Wellington, Fla. – March 2, 2016 – Messenger Hill Farm continues to stand out across multiple equitation, hunter and jumper divisions during the 12-week long 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) held in Wellington, Florida. During Weeks Six and Seven, the team took home top prizes and tricolors for their impeccable showmanship, as well as their horsemanship.
Sisters Elodie and Chloe Watrous had successful results under the guidance of Jodi and Freddie Vazuqez. Chloe rode Page 6 to two first place finishes. Her first blue was earned during the Small Pony Hunter Handy round, and the second during the Small Pony Conformation Hunter. She was awarded the Small Pony Hunter Reserve Championship for WEF Week Seven. Chloe returned to Pony Island with Just Darlu, and continued to dominate the pony rings, finishing in second and third in the Small Pony Hunters and fifth in the WIHS Pony Equitation. Her sister, Elodie, rode in the Short Stirrup Hunter division aboard both Shimmer and Sugarbrook Game Plan, earning second and fourth place respectively.
|Chloe Watrous and Page 6|
Freddie Vazquez, a seasoned international competitor, trainer and co-owner of Messenger Hill Farm with his wife Jodi, has taken WEF by storm with his well-turned out horses. The meticulous care and management of their horses was reflected during WEF Week Seven when Espirit De Vie, a horse ridden by Freddie and owned by Messenger Hill Farm, won the Best Presented Horse award, presented by Equis, for the second time in five weeks. Freddie and Espirit De Vie first impressed the jury during Week Two of WEF, and returned last week to steal the show during the Week Seven FEI jog, earning the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare the title for her second time. The Vazquezes credit their phenomenal grooms Arturo and Arnulfo Novoa for all their efforts in maintaining the high standards of Messenger Hill Farm.
|Freddie Vazquez and Espirit De Vie|
Freddie and Espirit De Vie, a newer partnership for the Puerto Rican rider, have shown their consistency throughout the circuit, growing stronger in their relationship since their outing in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, during the summer of 2015. Espirit De Vie has proven herself a solid and scopey mount with the abilities to take Freddie to the top of the podium. During the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round VII, after a week-long break, Freddie and the talented mare rode to a clear first round to qualify for the challenging jump-off. Finishing on only four faults, Messenger Hill Farm is looking forward to seeing everything that the horse can offer under the tutelage of their experienced show team.
Jodi is no stranger to the competition scene, and when she is not offering her expertise and training to her students, she is showcasing her own talents in the hunter ring. During Week Seven of WEF, Jodi came away with excellent rides on many of Messenger Hill Farm’s top horses. Jodi rode Modigliani in the WEF Open 3’3″ Hunter division, impressing the judges and earning two first place awards and the second place ribbon for their efforts ultimately clinching the championship rosette. Jodi also piloted Hula Hoop in the Conformation Hunter division, coming away with two second place ribbons.
In the equitation ring during Week Six, rider Alexandra Maracic and her own, At Last, took the top call during the Equitation 3′ Adult division, sponsored by Omega Alpha, in both the over fences and the flat phase. The Vazquezes are no newcomers to the equitation scene, guiding long-time student Caitlin Boyle to the ASPCA Maclay Finals in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as the USEF Talent Search.
|Alexandra Maracic and At Last|
A staple in the show ring, Messenger Hill Farm exemplifies its long history of success, as seen with up-and-coming talent, Chloe Jhin, a student who has ridden with them since she first set her eyes on a pony. The 9-year-old rode Modigliani during Week Seven of WEF, winning the Low 2’6″ Children’s Hunter Championship. The pair dominated the competition and earned themselves three firsts and the second place ribbon.
Messenger Hill Farm is looking forward to the final weeks of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival. Riders of all ages and disciplines are gearing up for Week Eight at WEF, eager to get back in the saddle and continue to bring home the ribbons. Messenger Hill Farm continues to offer top quality training and horses that produce top place finishes in the competition ring.