2016 US Dressage Finals
What better end to the 2016 show season but to wrap it up with the US Dressage Finals in Lexington, KY. Now in its 4th year, this show just gets better and better thanks to an experienced staff, enthusiastic volunteers, and generous supporters. Thank you ALL who make this show happen!
Michael took three horses to the Finals this year and came home with Top 10 finishes for all three. Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback-Dream of Glory) placed 7th in Friday’s Intermediate I Championship and 9th in Saturday’s Intermediate Freestyle Championship. Unfortunately, over the course of the show he was developing a cough and was feeling a bit under the weather by Sunday so we had to scratch the Prix St. Georges Championship. He traveled home safely and is getting a bit of time off while the cough resolves. Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) placed 2nd in his warm-up class on Thursday and won the Third Level Open Championship on Friday. This is Ziggy’s second trip to the Finals and his second National Championship! Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) and Michael made the most of their 80s pop music and captured the Third Level Freestyle Open on Saturday. You can’t help but smile as you watch this pair together and the music fits perfectly. All three horses were born here in the US too, which makes their wins even more significant. Congratulations to their breeders as well – Judy Yancey, Rachel Ehrlich, and Marie Emrey!
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.
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
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.