VIP February 16, 1979-November 13, 2002

VIP February 16, 1979-November 13, 2002

Hilltop News VIP February 16, 1979-November 13, 2002 Return to All Hilltop Archives >>> Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day. VIP had a heart attack in his field and died very suddenly. Just moments before, he was enjoying his usual gallop through his paddock, gesturing to all that he was still "King of the Hill!" VIP enjoyed a wonderful life as a show jumper under Steve Stephens and Debbie Dolan. As a 7-year old under Steve Stephens, VIP won the AGPA Championships, one of the youngest horses in the history of the sport at that time to win such a prestigious event. He continued on under Debbie Dolan to an international career as a show jumper. Accomplishments 1987 -- CSIO Spruce Meadows, Calgary Nations Cup 1987 -- CSIO Royal International, Toronto Nations Cup 1988 -- CSIO Mexico, Nations Cup (2nd place) 1989 -- CSIO Rome, Nations Cup 1989 -- CSIO Hickstead, England Nations Cup (2nd place) 1989 -- Grand Prix of Aachen -(3rd place) 1990 -- US World Equestrian Games Trials, Overall Best Score 1990-1991 -- Volvo East Coast World Cup League 1992 -- I Love New York Grand Prix When VIP was retired from sport, he came to live at Hilltop Farm. We were blessed with...