Cyrus (Contucci-Cor Noir) and Ribot (Reno-Cor Noir)
We received a wonderful update from Carla Bahr of Ontario earlier this week. Carla owns Cyrus (Contucci x Corthena/Cor Noir) and Ribot (Reno x Corthena/Cor Noir), both bred by Hilltop Farm. We’ve enjoyed following both Cyrus and Ribot throughout their successful careers in the dressage ring. Carla shared:
“Ribot had a very successful weekend at CornerStone Farms Gold Dressage Show at Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, Ontario. Ridden by Tom Dvorak, Ribot was 3rd in the Prix St Georges (69.145%) and in the Intermediare 1 (70.526%). Meanwhile Ribot’s half-brother Cyrus (by Contucci), also ridden by Tom Dvorak, was 1st (72.895%) and 2nd (70.789%) in the same classes.”
Carla also shared a milestone achievement Cyrus recently reached; Cyrus competed in his first CDI this spring! Cyrus started off his FEI career on a high note, Carla noted:
“Cyrus competed in his first CDI at the Ottawa Dressage Festival in May, placing 3rd in both the Prix St Georges (70.570%) and the Intermediare 1 (69.167%).”
Congratulations to owner Carla Bahr and rider Tom Tvorak on the exceptional success of both Cyrus and Ribot this 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.
The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.