We were happy to welcome back the judges from the American Hanoverian Society/American Rhineland Studbook on July 23-24. It was two oppressively hot days, but the judges and horses held up well! Five stallions were presented and two were granted Lifetime Approval. Congratulations to: Fie Andersen and Rocazino (Rosentanz-Silvio I-Feiner Stern) who has already fulfilled his sport requirements in dressage and to Kenneth & Selma Garber and Vallado/Praise (Now or Never-Saros xx-Important) who is the first stallion to have fulfilled his sport requirements in the hunter ring. Two new, exciting options for Hanoverian & Rhineland breeders here in the US. Thank you to all the stallion owners who presented at this licensing.
Two mares were inspected for breeding: Paula Byrum’s Oldenburg mare Saint Isabelle BHF (Sir James-Renaissance) who scored an overall 7.3 and Hilltop’s Hanoverian mare Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) who scored an overall 7. The two mares also completed the Mare Performance Test and Qindle was the High-Score for the MPT with an overall 7.16. She is now a Premium Mare Candidate.
The Yearling/Two-Year Old Futurity was well attended. Champions for each division included: Two-Year Old Filly was Beretta LJS (Bugatti-Ferro), Yearling Filly Starlet (Sternlicht GGF-Festrausch), Two-Year Old Colt Rendezvous ESH (Rubignon-Weltmeyer), and Yearling Gelding Diamond Quinn (Diamond Hit-Quaterback).
One the second day, two non-Hanoverian mares were presented and Lisa Saabye’s Ebella (Ehrentusch-Over The River xx) was accepted into the Main Studbook with an overall 7.0. High-score non-Hanoverian mare was Paula Byrum’s mare Saint Isabelle BHF who was presented the prior day. An additional 5 Hanoverian mares were also presented. Grizelda (Gold Luck-Tex The Man xx) was eligible for the Studbook given that her dam was in the Pre-Studbook for the registry. Dubonnett (Donnerwetter-Picard) earned a 6.67 and entered the Main Studbook. Three mares became Premium Eligible: Werona (Wolkenstein II-Bolero) 7.0 overall, Maybe Magic C (Mighty Magic-Ramiro’s Bube) 7.5 overall, and Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) with a 7.83 overall. Relevè HTF became the high-scoring Hanoverian Mare.
A total of 14 foals were presented representing the stallions Sternlicht GGF, Schroeder, Sir James, Bugatti Hilltop, Qredit, Vitalis, De Niro, Contucci, and Vallado. Bristol HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) was named Top Colt. The filly class was particularly strong with Vianne (Vitalis-Ramiro’s Bube), Quilana CF (Qredit-Royal Prince), and Savannah HTF (Sternlicht-Royal Prince) all being called back. Savannah was named Top Filly.
Thank you to all the participants, spectators, and AHS officials! Congratulations to all the participants!
The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory).
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.
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.