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!
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 of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
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
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.
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, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.