2016 USDF Regional Championships

Hilltop News 2016 USDF Regional Championships Return to All Hilltop News >>> This year, we made the choice to travel to Saugerties, NY for the USDF Region 8 Finals.  The venue is fantastic at the HITS showgrounds and the NEDA team, as always, run a wonderful show. Jess Fay started things out in a great way with a 4th place for Beth Gildea’s Elizabeth’s Elan in their open Training Level test with a 68.6%. Enya’s Championship class was later that same day and her 65.4% put her in the middle of the standings.  We’re very happy with how well this 4-year old filly handled the big environment of the Saugerties venue. On Friday, Michael started off the morning with a Third Level class for Faberge Blue and Sternlicht. Faberge’s 69.69% put him in a strong 2nd place, just ahead of Sternlicht with a 69.09%. Next came the VERY large Prix St. Georges Championship for both Michael and Jess. Jess and her own Veraki finished in the top half of the class with a 64%. Michael rode Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach to 5th place with a 67.368%, and Qredit was Reserve Champion with a 69.9%. In Saturday’s Intermediate 1 Final, Jess rode Veraki to a strong finish of 67.5 and earned a wildcard score for Nationals. Qredit was Reserve Champion in the same division with a 73.5%. In a huge Third Level Championship (the class ran all day!), Michael finished 3rd with Sternlicht and 5th with Faberge Blue. Both horses scored over 71% and earned wildcards for Nationals. On Sunday, the freestyles wrapped up the show. Qredit finished 3rd in the...

Ne-Yo (Quite Easy x Mysterie Girl Van De Heffinck/Vazal Van T Woutland)

Quite Easy News Ne-Yo (Quite Easy x Mysterie Girl Van De Heffinck/Vazal Van T Woutland) View All Quite Easy News >>> We always look forward to owners sharing updates on their Hilltop-sired horses.  We recently received an email from Sarah Livingston, the proud owner of Quite Easy gelding Ne-Yo (Quite Easy – Vazal Van T Woutland).  Ne-Yo and Sarah have been very successful in the 3’3” Junior Hunters this season, with championships at the Camden Spring Classic and at the Aiken Charity Horse Show Week 2.  Ne-Yo has been a successful competition partner throughout his show career and has done a little bit of everything including Preliminary Level Eventing, junior equitation classes, and Hunter Derbies.  It’s great to see him continue his winning ways with another rider! 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...

Quite Easy Foal Announcements

Quite Easy News Quite Easy Foal Announcements View All Quite Easy News >>> 2016 Foals We are so pleased to congratulate Betsy Ball of Starkville, MS on the arrival of her new Quite Easy filly! Arriving to her TB mare Alymende on June 7th, Betsy says her new arrival is doing well. Congratulations! Congratulations to Ana Ahlbrom of Rushy Marsh Farm in Wellington, FL on the arrival of her new Quite Easy filly! Born to her BWP mare RMF Valentina, Ana says she is very outgoing and friendly. 2015 Foals Congratulations to Betty Beyers of Ballwin, MO on the arrival of her new Quite Easy filly that was born to her KWPN mare Zalesgirl! It’s another healthy baby for Elizabeth Callahan of Oxford, MD! A big bay colt by Quite Easy was born to her mare Avalon on May first and Elizabeth says he is lovely. Congratulations on your beautiful new foals Elizabeth! Marcelo Veras of Ocala, FL is thrilled to announce the birth of a beautiful bay filly by Quite Easy! Born to her Oldenburg mare Ruby on March 15th, Marcelo says that she is on cloud nine and could not be more excited about her new baby.  Congratulations Marcelo, she is truly lovely. 2014 Foals Congratulations to Robin and Kristy Carnovale on the arrival of their Quite Easy colt! Born to their Oldenburg mare Taragona(Rouletto - Waidglanz) on May 31st, this lovely colt is bay with a star. Robin and Kristy have decided on the name Piper. Congratulations to Denise Haymon-Loa on the arrival of her new Quite Easy filly! Born to her Oldenburg mare All That...

VADA/NOVA Spring Dressage Show

Hilltop News VADA/NOVA Spring Dressage Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> There’s nothing quite like the first show of the year! Hilltop trainer Jess Faye took two coming 4-year olds to the VADA/NOVA show at Morven Park the weekend of April 9-10. Despite snow, gusting winds up to 50 mph, and a morning temp in the 20’s, it was an excellent outing for Elizabeth’s Elan (aka Enya) and Quinzy HTF. As Jess said, “showing anywhere after this will be easy!” Quinzy (Qredit-Cordoba) showed only on Saturday and won both her Materiale class (76%) and her Training Level Test 3 (71.364%). Enya (Quite Easy-Calimero), in her first undersaddle show ever, got hit with the worst of the weather conditions but gained a lot of confidence over the weekend. Her scores at the first day of 62.5 & 64.8 earned her 3rd & 2nd place at Training Level. On Sunday, she was able to show more relaxation and less playfulness as she settled into the show routine. While she again earned a 2nd and a 3rd, her scores jumped to 69% & 72%. Enya’s breeder/owner Beth Gildea braved the weather to see Enya’s first riding show. It’s a long time from planning a breeding to seeing them out competing! 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 taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was...

Quite Easy USEF Leading Hunter Sire

Hilltop News Quite Easy USEF Leading Hunter Sire Return to All Hilltop News >>> With the beautiful type, scope, quick reactions, and correct gaits, it is no surprise that Quite Easy offspring have become a top consideration for hunter riders.  The 2015 show season proved to be an exceptional year for the Quite Easy offspring, earning Quite Easy the coveted position as the USEF Leading Hunter Sire.  While it takes the results of many offspring to earn this status, there were definitely a few offspring that shone especially brightly this year.  Susan Baker’s Q (ds. Ahorn) racked up top ribbons at major shows across the country in the Second Year Green Hunter under Peter Pletcher’s guidance and in Amateur-Owner Hunters with Susan.  In the Junior Hunters, Pamela Kahn’s Quite Ruffy (ds. Krocket) and Tyler Petrie earned numerous championships and top ribbons at the Washington International, Pennsylvania National, and The National Horse Show. Over Fences Farm’s Quite Chocolate (ds. Elmshorn) had a successful year in the High Performance Hunters under Maria Rassmussen, and once again competed at the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships.  The beautiful Quasar (ds. Calido I), owned and bred by Laura Connaway, consistently earned top ribbons in the Adult Amateur Hunters.  It’s rewarding to see both the US-bred and imported Quite Easy offspring competing with excellent success.  Thank you to all the breeders who placed great faith in this exceptional stallion over the years! 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...

USEF Leading Sire Rankings

Hilltop News USEF Leading Sire Rankings Return to All Hilltop News >>> A quick guide to pedigree, competition results, owners, breeders, and riders, the USEF Leading Sire Rankings continues to be a good resource for information on horses competing in the United States.  With numerous disciplines governed by the USEF, the ranking lists are comprised of a variety of breeds and include anywhere from 100 to 1000 stallions in the various divisions. It’s exciting to see many of our stallions earning Top-25 finishes and especially exciting to see a few earning top rankings in multiple disciplines. Dressage Sire of the Year: 6th Contucci 9th Don Principe 12th Negro 14th Royal Prince 15th Bugatti Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year: 2nd Ampere 3rd Doctor Wendell 5th Royal Prince 10th Donarweiss 12th Tied – Qredit & Bugatti 15th Contucci 17th Don Principe 18th Popeye Half-Arabian Sire of the Year: 25th Contucci Eventing Sire of the Year: 1st Riverman 13th Royal Prince 14th Contucci Hunter Sire of the Year: 1st Quite Easy 4th Riverman Hunter Breeding Sire of the Year: 5th Royal Prince Jumper Sire of the Year: 6th Quite Easy Pony Hunter Breeding Sire of the Year” 8th Popeye Most importantly, thank you to the owners who are out competing with their offspring and earning points towards each sire’s ranking. We’ve enjoyed the show results, updates, and photos many of you have shared with us throughout the season.  Best wishes for an equally successful 2016 show season! Stallion News History in the Making Jan, 2015 Royal Prince (1999 – 2015) It is with a broken heart that we share the news...