VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show

Hilltop News VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> It was a beautiful weekend in Virginia for the VADA/NOVA Fall Show.  Michael took Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach out for a warm-up before Regionals.  They won both their Intermediate I tests with a 66.9% and a 69.7%.  Jess had her plate full with 4 horses showing.  Beth Custalow’s Bugatti’s Ballerina (Bugatti-Rohdiamant) enjoyed her first undersaddle show and won her Materiale classes with scores of 72% & 76.6%.  Melanie Zentgraf’s Quite Special (Quite Easy x Emma) had a strong outing in only his 2nd horse show earning good ribbons in all his Training Level tests with scores of 63-67.5%.  Jess also used this show as warm-up for USDF Regionals with her two Qredit mares, Quinzy HTF (ds. Cordoba) and Qindle HTF (ds. Royal Prince).  Quinzy earned three firsts and a third at Training & First Levels with scores of 68.5-72.5%.  Qindle was close behind with 2 seconds at Training Level and a 1st and 3rd in her First Level tests, with her scores ranging from 69.4-72.5%.  I think we’re ready for Regionals! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Oct, 2014 Dressage at Devon Breed Show 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. Click to View Article Feb, 2011 Tiamo Trocadero (1987-2011) It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo...

By Chance Dressage I & II

Hilltop News By Chance Dressage I & II Return to All Hilltop News >>> Despite a dismal weather forecast, Jessica Fay and Natalie Wolfer headed off to another horse show this weekend.  The wonderful volunteers and management at By Chance Farm had a big job with all the rain, but did the best possible job coping with the conditions and thankfully by Sunday we were all drying out a bit.  Jess took out two of her training horses for their first horse shows. Melanie Zentgraf’s Quite Special (Quite Easy) won his Training 1 test and placed 4th in Saturday’s Training 2.  By Sunday, he had the whole show routine down and won his Training Level Test 1 with an impressive 72%.  Michelle Robert’s homebred mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss) had a fantastic day on Saturday winning the Second Level Test 3 with a score of 71.585% and followed it up with a win on Sunday with a 77.8%  What a start to her show career! Natalie rode Jess’s homebred mare Veraki (by Riverman), winning both their Third Level Test 3 Adult Amateur classes this weekend with scores of 64% & 68% and finished off Natalie’s USDF Bronze Medal! Natalie is usually behind the scenes making sure Michael and his horses look their best so we are thrilled she got to have some fun and go show this weekend! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Oct, 2013 Hilltop Farm Purchases Sternlicht GGF Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich...

Volcan de France (Quite Easy x Irlandaise II)

Quite Easy News Volcan de France (Quite Easy x Irlandaise II) View All Quite Easy News >>> Elizabeth Conyers and her own Volcan de France (Quite Easy x Irlandaise II) had a very successful showing at the Split Rock Jumping Tour in Lexington, KY last month. In a competitive 24 horse field, the pair earned a 10th place finish in the VisitLEX Medium Junior/Amateur 1.30m Jumper Final. Congratulations and best of luck with the rest of your show season! Quite Easy News VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show: It was a beautiful weekend in Virginia for the VADA/NOVA Fall Show. Michael took Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach out for a warm-up before Regionals. They won both their Intermediate I tests with a 66.9% and a 69.7%. >>> By Chance Dressage I & II: Despite a dismal weather forecast, Jessica Fay and Natalie Wolfer headed off to another horse show this weekend. The wonderful volunteers and management at By Chance Farm had a big job with all the rain, but did the best possible job coping with the conditions and thankfully by Sunday we were all drying out a bit. >>> Volcan de France (Quite Easy x Irlandaise II): Elizabeth Conyers and her own Volcan de France (Quite Easy x Irlandaise II) had a very successful showing at the Split Rock Jumping Tour in Lexington, KY last month. >>> View All Quite Easy News Hilltop Farm,...

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...

2016 WBFSH Sire Rankings

Hilltop News 2016 WBFSH Sire Rankings Return to All Hilltop News >>> The 2016 World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses annually produces rankings for Top Sires in Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. We are thrilled to share the results of some of the special stallions in our current line-up. Dressage Negro is now ranked 8th in the world thanks to offspring such as Valegro, Kastel’s Nintendo, and Alfranco (Negro’s sire, Ferro, is also ranked 12th) Olivi, our newest Guest Stallion, is ranked 60th on the list and is one of only 4 US-based stallions to appear in the Top 100 rankings  (Olivi’s sire, Jazz, is also ranked 5th) Show Jumping Quite Easy is standing 96th on the show jumping ranking list. (Quite Easy’s sire, Quidam de Revel, is also ranked 11th) Eventing Jaguar Mail now stands 4th in the world as an Eventing sire thanks to his offspring such as Pin Up De Mai, FischerTakinou, and Tresor Mail. (Jaguar’s sire, Hand In Glove xx, is also ranked 35th) Appearing on his 2nd ranking list is Quite Easy who ranks 12th thanks to offspring such as Box Cutie, Quattrino, and Easy Come Easy Go. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Sep, 2008 2008 USEF/MARKEL Young Horse Championships The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division. Click to View Article Jan, 2013 Royal Prince Honored...

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...