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Messenger Hill Farm Amateurs Find Success at WEF

Written by: Andrea Robbins
Client: Messenger Hill Farm
Release Date: 2015-03-29

Behind the Scenes Efforts and Attention to Detail Pay Off

Wellington, FL - March 29, 2015 - Messenger Hill Farm were successful at the 2015 winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), with many clients earning top honors in competitive divisions. Working in the Messenger Hill Farm program with trainers Jodi and Freddie Vazquez has proved prosperous for their amateur riders. But it isn't just the ribbons that have made their WEF experience so rewarding and memorable.
Amateur rider Dana Senn has known trainers Jodi and Freddie Vazquez as a Messenger Hill Farm client for more than 15 years. Senn has been competitive in the Adult Hunter Division with her horse Presently, consistently placing throughout the weeks and receiving top honors during week two. Senn has enjoyed watching both her horses, Presently and new-comer St. Regis succeed with the Vazquez's training.

"They can train him [Presently] up in the professional divisions so he is ready for me to show at the end of the week, Senn explained. "I feel that it has made him better for me. It is fun for me to watch as a spectator and then to show him."
Matching rider and horse along with having access to buying high quality horses is an area where Messenger Hill Farm excels. They have many options for clients not only within the barn but they have access to import investment horses.
"We didn't have to go searching [for Presently], it was a really good fit, Senn explained. "It was a great match and he was what I needed physically and my kind of ride."
The Vazquezes were patient and searched for the right horse for Senn, a safe yet green horse. Senn was pleased with the horse they found, St. Regis,
"They have taken my riding further than I have ever hoped to go,"she said.

Meg Gehron, another Messenger Hill Farm competitor, cleaned up during WEF Week Three in the tough Amateur Owner 18-35 Hunter division, winning one of the over fences class and placing second in the rest of the over fences classes offered. Gehron also finds the Vazquez's ability to find suitable horses to be exceptional, even when challenges arise.
"Freddie and Jodi have presented me with opportunities to catch ride on a couple of hunters since we have been down here, Gehron said. "I am always really appreciative of (that)."
Gehron and Senn agree that their success is also supported by the high quality of care at the barn and the great team that the Vazquezes have assembled.
"The care for the horses is always exceptional,"explained Gehron "The guys work unbelievably hard and are always on top of everything, from noticing a small scratch or bump that wasn't there the day before that may have easily been overlooked to a horse not acting their normal self, they are always one step ahead."
The Messenger Hill Farm team stresses a nurturing and team-spirited culture. The amateurs support each other at the ring and are known to lift each other to spirits after a tough day.

"They have really festered a strong team environment,"Senn said. "Everyone who rides here cheers for each other on, it is really a good camaraderie."
Just like Senn and Gehron, Messenger Hill Farm amateur Elizabeth Corey also is no stranger to success, consistently earning top ribbons in the Low Adult Hunters, highlighting a win during the very competitive Week 7. Throughout WEF, Corey found success with both her horses, 15-year-old, "old campaigner" S'Adorable and 7-year-old, "new to the block "Hula Hoop, under the guidance and top instruction of the Vazquezes.
"It has been wonderful for me to see Jodi show Rocky (Hula Hoop), Corey explained. "It's fun to see the new guy on the block grow. She and Freddie have really helped me learn how to ride Rocky.
Corey added, "Their strategy for getting me to the show ring on this horse has just been great. It has been geared to how I ride."
Corey's schedule allows her to travel to WEF a few weekends each month but due to the instruction offered at Messenger Hill Farm in Chicago, Corey feels prepared upon arriving in Florida.
"They [Jodi and Freddie Vazquez] have balanced my instruction here with my instruction at home,"she said. "They have trainers and support at home. They tell the trainers what I should do in between weekends. It is very reassuring to have Messenger Hill Farm North keep me going before I go down to Messenger Hill Farm South in Wellington.
Corey continued, "It has been a lot of fun I feel like it [WEF] has been such a great growth opportunity and I feel so safe.
Messenger Hill Farm strives to provide clients with the right horses and they have gone above and beyond, creating a top-notch training facility. Within the last year, they have made a six-figure investment in footing, placing a priority onthe safety, and comfort of the horses. For non-traveling clients, there are trainers at the farm year-round that teach, train and take to local shows.
About Messenger Hill Farm
Located in Mettawa, Illinois, just north of Chicago, Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper facility owned by head trainers Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Offering training, lessons, showing and sales, every detail of the facility and the care of the horses is well-thought-out. The farm features all-weather turnout, heated barn and attached indoor arena, 200'x 285' outdoor arena, five-acre grass jump field, excellent footing, treadmill, tack room with lockers and a lounge.
For experienced riders, Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels - local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Kentucky Spring and Summer Horse Shows, the Colorado Horse Park's Summer in the Rockies, Tryon, the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, Lamplight, Ledges and more. For those just getting started in the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses to help riders achieve their goals.
Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call (847) 573-1100.


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