Hilltop Farm Welcome’s Vallado (aka Praise)

Vallado News Hilltop Farm Welcome’s Vallado (aka Praise) View All Vallado News >>> Hopefully you’ve seen the exciting news that Praise has moved to Hilltop Farm to join our 2015 Guest Stallion Line-up.  We’re very excited to represent this wonderful stallion for his owners Ken & Selma Garber.  Praise’s exceptional performance career, pedigree, and temperament make him a wonderful addition to the Hilltop Farm line-up. Summer Stoffel and Silver Creek Farms were instrumental in assisting us with making the transition for both Praise and his previous breeders seamless.   We’re looking forward to connecting with all of his past breeders and making him available to new and return breeders alike in 2015.  We’re also pleased to announce that Praise will once again be activated with ISR/Oldenburg, making him an available option for even more breeders. Vallado News M-Zinfendel (Vallado-Lotus T): M-Zinfendel (Vallado x I-Elvira/Lotus T) was named First Premium at the Pennock Point KWPN-NA Keuring this past weekend. >>> Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>> AHS/ARS Inspection: We were happy to welcome back the judges from the American Hanoverian Society/American Rhineland Studbook on July 23-24. >>> View All Vallado News Hilltop Farm,...
Royal Prince (1999 – 2015)

Royal Prince (1999 – 2015)

Hilltop News Royal Prince (1999 – 2015) Return to All Hilltop News >>>  April 20, 1999 – January 20, 2015  “Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” ~ William Shakespeare It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week.  Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center.  Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him. Royal Prince had a significant impact at Hilltop Farm.  In 2004 with Susanne Hassler, he placed fourth at the FEI World Championships for Young Horses – the highest American finish at the Championships to this day.  Royal Prince later helped Michael Bragdell earn his USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and he showed at Prix St. Georges with Chris Hickey.  Royal Prince developed into one of our most prominent stallions including winning the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year Award for five consecutive years. His offspring have been consistent winners at breed shows and inspections.  To date he has eight Elite Mare/Elite Mare Candidate daughters with the American Hanoverian Society and seven Premium Mares with ISR/Oldenburg. His offspring have earned USDF Horse of the Year titles, Regional Championships, and USDF All-Breeds Awards. Most importantly, Prince was part of our family.  The barn feels a bit empty without him here and while we are grateful for the years we had with him, we can’t help but feel his time here was cut far too short.  For those of you with a Royal...

Oldenburg Approval for George Clooney & Glamourdale

Hilltop News Oldenburg Approval for George Clooney & Glamourdale Return to All Hilltop News >>> We have excellent news for Oldenburg breeders in Europe and the US.  The Van Olst stallions George Clooney and Glamourdale are now fully approved by the Oldenburg Verband in addition to the KWPN.  This opens up further options for all breeders considering this new additions to the Hilltop Farm stallion line-up in 2015. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Sep, 2016 2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year. Click to View Article Jan, 2016 Riverman USEF Leading Eventing Sire With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Milestones & Articles Hilltop Articles & Interviews Aug, 2016 Tips on Showing Sport Horses In Hand Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell. Click to View Article May, 2013 Behind The Scenes – Hilltop Farm: American Quality The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a...

Chippendale adds Hanoverian Verband approval

Hilltop News Chippendale adds Hanoverian Verband approval Return to All Hilltop News >>> Chippendale offspring have proven exceptional this last year, including the Stallion Test winner Giovanni (ds. Scandic) as well as the young horse class winner Gigolo (ds. Rousseau).  Chippendale himself had a very successful year competing at Prix St. Georges.  The year 2015 is now off to an excellent start with the news that he has received full approval by the Hanoverian Verband. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Sep, 2016 2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year. Click to View Article Jan, 2016 Riverman USEF Leading Eventing Sire With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Milestones & Articles Hilltop Articles & Interviews Aug, 2016 Tips on Showing Sport Horses In Hand Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell. Click to View Article May, 2013 Behind The Scenes – Hilltop Farm: American Quality The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses,...

Hilltop Farm Welcomes a New Assistant Trainer

Hilltop News Hilltop Farm Welcomes a New Assistant Trainer Return to All Hilltop News >>> It’s an official welcome! Hilltop Farm has hired a new Assistant Trainer – Jessica Fay. Originally from Maine, Jessica grew up with horses on her family’s small warmblood breeding farm. Jessica raised, started, and sold a number of young homebreds. As a teen she competed in lower level eventing and show jumping. Jessica originally joined the Hilltop team for a year and a half in 2006 as a working student with Michael Bragdell. It was here that she developed her love of dressage and confirmed her desire to continue starting, training and developing young horses. After completing her Bachelors in Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Jessica spent the summer of 2011 working again with Michael and with Chris Hickey. She returned to UMass that fall where she entered the Masters Program in Kinesiology. During this time she continued to train her homebred Oldenburg mare, Veraki (by Riverman) and rode at Brenna Kucinski’s farm. In the summer of 2013 Jessica successfully made her FEI debut aboard Brenna’s wonderful Pan-Am winner Regent. Jessica then had the opportunity to further her training abilities by working as the assistant trainer/barn manager for Grand Prix trainer and competitor, Sharon McCusker. With Sharon’s support Jessica finished her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals aboard her own mare, Veraki, in 2014. Jessica has now completed her Masters Program at UMASS and returns to Hilltop as our new Assistant Trainer. Her passion for young horse education, and her knowledge of kinesiology provide a unique foundation for developing today’s sporthorses. Stallion News Hilltop...