Don Principe Foal Announcements

Don Principe News Don Principe Foal Announcements View All Don Principe News >>> 2017 Foals It’s a boy for Ryan Spanagel of Ivor, VA! A very handsome Don Principe colt arrived to Ryan’s Arabian mare Lourdes on April 23, Ryan says mom and baby are doing great and she is still deciding on just the right name to suit her new arrival. Congratulations, Ryan! Congratulations to Don and Dee Kapper of Outer Banks Farm in Beach City, OH on the birth of a very handsome new Don Principe colt! Dare arrived to Don and Dee’s Hanoverian mare Caron OBX on March 28th, a very leggy chestnut with one white sock and a blaze. It’s a boy for Melissa Jackson of Parrish, FL! A Don Principe colt arrived to Melissa’s Hanoverian mare Sangaree on March 24th and Melissa says that both mom and baby are doing great. Congratulations on your new arrival! Welcome little one! Marina Genn of Leesburg, VA is so thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Don Principe filly, born on March 22 to her mare Ramina. Her name will be Déjà vu.  Congratulations on this sweet new arrival, Marina! 2016 Foals Congratulations to Meredith Barlow and Angela Stanaway of Dunnsville, VA on the arrival of their new Don Principe colt! Born to their Hanoverian mare Adella on June 5th, Meredith says he is lovely. Congratulations to Diane Carlson on the arrival of her new Don Principe colt! Born on April 11th to her Oldenburg mare Peugot, this handsome guy is chestnut with a large blaze and three tall stockings. Marina Genn of Leesburg, VA is...

USEF Sire Rankings

Hilltop News USEF Sire Rankings Return to All Hilltop News >>> The United States Equestrian Federation compiles annual Sire Rankings based on competition results of recorded offspring.  With the results finalized the end of December, we’re excited to share the achievements for the current, and a few former, stallions at Hilltop Farm. Quite Easy  USEF Leading Hunter Sire.  This is the second consecutive year Quite Easy was recognized as the Leading Hunter Sire! USEF Jumper Sire Rankings – 8th USEF Eventing Sire Rankings – 22nd Riverman  USEF Leading Eventing Sire – Reserve Champion USEF Hunter Sire – 17th Ampere USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – Reserve Champion Bugatti USEF Hunter Eventing Sire – 10th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 4th USEF Dressage Sire  – 16th Contucci USEF Dressage Sire – 4th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 15th USEF Half-Arabian Sire – 22nd USEF Eventing Sire – 9th Doctor Wendell MF USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 13th Donarweiss GGF USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 10th Don Principe USEF Dressage Sire – 14th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 5th USEF Hunter Breeding Sire – 16th Negro USEF Dressage Sire – 8th Olivi USEF Dressage Sire –  30th Pikko del Cerro USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 21st Popeye USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 19th Qredit USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 6th Royal Prince USEF Hunter Breeding Sire – 7th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 11th USEF Dressage Sire  – 11th Sternlicht USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 3rd It’s great to see...

USDF Year-End Awards

Hilltop News USDF Year-End Awards Return to All Hilltop News >>> Team Hilltop had an excellent show season and we’re celebrating many USDF Year-End Awards for both our own and client horses.  Wonderful job Michael, Jess, & Quinnten.  Congratulations to all the owners & breeders! Kevelaer (Wamberto-Gribaldi), owner/breeder Gavin Parfit & Isabel Barzun US-Bred 4th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Yearling Colts/Geldings) 77.95% Stetson HTF (Sternlicht-Negro), owner/breeder Hilltop Farm US-Bred 7th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Yearling Colts/Geldings) 77.25% Royal Celeste FH (Royal Classic-Diamond Hit), leased by Quinnten Alston & Jonathan Clark, bred by Eliza Rutherford US-Bred 5th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (3 Year Old Fillies) 75.55% Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince), owner/breeder Hilltop Farm US-Bred 9th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (3 Year Old Fillies Materiale) 72.00% Elizabeth’s Elan (Quite Easy-Calimero), owner/breeder Beth Gildea US-Bred CHAMPION USDF All-Breeds Holsteiner (Training Level) 68.636% David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon), owner/breeder Marydell Farm US-Bred 6th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (USEF 4 Year Olds) 7.8 Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat), owned by Mitch & Lara Mitchelson, bred by Marie Emrey US-Bred 2nd Place in USDF All-Breeds KWPN (Third Level Freestyle) 73.367% 4th Place in USDF All-Breeds KWPN (Third Level) 69.492% 8th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Third Level Musical Freestyle Challenge) 71.042% 16th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Third Level Freestyle) 73.367% Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), owned by Hilltop Farm, bred by Rachel Ehrlich US-Bred CHAMPION USDF All-Breeds Hanoverian (Third Level) 71.463% 6th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings...

Dressage At Devon

Hilltop News Dressage At Devon Return to All Hilltop News >>> All of us here at Team Hilltop enjoyed another successful year at Dressage at Devon 2016. With the help of King Santacruz, Quinnten and Michael presented a number of Hilltop-sired or client-owned horses to top placings over the course of the week. Despite the usual small bit of rainy weather, we were happy to catch up with clients, friends, and even welcome a few new faces into the Hilltop barns. Devon has consistently been a perfect setting for one of the final big shows of the year, and we extend our gratitude to show management and the volunteers for making all of it possible.  We congratulate all of our owners and clients on their successes at Devon! Breed Show Results:  Stenager’s Welina (Wilkens – Sandro Hit), Owned by Nancy Radtke Dressage at Devon Grand Champion Champion Mature Horse Champion Mare GAIG/USDFBC East Coast Final Mare Champion Winner of 4 Years Old & Older Maiden Mares Winner of Danish IBC Finery (Furstenball – Diamond Hit), Owned by Anne Howard & Bred by Otto Langemeyer Dressage at Devon Reserve Grand Champion Reserve Champion Mature Horse Champion Stallion Winner of 4 Years Old & Older Stallions  Royal Celeste FH (Royal Classic – Diamond Hit), Owned/Bred by Eliza Rutherford & Leased by Quinnten Alston & Jonathan Clark Champion Young Horse Champion Filly Winner of Three Year Old Fillies Born in the USA for Three Year Old Fillies Overall High Score of Breed Show  Diamond Quinn (Diamond Hit – Quaterback), Owned/Bred by Susan Graham White and Deborah Bly Reserve Champion Young Horse Champion Colt Winner of Yearling Colts/Geldings Born...

Dressage at Lexington

Hilltop News Dressage at Lexington Return to All Hilltop News >>> Michael Bragdell traveled down to Lexington, VA for the large Dressage at Lexington show.  Maryanna and Wendell Haymon’s young David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) was the star of the weekend winning both the Young Horse TOC class and the USEF Four-Year Old Young Horse Qualifier with scores over 8.0.  It’s only his third show, but he is such a sensible, willing young horse that he takes it all in stride.  Sternlicht also traveled to Lexington and won Sunday’s Third Level Test 3 with a 71.4%.  Thanks to all the volunteers who stayed cheery and helpful during the scorching heat! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Nov, 2005 Heroicity Died November 16th, 2005 Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers. Click to View Article Nov, 2010 Festrausch Moves to Cazenovia Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Jan, 2009 The Matchmaker – A Breeding Manager Tells How She...

Culpepper Dressage Show

Hilltop News Culpepper Dressage Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> We had a great weekend on June 18-19 at the Culpepper Dressage Show.  Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) continues to be rock solid at Third Level.  He earned a 70.6% in his Freestyle and won Third Level Test 3 with a 69.4%.  Marydell Farm’s David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) won his Four-Year Old test each day with a 77.8% and a 78.8%.  The judges’ comments were glowing about this young stallion and we look forward to the next steps in his career.  Michael’s student Beth Custalow rode her own Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) earned a 2nd and 1st place in her Fourth Level Test 3 classes.  Quinnten Alston was also busy handling for clients at the concurrent Breed Show.  We so appreciate Rosinburg Events and other show managers continuing to hold USDF Breed Shows for our young horses.  And speaking of appreciation, Michael’s fabulous groom Natalie Wolfer was awarded the Best Groom Award! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Nov, 2002 VIP February 16, 1979-November 13, 2002 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. Click to View Article Dec, 2009 Hilltop Stallions Lead USEF Rankings Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading...