Dressage at Dunmovin’

Hilltop News Dressage at Dunmovin’ Return to All Hilltop News >>> Our show season continued on April 26th with a mid-week show in West Chester, PA.  Jessica Fay took our 5-year old homebred mare Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba). In Quinzy’s first outing for the year, they won both their First Level tests with scores of 69.5% and 70.9% and were High-Score First Level. Well done! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Dec, 2009 Hilltop Stallions Lead USEF Rankings Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category). Click to View Article Nov, 2011 Hilltop’s 20th Anniversary Celebration It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Oct, 2008 Domestically-bred Hanoverians Triumph in the 2008 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships in Lexington, Kentucky In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships...

VADA/NOVA Spring Show

Hilltop News VADA/NOVA Spring Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> April 8th-9th saw the first of our dressage shows for the Hilltop Team up north. Morven Park is always a favorite destination for us and was a perfect outing for Sternlicht and Qredit to make a move up. Sternlicht used Saturday’s FEI Test of Choice class for another of his required Prix St. Georges scores. With an overall 74.6% he easily achieved that needed result. On Sunday, Sternlicht did his first Developing Prix St. Georges test (a bit of a misnomer in naming as we feel its more demanding than the regular PSG!) and won the class with a 68.75%. This leaves only one more PSG score needed for him to finalize his Performance requirements for lifetime approval! Qredit schooled well Saturday and on Sunday made the big jump up to the Developing Grand Prix. Michael was very happy with his clean test – it was a conservative ride for their first time out at this level, but Q showed us he is ready for the added degree of difficulty.  Michael’s had Qredit since he showed him in-hand as a yearling and was the first one to ever sit on him. To watch them go from that point to the Grand Prix is a fantastic feeling for all us!  Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2013 Riverman is the Top-Ranking, US-based Show Jumping Sire Riverman (Redfort – Landego) has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion line up for many years. Though is career focus was in the dressage arena, we see Riverman offspring excelling in the upper...

Foaling Season Begins at Hilltop Farm

Hilltop News Foaling Season Begins at Hilltop Farm Return to All Hilltop News >>> The last couple of weeks have brought the welcome beginning to the Foaling Season here at Hilltop Farm. With 14 mares due to foal out here, it’s going to be a busy one!  Judith Irwin’s jumper mare Chellana-G Z (Chellano Z-Atlantus Z) started things out smoothly with an easy delivery of a strong, good-looking bay colt by Talisman. Next up was another Talisman foal. This one a very feminine, bay filly out of Arlette Johnson’s Olivia K (Popeye K-Her Majesty’s Bid xx) born on March 22nd.  Tallulah T, or Lulu, is proving to have the most outgoing and friendly nature and is a definite keeper filly as a 3rd generation foal for her breeder. March 31st saw the arrival of Ebella R’s (Ehrentusch-Over the River xx) first foal.  Another bay (are we sensing a theme starting…) filly with an exquisite head and sweet nature, this one is sired by Sternlicht for breeder Lisa Saabye.  Ebella was our first maiden of the year and is settling well into motherhood and is very enamored with her filly. We then had a short break until the night of April 4th when not 1, not 2, but 3 foals were born! Just before 9pm, Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) produced her first foal – a beautiful filly by Qredit. And yes, it was bay! Just about an hour later, Ishin Maru (Kaareltje-Donnerhall) decided to follow Relevè’s lead and had her first foal – a good-looking colt by Herzensdieb. This one is not bay – he’s buckskin! Our Broodmare Manager Melissa...

Florida Season Summary for Hilltop

Hilltop News Florida Season Summary for Hilltop Return to All Hilltop News >>> Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. We keep our time in Florida shorter to allow the stallions to come home for the start of breeding season. Special highlights of this winter show season included Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) earning the FEI High-Score Award at Global Dressage 3, Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) move up to the Developing Prix St. Georges with consistent top placings, Hilltop’s Sternlicht (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) earning all scores of 73-78% in his FEI 7-year old and Prix St. Georges classes, and Bvlgari’s (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) win of the Fourth Level AA class at Global 6 with owner Beth Custalow. All four of these talented horses are US-bred too! The other horses with Michael used the training time to prepare for their moves up later in the spring.  All have left Florida early this morning and we’re anxious to get everyone safely home.  Thank you to Lady Jean Ranch for sharing your beautiful facility with us, to Brookledge Horse Vans who we trust to take us to/from Florida each year, and to all the owners who took part in this Florida experience. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2015 Royal Prince (1999 – 2015) It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately...

Negro Awarded KWPN Stallion of the Year

Hilltop News Negro Awarded KWPN Stallion of the Year Return to All Hilltop News >>> The 22-year old stallion Negro continues to add to his impressive resume.  Already a keur stallion with the KWPN, he was just named the KWPN Stallion of the Year at ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on February 4th.   A gala presentation with several Negro offspring was held, with the highlight of course being the presentation of the Olympic and World Champion Valegro.  Negro was bred by Mr. Borgers and is owned by Van Olst Horses. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Oct, 1999 Cabaret 1980-1999 Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus. Click to View Article Nov, 2003 Cor Noir May 17, 1987 – November 3, 2003 With great sadness, we must announce that our beautiful Holsteiner stallion Cor Noir was put down November 3, 2003 for humane reasons. Cor Noir gave tremendous quality to our Hilltop Farm breeding program, producing our top broodmares and the foundation for so much of our success today. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Jan, 2010 Horse Handlers: Life In The Fast Lane 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,...

New Stallion Additions for 2017

Hilltop News New Stallion Additions for 2017 Return to All Hilltop News >>> It’s the New Year and we’ve got a couple of new additions to introduce you to! New international stallions for jumper and dressage breeders alike will be joining the Hilltop Farm Stallion Line-Up for 2017. Breeders looking for a jumping pedigree won’t be disappointed with the two new additions from Haras de Brullemail, Baloubar Mail (Baloubet du Rouet-Alligator Fontaine) and Catchar Mail (Diamant de Semilly – Calvaro Z). Both stallions received an overwhelming response from European breeders in their first seasons and we are excited to now offer them in North America.  For the dressage breeder, the newly approved Everdale son Inclusive (Everdale-Uptown) should be of particular interest.  This promising young stallion was named Co-Champion of the 2016 KWPN Autumn Stallion Performance Test, earning praise for his three very good basic gaits, rideability and self-carriage.   We’re looking forward to seeing the influence of these young stallions in the coming years! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Nov, 2006 Hilltop Farm’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate 15 wonderful years at Hilltop Farm! Over 350 people attended this colorful afternoon celebration on Saturday, October 28. We so appreciate the rave reviews over our main event, the music-filled presentation of our stallion line-up and their offspring. We also appreciate everyone’s time, support, and good wishes. Friends and customers traveled as far as from Chicago, Kansas, and South Carolina to celebrate with us. Click to View Article Apr, 2006 Contucci & Hilltop Farm Lead USEF Rankings The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop...