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Freddie Vazquez and Esprit de Vie, along with Jodi Vazquez, are presented with the
“Best Presented Horse” Award and prizes from Kingsland Equestrian by Elena Couttenye
of Equis Boutique during Week 7 at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo by Jump Medi

Chloe Jhin and Modigliani

Alexandra Maracic and At Last

Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4

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Messenger Hill Farm Continues to Shine Mid-Circuit During 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Messenger Hill Farm
Release Date: 2016-03-01

Wellington, Fla. – March 1, 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.

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 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 weeklong 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.

In addition, Freddie continued to show to success throughout the Performance 3’6” Hunter division with Friday Night, owned by Kira Telford, claiming second and fourth place finishes in a large pack of contenders.

Messenger Hill Farm offers the rare opportunity for its clients to not only receive coaching and guidance from brilliant trainers, Freddie and Jodi, but also learn from the Vazquezes experiences in the show ring. Students often hear them recapping their rounds, discussing both the positives and negatives of the effort in the ring so everyone can learn and grow from it.

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 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 a second place ribbon for their efforts. She competed on Marneux, owned by Cynthia Baffa, in the WEF Open 3’3” Hunter division as well, earning a second place pinning. 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.

A staple in the show ring, Messenger Hill Farm exemplifies its long history of success, as seen with up-and-coming talent, Chloe Jhin. The 9-year-old rode Serendipity in the Low Child/Adult Training Jumpers during Week Six of WEF, competing for the top prize in the Nutrena-sponsored class. She posted two clear rounds and broke the beam in the jump-off at a speedy 28.849 seconds. She was only a hair shy of the second place finisher, concluding the class in third place. She duplicated her efforts aboard Liberty, taking the fourth place finish with a double-clear ride in 31.60 seconds.

During Week Seven of WEF, Jhin rode Modigliani to a championship win in the Low Children’s Hunter 2’6’’ division. The pair dominated the competition and earned themselves three firsts and a second place ribbon. Jhin competed Liberty again in the Low Child/Adult Training Jumpers, riding double-clear and in 33.919 seconds in the jump-off round, earning the fourth place finish. In the Large Children’s Pony Hunter ring during Week Seven, Jhin rode Follow the Laughter to garner a second place ribbon. Jhin continues to prove her skills throughout the winter circuit and will no doubt collect more ribbons in the coming five weeks of competition.

Karen Van Bennekom also placed well during the Low Child/Adult Training Jumper division, sponsored by Nutrena, taking the seventh place award out of 18 horse and rider combinations. She piloted Rendition, owned by Robert Crandall, to a double-clear round in 35.758 seconds.

Elizabeth Corey rode S’Adorable in the Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ division and had excellent rounds that stood out to the judges. The pair won two fourths and a third in the division.

Sisters Elodie and Chloe Watrous also had successful results under the guidance of Jodi and Freddie Vazuqez. Elodie rode in the Short Stirrup Hunter division aboard both Shimmer and Sugarbrook Game Plan, earning second and fourth place respectively. Chloe and Just Darlun dominated the pony rings, and finished in second and third in the Small Pony Hunters and fifth in the WIHS Pony Equitation. Chloe also rode Page 6 to two different first place finishes. Her first blue was earned during the Small Pony Hunter Handy round, and the second during the Small Pony Confirmation Hunter.

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.

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 are 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, Colorado Horse Park, 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 quality lesson program with 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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