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Messenger Hill Farm Clinches Championships Throughout WEF Week Eight and Nine

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Messenger Hill Farm http://www.messengerhillfarm.com/
Release Date: 2016-03-17

 

Freddie Vazquez and Bachelor 4 during the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Jumpers, WEF Week Nine.
 
Wellington, Fla. - March 15, 2016 - Messenger Hill Farm is making waves at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). From Pony Island to the International Ring, their team can be found excelling at every level of competition. Freddie and Jodi Vazquez each turned in stellar rounds during WEF Week Eight and Nine, with Jodi claiming the WEF 3'3" Open Hunter Reserve Championship with Modigliani, and Freddie placing fifth with veteran mount Bachelor 4 in the $6,000 1.40m Open Jumpers, against a field of 148 contenders.
 
This dynamic duo has fostered a professional environment where students are encouraged to reach their goals, whatever they may be, and they can learn from the Vazquezes' experience in the show ring, a unique experience for their students.
 
Jodi caught the judges' eyes in the WEF 3'3" Open Hunters with Modigliani where she finished with one first place, two second place ribbons and the third place award. Their consistent results sealed their title as the division's reserve champions. She also turned in good results with Hula Hoop in the Green Conformation Hunters.
 
Jodi Vazquez and ModiglianiJodi Vazquez and Modigliani
 
"I show all levels of hunters, everything from pre-green and baby green to high performance," Jodi said. "I teach the way I ride. Unless you ride those animals, you can't explain that to someone. We work everyday to teach our clientele how to ride from feel. You have to be disciplined and have good horsemanship, and my philosophy is to teach the way I ride."
 
Freddie showed Bachelor 4 during WEF Week Nine, riding to the fifth place finish in a speedy 63.822 seconds, without fault. The pair returned for the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Jumpers to take the ninth place finish with their second consecutive clear round of the week, posted in a quick 62.35 seconds.
 
From Short Stirrup Hunters to the Grand Prix, the Vazquezes are devoted to taking their students as far as they would like to go in the sport. Freddie and Jodi's supportive and direct coaching style produces results in riders of all age groups, but their kind nature translates especially well with younger riders, some which have worked with the Vazquezes for nearly a decade. They have found that by driving home the fundamentals and importance of responsibility, the ribbons seem to come naturally as a result.
 
Chloe Jhin and Serendipity win the Low Child/Adult Training Jumper Championship.
 
Stand out talent, 9-year-old Chloe Jhin, took home top honors during WEF Week Eight in both the Low Children's Hunter division and the Low Child/Adult Training Jumpers. Amongst competitors of all ages, Jhin and Serendipity, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, took Ring 10 by storm. They were named champions of the Low Child/Adult Training Jumpers for their speedy and clear rounds. Jhin also demonstrated her versatility in the hunter ring by claiming the reserve championship honors in the Low Children's 2'6 Hunter division with Trousseau.
 
She returned during Week Nine to take the second and third place finishes in the Low Child/Adult Training Jumpers with Serendiity and Liberty, respectively. It was Modigliani who shined during the ninth week of the 12-week circuit. Jhin rode the gelding to the Low Children's 2'6" Hunter Championship with the first, second and two third place finishes. 
 
Chloe Jhin and Trousseau are WEF Week Eight Low Children's 2'6" Hunter Reserve Champions.
 
Another consistently successful young rider, who took home the rosettes during Week Eight and Nine, was Elodie Watrous. Aboard Lane's End Farm's, Shimmer, Watrous was named champion in the Short Stirrup Hunter division, and claimed the reserve championship the following week. She was only beat by none other than herself, aboard Beaverwood's Foxberry, taking the championship with the first, second and third place, as well as topping off the win with the first place finish in the Short Stirrup Equitation Under Saddle.
 
On Pony Island, sister Chloe Watrous, earned the fourth place finish in during WEF Week Eight's highly competitive USEF Pony Medal class aboard Page 6, yet for the young rider fourth was only a stepping stone to the first place finish she claimed during Week Nine of competition. 
 
Elodie Watrous and Shimmer claim Short Stirrup Hunter Championship.

According to the Vazquez's, Jhin and the Watrous sisters have immersed themselves in the sport. They put in the work and the time, riding five days a week and take as many lessons as they can. 
  
"It is about creating an environment that everyone feels safe, is learning and having a good time and reaching their goals," Jodi said. "We created a program that establishes from beginning to end--short stirrups to grand prix--that everyone gets what they need. For us, that means that no step is missed, no stone is unturned."
 
Jodi and Freddie Vazquez of Messenger Hill Farm
 
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, 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 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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