Hilltop News

Each year Hilltop rewards breeders and owners on the success of their Hilltop-sired offspring. For results during the 2016 show season, a combination of 45 breeders and owners earned $17,000 in breeder rewards credits. Rewards certificates are able to be used on 2017 breedings to Hilltop-owned stallions.  They are earned via results from National and Regional Championships in all sport horse disciplines, from young horse classes to the top level of the respective sport.

We’d like to congratulate all of the breeders and owners on the accomplishments of each of the horses’ earning rewards this year! Here’s a complete list of reward earners from the 2016 season:

  • Ampere
    • Joule Effect HMF (Ampere x Face The Music) ~ KWPN-NA All-Breeds Award 2-Year Old Filly Reserve Champion
  • Bugatti
    • Beaucoup d’Amis (Bugatti x Carousel)
      • USDF Reserve Champion 4-Year Old Mare Materiale Horse of the Year
      • ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award 4 & 5-Year Olds Champion
      • ISR/Oldenburg Dressage Sport Horse Breeding 4-Year & Older Maiden Mare Champion
      • USDF Breeders Championship East Coast Reserve Champion Mare
    • Bushido LNF (Bugatti x Fantasy Creek)
      •  USDF Region 9 Training Level AA Reserve Champion
      • USDF Horse of the Year Vintage Cup Training Level AA Reserve Champion
  • Cabaret
    • Charisma (Cabaret x Warena) ~ USDF Region 4 Fourth Level Jr/YR Champion
  • Contucci
    • Coco Rhoyale (Contucci x Rhoyal Lady) ~ Half-Arabian All-Breeds Award Reserve Champion for AA Prix St. Georges
    • Chasse’ (Contucci x Releve) ~ ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award Winner for Jr/YR Second Level
    • Calimar (Contucci x Vodka Gimlet)
      • USDF Region 6 Grand Prix Freestyle Champion
      • ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award for Grand Prix Musical Freestyle Champion
    • Contempo (Contucci x First Arielle) ~ ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award Jr/YR Third Level Reserve Champion
  • Cordini
    • Dublin (Cordini x Wings from Heaven) ~ USHJA Zone 2 Adult Amateur Hunter 36 & Over Reserve Champion
  • Don Principe
    • Dahlia Ace (Don Principe x Berglicht Bo)~ USDF Region 3 Third Level AA Reserve Champion
    • Delovely (Don Principe x Sky Spirit) ~RPSI All-Breeds Award Open Second LevelChampion
    • Delta (Don Principe x Really Rosie)
      •  ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award 2-Year Old Fillies Champion
      • USHJA Zone 2 2-Year Old Hunter Breeding Reserve Champion Horse of the Year
  • Donarweiss
    • Dolce Vita (Donarweiss x Peaches) ~ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award Yearling Fillies Champion
  • Negro
    • Finnomenon (Negro x Topaz)
      • USDF Region 6 Second Level Jr/YR Champion
      • KWPN-NA All-Breeds Awards Second Level Jr/YR Reserve Champion.
  • Pikko del Cerro
    • Pik Alom (Pikko del Cerro x Benvolio GES) ~ RPSI All-Breeds Award Yearling Colts and Geldings Champion
  • Popeye
    • Peppermynt Pati (Popeye x Clanfair Mary K) ~ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award 2-Year Old Fillies Reserve Champion
    • Pixar (Popeye x Faschon) ~ ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award 4-Year & Older Stallions Reserve Champion
  • Qredit
    • Quotogenic (Qredit x Cara Mia) ~ USDF Breeders Series Rocky Mountain Filly Champion
  • Quite Easy
    • Elizabeth’s Elan (Quite Easy x Leticia) ~ AHHA All-Breeds Award Open Training Level Champion
    • Volcan de France (Quite Easy x Irlandaise II) ~USHJA Zone 6 Horse of the Year for 1.30/1.35m Amateur Owner Jumpers
    • Easy Time (Quite Easy x Carisma) ~ USHJA Zone 10 Horse of the Year for Junior Hunter 3’3”
  • Reno
    • Renoissance Ben (Reno x Erste) ~ AHHA All-Breeds Award AA First Level Champion
  • Riverman
    • River Run Roscoe (Riverman x Daddy’s Image) ~ AHHA All-Breeds Award Intermediaire I Open Reserve Champion
    • River Runner (Riverman x Andora) ~ ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award Jr/YR Training Level Reserve Champion
  • Royal Prince
    • Rohmeo (Royal Prince x Lady Rubina) ~GOV All-Breeds Award USEF 4-Year Olds Champion
    • Rmani (Royal Prince x Tiramisu) ~ ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award Vintage Cup First Level AA Reserve Champion
    • Royal Tourmalet SPF (Royal Prince x Adira) ~USDF Breeders Series East Coast Stallion Champion
    • Reebok (Royal Prince x Andromache)
      • USDF Region 2 Third Level Freestyle Champion
      • USDF Region 2 Third Level Open Reserve Champion
      • US Dressage Finals Third Level Freestyle Reserve Champion
      • USDF Horse of the Year Fourth Level Musical Freestyle
      • USDF Horse of the Year Reserve Champion Third Level Musical Freestyle
      • AHS All-Breeds Award Champion Fourth Level Musical Freestyle
      • AHS All-Breeds Award Champion Third Level Musical Freestyle
  • Sternlicht
    • Sherlock DBF (Sternlicht x Roscommon Annika)
      • USDF Reserve Champion Horse of the Year Current Year Colts and Geldings
      • ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award Champion Current Year Colts and Geldings
      • USDF Breeders Championship New England Current Year Colts and Geldings Reserve Champion

Congratulations to all the breeders and owners on the success of your Hilltop-sired offspring during the 2016 show season.  Each year we look forward to seeing offspring out showing. For more information on Hilltop Farm’s Breeders Support Programs please click here .

Stallion News

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It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.

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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.

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Hilltop Articles & Interviews


Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.

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A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.

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Recent News

Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul): We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT. Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! >>>

USDF 2017 Year-End Awards: Congratulations to Michael Bragdell on an outstanding year. >>>

Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced: The North American Stallion Sport Test, LLC has released the schedule of events for both the East Coast and West Coast stallion tests in Oct/Nov 2017. All listed events are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

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! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>