Wellington, Fla. – March 8, 2018 – Messenger Hill Farm continues to enjoy success at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), but Week VII was particularly eventful for the Chicago-based team. Freddie and Jodi Vazquez, owners and trainers of Messenger Hill Farm had much to celebrate as their clients rose to the top of the ranks of some of the best and brightest in the country.
Freddie Vazquez Produces Clear Rounds and Top Placings
Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4 (Baloubet du Rouet x Grosso Z) were one of 12 horse and rider combinations to complete the first round fault-free in the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by The Dutta Corporation. The pair had an unlucky rail in the short course and took home a piece of the prize money tied for seventh place.
During Week VI he competed his 2015 Pan Am mount, Esprit de Vie, in the 1.30m Jumpers and had solid performances with all clear rounds.
“Bachelor has been jumping his heart out for me,” Vazquez said. “He has been my rock. With Sperry (Esprit de Vie), I’ve taken it slow and she has performed well. For all our horses, we’re carefully planning to give them enough time off during WEF.”
Vazquez will represent Puerto Rico at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games with show jumping held in Bogotá, Colombia July 19-Aug. 3.
Jodi Vazquez Competes in the Hunter Ring with the Best in the Business.
Jodi Vazquez and Casual, owned by Chloe Watrous, continue to rake in the ribbons in the 3’3” Performance Working Hunter division, with a second and fourth over fences out of a field of 33 and a sixth under saddle and in the stake class in a California split nearly 50 horse and rider combinations. Jodi and Casual are in fourth place in the circuit standings of the division.
Jodi her own Quiloo, a birthday present from her husband two years ago, earned top scores in the 3’6” Green Hunters among the best hunter riders in the nation. She also earned scores in the 80s with Kira Telford’s Calistoga Gold in the 3’3” Performance Hunters.
Jhin and Armstead on a roll.
Messenger Hill Farm jumper riders Chloe Jhin and Karyn Armstead kept their goals in sight during Week VII and reaped the rewards. Jhin and her own Elmo V.D. Bremdhoeve earned the championship of the Low Children’s Jumpers and were reserve champions with her own Liberty and Dersey, owned by Prix Ventures. In an enormous California split division, Jhin won two classes and was first and second in the classic. In the circuit standings, she is in first place with Liberty, fourth with Dersey and sixth with Elmo.
Armstead had clear rounds with her own Cincinnati in the Training Jumpers and another clear round and a top-10 finish with Twinkie, owned by Natalia Gierbolini and were double clear and fourth in the Low Child Adult Training Jumpers. The pair is leading the division in the circuit standings.
The Watrous Sisters Lead the Circuit in their Divisions
Chloe Watrous and her own Casual were reserve champions of the younger division of the Children’s Hunters during Week I and VI. During Week VII, the duo clinched the championship of the division with three wins and a second. They now stand in second place just beyond the half-way mark of the circuit in the division.
Watrous continues to astound in the 2’9” 12-14 Equitation with solid performances aboard her own Quintus Rubin. The pair won their flat phase and were first and second over fences out of 20 top young riders and earned the championship of the division. Watrous now leads the circuit standings with 198 points, 83 points ahead of the second-place competitor. They also excelled in the THIS Children’s Medal and were awarded fourth place out of 34.
Elodie Watrous, earned some impressive ribbons in competitive divisions with her large pony Love and Laughter and in the Low Children’s Hunter division with Take Note, owned by Siboney Ranch. With Love and Laughter, the judges awarded a first, third, fifth and sixth. Elodie leads the circuit standings with Take Note in the Low Children’s Hunters. This season is their first foray beyond the pony divisions.
Accolades for Messenger Hill Farm Amateur Hunter Riders
Kira Telford and her stallion Cloud Gate (Clarimo x Lavaletto) competed in a large and competitive Low Adult Hunter division. The pair earned two third and one seventh-place prizes over fences. Telford tried her hand in the adult equitation ranks with her own Calistoga Gold in the Ariat National Medal and earned a fifth and a nod from the judge. Calistoga Gold, a bay Holsteiner gelding, earned an impressive second place in the amateur section of the USHJA National Derby during WEF 2017. The pair plans to compete in the two-round event on the turf at the WEF Stadium again this season.
Dana Senn showed Baricello, a bay Dutch Warmblood gelding by Caricello, owned by In the Clover Equestrian, in the Adult Amateurs and were second, third, fourth and fifth sixth over fences. Their quality rounds earned them the reserve championship of the division.
The future of the sport
Alexandra Lynn Willner piloted Dana Waters’ Garrison Forest to two a blue ribbon under saddle and another blue and a sixth-place prize over fences in the USHJA 2’ Hunter division. Willner and Garrison Forest lead the division in the circuit standings. They also nabbed a win of one of their Large Children’s Pony Hunter over-fences classes.
Dani Gascoigne and Garrison Forrest moved up from the Cross Rails to the Short Stirrup division and took home a third and a seventh over fences and a sixth under saddle. Alex Gascoigne and Waters’ Seriously had a second in their Short Stirrup Equitation round and had a third and a fourth over fences with a sixth under saddle
Ava Scharbo and Who’s the Man, owned by Josette Smith-Rezac, won the under saddle and the equitation flat class of Short Stirrup Hunter division during. They also took a sixth and an eighth over fences Week I, with a first, second, third and fifth.
Her brother Matthew Scharbo and Shimmer, the phenom pony owned by Lanes End, was reserve champion of the Cross Rails division garnered a blue and a red ribbon with a seventh under saddle.
“Freddie and I are so pleased with everyone’s progress,” Jodi Vazquez said. “We have such a great group of clients and they are all riding their best and the horses have been fantastic! It means a lot to be in this position among the best of the best at WEF.”
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 has qualified to compete at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games and has set his sights on the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, 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.
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