forest secured the reserve championship with her Alex and Seriously in the ribbons.
Ava Scharbo had the ride on Who’s the Man in the Cross rails during Week VI and were reserve champions of the division. Her brother, Matthew Scharbo competed in the division with Shimmer, owned by Lanes End, during Week VI and earned respectable ribbons. Ava took over the ride on Shimmer during Tryon Summer VII and nabbed the championship.