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 and we’ll start off with the youngster. David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) is bred and owned by Marydell Farm. His walk was the highlight and earned an 8.5 and 9 from the judges! Davey finished in 10th place overall at the USEF Four-Year Old National Championships. Michael agreed with the judges comments that a growth stage made the balance a little less consistent than it was earlier in the season, but the purity of his gaits and work ethic remain 100% solid and he’s looking forward to continuing his development.
Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), owned by Hilltop Farm, had a very good showing in the Six-Year Old Preliminary class Friday morning. His overall score of 7.98 put him in a strong position going into Sunday’s Final. In the Finals, Michael was able to ask Sternlicht for more power and the connection was steadier than in the Preliminary round. The handsome pair finished in 3rd place overall with an 8.028 in the USEF Six-Year Old National Championships. Sternlicht’s breeder, Rachel Ehrlich, deserves a special mention as he was also the Top-Scoring US-Bred horse.
Thank you to Michael’s sponsors, Purina Horse Feed, Hulsebos Saddles, and Cavallo who kept Michael and Sternlicht looking and feeling their best.
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
Riverman (Redfort – Landego) has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion line up for many years. Though is career focus was in the dressage arena, we see Riverman offspring excelling in the upper levels of almost every sport including dressage, eventing, combined driving, and most recently Riverman offspring are shining in show jumping...
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.
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.