Welcome Quinnten Alston

Hilltop News Welcome Quinnten Alston Return to All Hilltop News >>> Everyone here at Hilltop Farm is excited to share the news that Quinnten Alston has joined our team as our new Stallion Handler and Breed Show Handler.  Quinnten joins us after five wonderful years with Rolling Stone Farm.  While working for Mo & Jim Swanson, he handled their homebred mare Rheporter (Royal Prince-Weltmeyer) to the Grand Championship of Dressage at Devon and earned the coveted Best Handler Award at the same show in 2011.  Quinnten’s presented a number of stallions and mares at their licensings and breed shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and the influence of his mentor, Bob Orton, is clearly evident in his quiet, confident presentations. “I have been so lucky to have had nothing but the utmost support from Mo Swanson and her husband Jim at Rolling Stone Farm. Along with helping to establish my name in the Sport Horse industry, the Swansons have also undoubtedly helped to reshape and redefine who I am as a person through some of my most important years.  This support only continues as I start to transition into this next phase of my life. I am enthusiastic about building new relationships as part of Team Hilltop and meeting new friends and clients.” ~ Quinnten Alston Quinnten’s enthusiasm for breeding and developing young horses is an ideal fit for us at Hilltop and we’re all looking forward to the new opportunities Quinnten’s addition offers.  Here’s to a wonderful 2014! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Sep, 2007 Cabana Boy Wins 2007 Markel/USEF National Championship The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey...

Riverman is Top US Jumper Sire

Stallion News Riverman is Top US Jumper Sire Return to All Riverman >>> Hilltop Farm is excited to share the news that Riverman (Redfort – Landego) is once again being honored with the USEF South Pacific Award, which is given annually to the leading US-based jumper sire based on the success of their offspring in USEF competitions.  The South Pacific award is donated by Joan Irvine Smith and is named after her international Grand Prix competitor and sire South Pacific. This is the third consecutive year that Riverman has earned this title! Riverman News Riverman & Don Principe Lead USEF Sire Rankings: The US Equestrian Leading Sire Rankings closed in mid-December and we have many exciting results to share! For the second time Marydell Farm's Don Principe was named the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and for the fourth time Riverman was named Eventing Sire of the Year! >>> Under The Radar (Riverman-Bar S Tex): Congratulations to Holly Becker! Holly’s homebred mare Under The Radar (Riverman x Leprechaun’s Molly Brown/Bar S Tex), aka “Rapid,” won the Novice Level Championship at the Area XI Eventing Championships. The 6-year old mare was ridden to the first place finish by Sarah Berkowitz. Way to go Rapid! >>> Cascade (Riverman-Argus): We just received super news from breeder Irena Coz Lucas. Cascade (Riverman x Hobby/Argus) received a 74 on her Mare Performance Test and is upgrading to the Premium Mare Book for ISR/Oldenburg. Cascade’s MPT results earned Cascade her first star in the ISR/Oldenburg Star Awards program. >>> View All Riverman News Hilltop Farm,...

Hilltop Stallions Lead USEF Sire Rankings

Hilltop News Hilltop Stallions Lead USEF Sire Rankings Return to All Hilltop News >>> Each year we look forward to the release of the USEF Sire of the Year rankings. The USEF Leading Sire system has become a valuable way for stallion owners, breeders, and trainers to evaluate the success of a stallion’s offspring in many different venues from competitions throughout the United States. This year, we pleased to see many of the Hilltop stallions receiving high rankings in multiple disciplines. The results were especially exciting for Marydell Farm’s Don Principe (Donnerhall – Prince Thatch xx) and Hilltop Farm’s Riverman (Redfort-Landego). Don Principe finished the year as the leading USEF Dressage Breeding Sire, an accomplishment that narrowly eluded him in 2010 when he finished Reserve Champion. With superb showings by his offspring at shows such as Dressage at Lexington and Dressage at Devon, we are not at all surprised that he earned this honor this season. Another highlight for Don Principe was a 9th place ranking in the Hunter Breeding division. Riverman offspring, yet again, highlighted the wonderful athletic versatility their sire offers, taking Riverman to a top-25 ranking in four different disciplines. Riverman was awarded the Reserve Champion USEF Eventing Sire of the Year, only a few points behind this year’s winner. Riverman also finished 20th in the Jumper Sire Rankings and was the highest ranked US-based jumper stallion; for which he was honored with the USEF South Pacific Award. In the Hunter Breeding and Hunter divisions, Riverman finished 24th and 13th respectively. Another cornerstone in the Hilltop Farm line-up, Contucci (Caprimond – Lungau) also earned multiple top-25 finishes.  Contucci finished...