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!
Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate 15 wonderful years at Hilltop Farm! Over 350 people attended this colorful afternoon celebration on Saturday, October 28. We so appreciate the rave reviews over our main event, the music-filled presentation of our stallion line-up and their offspring. We also appreciate everyone’s time, support, and good wishes. Friends and customers traveled as far as from Chicago, Kansas, and South Carolina to celebrate with us.
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
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.
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.