Dressage at Stone Tavern

Hilltop News Dressage at Stone Tavern Return to All Hilltop News >>> The Stone Tavern Dressage Show & Breed Show filled up the Labor Day weekend for Team Hilltop. Jessica Fay showed Beth Gildea’s 4-year old Holsteiner mare Elizabeth’s Elan (Quite Easy-Calimero) to wins in Training Level Test 3 & First Level Test 1 with scores over 70% and was High-Score at both levels on Saturday. Enya was a little tired by Sunday’s First Level test, but still placed 2nd with a 66% and was Reserve High-Score First Level for Sunday. On her first official undersaddle show outing, the three-year old Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) placed 2nd in her Materiale class on Sunday. Jess also generously shared her mare Veraki (by Riverman) with Natalie Wolfer to show at Second Level. Natalie and Veraki won their class with a 67% and were Reserve High-Score at Second Level on Saturday. Sunday’s ride earned them a 63.97% and 3rd Place. Natalie is normally busy grooming for Michael at the shows, so it was a lot of fun to see her actually getting to enjoy riding at the show! Quinnten Alston was busy at the Breed Show on Sunday. Karen Schumaker’s Doc Marten SPF (Doctor Wendell MF-Liberty Gold) started things off well with a 2nd in the Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class. Stetson HTF (Sternlicht-Negro) won his Yearling Colts/Geldings class and was named the Colt Champion. Quinnten’s leasing a special mare this season – Royal Celeste (Royal Classic-Diamond Hit), bred and owned by Eliza Rutherford, and Celeste had an excellent day for him winning the Three-Year Old Fillies Class, was Reserve Champion Filly, stepped...

2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships

Hilltop News 2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships Return to All Hilltop News >>> Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year and we’ll start off with the youngster. David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) is bred and owned by Marydell Farm. His walk was the highlight and earned an 8.5 and 9 from the judges! Davey finished in 10th place overall at the USEF Four-Year Old National Championships. Michael agreed with the judges comments that a growth stage made the balance a little less consistent than it was earlier in the season, but the purity of his gaits and work ethic remain 100% solid and he’s looking forward to continuing his development. Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), owned by Hilltop Farm, had a very good showing in the Six-Year Old Preliminary class Friday morning. His overall score of 7.98 put him in a strong position going into Sunday’s Final. In the Finals, Michael was able to ask Sternlicht for more power and the connection was steadier than in the Preliminary round. The handsome pair finished in 3rd place overall with an 8.028 in the USEF Six-Year Old National Championships. Sternlicht’s breeder, Rachel Ehrlich, deserves a special mention as he was also the Top-Scoring US-Bred horse. Thank you to Michael’s sponsors, Purina Horse Feed, Hulsebos Saddles, and Cavallo who kept Michael and Sternlicht looking and feeling their best. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jun, 2013 Parabol January 10, 1983 – June 25, 2013 On June 25th Parabol was...

Sternlicht Foal Announcements

Sternlicht GGF News Sternlicht Foal Announcements View All Sternlicht News >>> 2016 Foals Congratulations to Donna Wayson of Hopewell Farm in Owings, MD on the arrival of her new Sternlicht colt! Starry Night was born on April 16th to her DWB/TB mare Sara and Donna says he is gorgeous, super sweet and loves people. Congratulations to Megan Sibiga of Lebanon, OR on the arrival of her new Sternlicht filly! Born to her KWPN mare Unforgettable on May 13th, Megan says her new filly is beautiful and she is so excited about this cross. Congratulations to Irena Coz or Ramona, CA on the arrival of her new Sternlicht colt! Superman arrived on June 19th to her Oldenburg mare Grand Bella Nina and Irena says she could not be more pleased with him. It was a busy few days for Irena Coz of Ramona, CA as she welcomed another Sternlicht foal to her farm! Schoneslicht arrived on June 18th to her Oldenburg mare Cascade, a beautiful bay filly and Irena says she is so pleased with her new foals. Congratulations on your beautiful new babies Irena! Congratulations to Amanda Caputo of Warrenton, VA on the arrival of her new Sternlicht filly! Born to her Oldenburg mare Well To Do on June 16th, Amanda says she is a leggy, refined lady. Welcome little girl! Bill and Charlotte Roseburg of Rocking WR Farm in Moses Lake, WA have proudly announced the arrival of a gorgeous new Sternlicht filly! Born to their Hanoverian mare EM Ramona, this new arrival is quite the cutie! Congratulations to Kathy Jackson of Federalsburg, MD on the arrival of...

Sternlicht & Doctor Wendell Qualify for US Championships

Hilltop News Sternlicht & Doctor Wendell Qualify for US Championships Return to All Hilltop News >>> The US Young Horse/Developing Horse Championships will again be held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL at the end of August. Sternlicht will be contesting the FEI Six-Year Old classes with Michael Bragdell and Doctor Wendell MF will be competing in the Developing Grand Prix with Jim Koford. Additionally, Michael will be showing David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) in the USEF Four-Year Old division. The Young Horse Championships have become a very important showcase for some of the best of US breeding and we’re very excited to be making this journey again. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Apr, 2006 Contucci & Hilltop Farm Lead USEF Rankings The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport. Click to View Article Feb, 2009 Royal Prince is Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US. 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...

ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection

Hilltop News ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection Return to All Hilltop News >>> Our annual ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection was held August 12-13th and we saw a large, diverse group of good quality horses over the two days. Five stallions were licensed: Chester (Cunningham-Padinus), Heroic Times (Goodtimes-Michellino), Stormy River DZ (San Amour-Weltmeyer), Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit), and Rubinero (Rubinstein-Ex Libris).  Having already fulfilled their performance requirements, Stormy River DZ & Rubinero have achieved their Lifetime Approval.  The other three stallions received a Certified Breeding License which is good for two years while they complete their performance requirements. Five mares participated in the Mare Performance Test with Beaucoup d’Amis (Bugatti-Contucci), bred by Janice Barnes and owned by Trisha DeRosa being the high-scoring mpt with an overall 74.7. Seven mares were presented for Studbook inspection on Day 1. Premium Mares were Beaucoup D’Amis and Remarkable (Redwine-Evening Kris xx). Day 2 of the inspection was filled with mares and foals.  An additional 11 mares were presented with Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) earning the only Premium Mare Award for the day.  Twenty-two foals, including 4 ponies, were then presented.  Premium Awards were given to Jin (Jazz-Good As Gold) bred by Lauren Efford/Goldhope Farm, Harley’s Davidson (Woodbury’s Harlequin-Colwyn Llewelyn) bred by Arlette Johnson, Forrest Fern (Forrest Flame-Merrie Moscan) bred by Lesley Feakins, Sambuca (Sternlicht-Pointmaker) bred by Kathy LaCroix, Quiet Riot (Quaterback-Cor Noir) bred by Horse Power Inc, Perfect Storm (Cunningham-Popeye K) bred by Maple Run Farm, Alemana (Aloha-Sky Classic) bred by Beth Lawrence, and Galway (Grafenstolz-Riverman) bred by Elizabeth Callahan.  Top colt was Alemana and Top Filly was Forrest Fern.  Congratulations to all! Thank you to the Hilltop staff, all...

AHS/ARS Inspection

Hilltop News AHS/ARS Inspection Return to All Hilltop News >>> We were happy to welcome back the judges from the American Hanoverian Society/American Rhineland Studbook on July 23-24.  It was two oppressively hot days, but the judges and horses held up well! Five stallions were presented and two were granted Lifetime Approval. Congratulations to: Fie Andersen and Rocazino (Rosentanz-Silvio I-Feiner Stern) who has already fulfilled his sport requirements in dressage and to Kenneth & Selma Garber and Vallado/Praise (Now or Never-Saros xx-Important) who is the first stallion to have fulfilled his sport requirements in the hunter ring. Two new, exciting options for Hanoverian & Rhineland breeders here in the US. Thank you to all the stallion owners who presented at this licensing. Two mares were inspected for breeding: Paula Byrum’s Oldenburg mare Saint Isabelle BHF (Sir James-Renaissance) who scored an overall 7.3 and Hilltop’s Hanoverian mare Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) who scored an overall 7. The two mares also completed the Mare Performance Test and Qindle was the High-Score for the MPT with an overall 7.16. She is now a Premium Mare Candidate. The Yearling/Two-Year Old Futurity was well attended. Champions for each division included: Two-Year Old Filly was Beretta LJS (Bugatti-Ferro), Yearling Filly Starlet (Sternlicht GGF-Festrausch), Two-Year Old Colt Rendezvous ESH (Rubignon-Weltmeyer), and Yearling Gelding Diamond Quinn (Diamond Hit-Quaterback). One the second day, two non-Hanoverian mares were presented and Lisa Saabye’s Ebella (Ehrentusch-Over The River xx) was accepted into the Main Studbook with an overall 7.0. High-score non-Hanoverian mare was Paula Byrum’s mare Saint Isabelle BHF who was presented the prior day. An additional 5 Hanoverian mares were also...