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Cabana Boy ~ Goodbye To A Champion

Cabana-Boy-GoodbyeIt 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.

The consummate showman with a larger than life personality, Cabana had the unique ability to draw fans wherever he went.  Bred by Doug and Shannon Langer of Wisconsin, Cabana Boy was sired by Hilltop Farm’s stallion Contucci and out of Britania (Bordeaux-Weltmeyer).  Hilltop Farm acquired Cabana Boy early in his yearling year and since then Cabana Boy has been unstoppable in his accomplishments.

Accomplishments

2002

Site Champion of American Hanoverian Society Foal Inspection in Wisconsin

2004

Dressage at Devon ~ Colt Champion, Young Horse Champion, Reserve Grand Champion

2007

Champion of East Coast Selection Trials for FEI World Breeding Championships

Represented the US at the FEI World Breeding Championships in Verden, GER

USEF/Markel FEI 5-Year Old National Champion

USDF Horse of the Year ~ FEI 5-Year Olds

USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Champion ~ FEI 5-Year Olds

2008

Champion of East Coast Selection Trials for FEI World Breeding Championships

USEF/Markel FEI 6-Year Old National Champion

USDF Region 1 ~ 3rd Level Champion

USDF Horse of the Year ~ FEI 6-Year Olds

USDF Reserve Champion ~ Third Level Open

USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Champion ~ FEI 6-Year Olds & Third Level

2009

Qualified for & Competed at USEF Intermediaire I Championships

USEF Developing Horse National Champion

Dressage at Devon ~ Highest Scoring US-bred in CDI competition

USDF Horse of the Year Standings ~ ranked 7th for Prix St. Georges & 14th for Intermediaire I

USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Champion ~ Prix St. Georges & Intermediaire I

2010

3rd Place at USEF Intermediaire I National Championships

A shining star for Hilltop Farm, US sport horse breeding, and US dressage, Cabana Boy’s loss is felt by many.  He has touched us all deeply and his passing leaves an enormous hole in our hearts. Jane MacElree, Chris Hickey, and the staff at Hilltop Farm would like to express their sincere appreciation to the veterinarians at New Bolton Center who guided us through this crisis, as well as the veterinarians at Unionville Equine and Dr. Amy Rabanal who have worked closely with Cabana Boy over so many years.

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