Dressage at Lexington Breed Show
The Lexington Breed Show was a fun outing for Team Hilltop. Our handler, Quinnten Alston, took two youngsters from the farm down for the show. Both Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) and Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba) placed 2nd in their respective age divisions. Quinzy was 3rd in the Filly Championship and Relevè was 5th in the AHS IBC. Quinnten also handled Karen Radley’s Royal Odessa (Royal Prince-Chardonnay) to 3rd in the Yearling Fillies and Tawna King’s Quarter Sinclaire (Qredit-Lord Sinclair) to 2nd in the Fillies of 2014, Reserve Champion in the Foal Championship, and 3rd in the AHS IBC. Quinnten also handled Marne Martin-Tucker’s Dante Coeur to a win in the 3-year Old Colts/Geldings.
Additional offspring by Hilltop stallions had a fantastic show. What a thrill to hear 4 of the 6 fillies in the Filly Championship were by one of our stallions! Congratulations to owner Trisha DeRosa and breeder Janice Barnes on Beaucoup d’Amis (Bugatti-Contucci) being named Filly champion, Reserve Champion Young Horse, and ISR/Oldenburg class winner! Wow! Her half-sister Rohsalina (Royal Prince-Contucci) also won mares under saddle. Danae MF by Doctor Wendell MF out of EM Rising Star MF won her Fillies of 2014 class with an 81.4% and combined with Dulcinea VT placed second in the Get of Sire class. Dinah Shore MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) won the 3 Year Old Fillies Class and took Reserve Champion in the Filly Championship. The Hilltop-bred mare Concertina (Contucci-Cor Noir) finished 2nd in the 4 & Older Broodmares class for owner Renee Hall. Barbara Nelson’s Popportunity SFF (Popeye – Native Regent) won the Yearling Colts & Geldings class while Angie Mirarchi’s Phenix (Popeye x Clanfair Mary K) was third in the Two-Year old class with a 79.1%. Chris Roseberry on Rose CCF’s wins in the Suitable to Become a Dressage Horse and the 4-5yr Mare Materiale. Rose is by Royal Prince and out of an Enrico Caruso-Schonfeld mare. What a great day!
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
Riverman (Redfort – Landego) has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion line up for many years. Though is career focus was in the dressage arena, we see Riverman offspring excelling in the upper levels of almost every sport including dressage, eventing, combined driving, and most recently Riverman offspring are shining in show jumping...
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