Mettawa, Ill. – Dec. 27, 2018 – Messenger Hill Farm grew in 2018, adding new faces and new horses. The team enjoyed a successful fall season. Many members of the goal-oriented group moved up in their divisions during the three weeks in Tryon in preparation for the winter equestrian season in Wellington. The Messenger Hill Farm team were awarded multiple championships, a significant win for Freddie Vazquez in the $25,000 Hunter Spectacular at Tryon Fall with Exceptional and other key wins and top rankings.
New Partners for Freddie and Jodi Vazquez
Freddie has two new top jumper partners. Bull Run’s Testify, the former mount of Kristen VanderVeen, was Freddie’s Team Puerto Rico equine partner at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Bogota in July. Though the pair had been together only about a month, they finished the event and the team has qualified for the Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. The pair had great results during Tryon Fall.
Cara Mia K, owned by JS Sportpferde GMBH, a 2011 Swedish Warmblood mare by Careful 28, is another new partner for Freddie. The pair is notching clear rounds with a fifth in the 1.30m Open Jumpers Tryon Fall 3 and two top-10 finishes during Tryon Fall 4 and a third and a fifth during Week 5 in the 1.35m Jumpers and were second out of 23 during ESP Pre Charity in the 1.30m.
“I am really excited for the future with Cara Mia,” Freddie said. “She is careful and brave and scopey. I have high hopes for her.”
In the hunter ring, an exciting new addition to the barn is Exceptional, owned by Todd Minikus Ltd and leased by Chloe Watrous. Freddie and Exceptional won the $25,000 Hunter Spectacular during Tryon Fall 5 and were in the ribbons in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Piloted by Jodi Vazquez in the 3’6” Green Hunters, Exceptional had nothing less than a third-place prize and they were the reserve champions of the division during Tryon Fall 4. During Holiday & Horses, they won a class and had two thirds and a fourth.
Jodi had great results with the Messenger Hill Farm hunters, including the championship of the USHJA 3’ Hunters during ESP Pre Charity Horse Show and reserve championship with Esprit De Corps in the USHJA 2’9” Hunters during Tryon Fall 4. With Take Note, owned by Siboney Ranch, they were the reserve champions of the 2’6” USHJA Hunters. She rode Quiloo, owned by Messenger Hill Farm, to a win of a 3’6” Green Hunter division class at Tryon Fall 4.
The Watrous sisters stay on top
The highlight of Chloe Watrous’ season was qualifying her own Casual for the Children’s Hunter Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg. The pair distinguished themselves among the best in the nation, earning a sixth-place prize.
At ESP Pre Charity, Chloe rode Casual to the championship and Exceptional to the reserve championship of the Children’s Hunters. With Exceptional and Casual she had a win each in the Children’s Hunters during Tryon Fall 3. Chloe was in the ribbons in the equitation ring with Quintus Rubin, owned by North Run, with a win in the Hamel Foundation 3’3’ Medal and the 3’3” USHJA Jumping Seat Medal during Tryon Fall 3. They won another pair of medal classes, the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Medal and the USHJA 3’3” Medal, during ESP Pre Charity Horse Show.
Elodie Watrous and Take Note earned a blue ribbon and more top prizes in the Pre-Children’s Hunter division during Tryon Fall 5. Kicking off the late fall in Florida with new partners Esprit de Corps and August, they were champion and reserve, respectively of the Low Children’s Hunter division at ESP Pre Charity Horse Show. Elodie rode Penkivil to the championship of the Equitation 11 and Under division and was reserve champion at Tryon Fall 3. The duo also had a win in the Puddle Jumpers during Holiday & Horses.
Messenger Hill Farm adds to the jumper lineup
Consistently in the winner’s circle, Chloe Jhin moved up to the Children’s Jumpers. As if there were no learning curve, the talented rider won championships at Tryon Fall 3, ESP Pre Charity and Holiday & Horses with Elmo V.D. Bremdhoeve. She was reserve champion with Liberty Week 3 and at Holiday & Horses. During Tryon Fall 4, Jhin was in the top three in every class with both Elmo and Liberty.
Karyn Armstead has a new partnership with Ruslam De Petra, and they earned a red ribbon in Tryon during Fall 5 and two sixth-place prizes during Fall 4 and a fourth place during ESP Pre Charity.
Kira Telford recently graduated from the University of Miami and she has a new exciting partner in the Adult Jumpers with Garcia. The pair won a class of the division and were reserve champions at Holiday & Horses.
Messenger Hill Farm welcomes back Ellen Flannery who is paired with two perfect partners in Cincinnati, owned by Showcase 81, LLC. and Lando, owned by Alexandra Cherubini. Ellen rode with Messenger Hill Farm a few years back and has returned to compete more often. She won a .80m Jumpers class and was in the ribbons at Tryon Fall 4. With Lando, she was and was reserve champion of the Puddle Jumpers at ESP Pre Charity.
Accomplished amateur hunter riders bring home the blues
Dana Senn showed Choco Mousse, a dark brown Westphalian gelding by Donnerwind, owned by Mark Senn, in the Adult Amateurs 18-49 and earned a fourth and a sixth during Tryon Fall Four and nabbed a blue, red and yellow ribbons Week 5. At Holiday & Horses, the pair garnered two second-place and two third-place prizes.
Cynthia Baffa and her longtime partner Marneux competed in the older section of the Adult Amateurs and earned a first, second, third and fourth over fences and a fifth under saddle.
The Gascoigne twins earn accolades
Dani Gascoigne and her twin sister Alex were tearing it up in the short stirrup ring this fall. During Tryon Fall 4, Dani and Garrison Forrest, owned by Charles Waters, were champions of the 2’ Short Stirrup Hunter division and she pinned in all her classes in the division with new mount, On Q, owned by First Blue LLC. During Fall 5, Dani and Garrison Forest earned a first, second, third and fourth season. At ESP Pre Charity the pair were reserve champions of the division and with On Q, they took the championship of the Short Stirrup Equitation division.
Alex Gascoigne and Corban earned the championship of the 2’ Short Stirrup Hunter division at ESP Pre Charity and won some respectable prizes in the Short Stirrup Equitation with Quigley. In Tryon, Alex and Corban were reserve champions of the division Fall 4 and earned top prizes Fall 5.
Alex and Dani moved up to the Low Children’s Hunters for Holiday & Horses. Alex and Quigley earned the championship and Dani also had respectable prizes.
The twins’ mother Tanya Gascoigne with Cross Rails partner Bull Run’s Kaleo, returned to the ring for Holiday & Horses and earned the reserve championship.
The Scharbos are moving on up with the Messenger Hill Farm team
Ava Scharbo moved up to the Children’s Hunter Pony division and was champion with Pajama Party, owned by Bill Schaub, during Tryon Fall 4 and reserve champion Week 5. During Week 3, they earned a blue ribbon in the division and took home a first and a second-place prize during ESP Pre Charity.
Her brother, Matthew Scharbo and Brighton Heartbreaker, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, were reserve champions of the Cross Rails division at Tryon Fall 3. Then, the pair moved up to the Short Stirrup division during Fall 5 and earned a ribbon in every class. They also had good results in a large Short Stirrup division at ESP Pre Charity.
"It has been such a great fall," Jodi Vazquez said. "So many of our clients stepped right into new divisions and met the challenge without a hitch. We're so happy with the results. Everyone continues to surprise and delight us by all their hard work and attention to the details. It makes all the difference."
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 and 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. He has set his sights on the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 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, Lamplight Equestrian Center, Split Rock Jumper Tour 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