Dressage at Heavenly Waters
Jessica Fay, Hilltop’s Assistant Trainer, took two mares down to the Dressage at Heavenly Waters Show over Memorial Day weekend. Beth Gildea’s adorable mare Elizabeth’s Elan placed 3rd in both her Training Level Test 3 classes and was the High-Score Holsteiner on Saturday. This 4-year old continues to gain confidence in each show and she seems to love all the activity at the shows. Jess also competed her homebred mare Veraki. Despite a couple of mistakes, they were 2nd in the Prix St. Georges with a 66.9% and on Sunday they won their debut at Intermediaire I with a solid, fluid test. Their score of 69.7% also earned them the FEI High-Score for the day.
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.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.
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.