American Hanoverian Society Inspection
Hilltop Farm was proud to host the American Hanoverian Society Inspection on July 19-20. Judges were Meg Williams, Jürgen Rump, and George Walker. Sunday was a bit shorter day than usual as there were no Mare Performance Test Participants this year. The highlight of the day however was the East Coast Stallion Licensing. Two stallions were presented, and one was granted approval. Hancock, a charming black Trakehner stallion by Imperio, was bred by Kristine Gehrmann-Arp and is now owned by Marilyn Black. Already approved by a number of registries in Europe, Hancock will be an exciting new option for North American breeders. The Yearling & Two-Year Old Futurity was also held on Sunday and saw growing participation with a wide variety of bloodlines represented. Champion Yearling Filly was Noor (Negro-Festrausch), bred by Kathleen Jackson & owned by Rebecca Langworst-Barlow who earned a highlight score of 8.5 on her walk. Reserve Champion in the Yearling Fillies was Quartet GSH (Qredit-Arrian), bred/owned by Michelle Reilly. In the Two-Year Old Fillies it was Laurie Cameron’s Maybe Magic C (Mighty Magic-Ramiro’s Bube) who was named Champion Filly, with Reserve Champion going to Hilltop Farm’s Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince). In the Yearling Colts/Geldings, Rendezvous ESH (Rubignon-Weltmeyer) owned by Lee Ann Greene & Danee Rudy and bred by Regina Esterman was Champion with an overall score of 78 points. Sieg (Sir Gregory-Donnerhall) was Reserve Champion and is owned by Amber Fies and was bred by Kendra Hansis. Finally in the Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class, we saw Bugatti Royale (Bugatti-Del Piero) earn the Champion ribbon for owner Alexa Briscoe and breeder Kathy Jackson. Paula Byrum’s Eli’s Coming BHF (Escudo II-Keos xx) was Reserve Champion.
Monday started with the Mare Inspection. Two Hanoverian mares were presented. Liz Frankel’s Gina (Ginsberg I-Don Pedro) earned an overall 7 and is now Elite Eligible. Field of Dreams (Fielding-Rascalino), owned by Lindsey Mutschler and bred by Kendra Hansis, was named Champion Hanoverian Mare with an overall score of 7.67 with wonderful comments from the judges including “this is really what we are looking for.” Four Non-Hanoverian Mares were also presented for inspection and all were accepted into the Hanoverian breeding program. The Thoroughbred My Little Gracie (Press Card-Hello Gorgeous) and the Oldenburg Mare Helvetica (Harvard-Aktuell) both earned overall scores of 7. The Swedish Warmblood mare Red Amorina (Amiral-Chirac) was accepted with a 7.16, and Kris Schuler’s Oldenburg Mare Plume de Soleil EMF (Roi du Soleil-Pablo) earned an overall score of 8 and was the Champion Non-Hanoverian Mare with scores of 9 for her head and her walk.
An impressive total of Twenty-One foals were presented this year representing the stallions Contucci, Dacaprio, Freestyle, Sinatra Song, Sternlicht Hilltop, Diamo Gold, Sir Gregory, Don Principe, Quaterback, Qredit Hilltop, Diacontinus, Brentano II, Diamond Hit, Floriscount, Fielding, and Lanthan. The judges had their work cut out for them on choosing their Top Foals of the day and in the end called by both a First & Second Place for Colts and Fillies. Of the colts, the Top Foal was given to Diamond Quinn (Diamond Hit-Quaterback), bred & owned by Susan Graham White. The judges described him as a “super colt, good length of leg, and pretty close to a perfect trot.” Second place in the colts was Stetson HTF (Sternlicht-Negro) who was praised for his top-quality movement in all three gaits. For the fillies, Catherine Haddad’s winning combination of Don Principe on her Ramiro’s Bube-DeNiro mare once again resulted in a Top Foal Award. Doubletake was noted as a “wonderful mover that really lifts in front, a super foal even at a really young age.” Second place filly was Dakara KF (Diamo Gold-Contendro I), bred/owned by Claudia Patrick who showed a very good breeding combination with correct legs, a strong croup, and a very active trot.
Thank you to all the participants and spectators who joined us for this event.
Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop.
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Hilltop Articles & Interviews
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.
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.