Hilltop News

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.

Stallion News

Hilltop Archives


With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.

Click to View Article
Click Here to View More Hilltop Milestones & Articles

Hilltop Articles & Interviews


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.

Click to View Article

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.

Click to View Article
Click Here to View More Hilltop Milestones & Articles

Recent News

2017 Dressage at Devon: Another Dressage at Devon is in the books for Team Hilltop. Once again, we welcomed back King Santacruz to join Michael Bragdell in handling a number of Hilltop-sired and client-owned horses for Hilltop Farm. Thank you to Michael and King for a superb job with all the horses and to all the Hilltop staff both at home and at the show that pull this off year after year! >>>

USDF Region 8 Championships: This year we again traveled to the USDF Region 8 Championships in Saugerties, NY. At the large HITS facility, there were over 1600 rides scheduled over the four days of competition – a massive show! Jessica Fay has had a fantastic season with her horses and Regionals ended on a high note for the 3 mares she qualified. >>>

Dunmovin Dressage: Well the rain may have gotten us totally soaked, but it was still a great show at Dunmovin. Jess Fay took two horses out for their first dressage shows with super results. >>>

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! >>>