Dressage at Stone Tavern
The Stone Tavern Dressage Show & Breed Show filled up the Labor Day weekend for Team Hilltop. Jessica Fay showed Beth Gildea’s 4-year old Holsteiner mare Elizabeth’s Elan (Quite Easy-Calimero) to wins in Training Level Test 3 & First Level Test 1 with scores over 70% and was High-Score at both levels on Saturday. Enya was a little tired by Sunday’s First Level test, but still placed 2nd with a 66% and was Reserve High-Score First Level for Sunday. On her first official undersaddle show outing, the three-year old Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) placed 2nd in her Materiale class on Sunday. Jess also generously shared her mare Veraki (by Riverman) with Natalie Wolfer to show at Second Level. Natalie and Veraki won their class with a 67% and were Reserve High-Score at Second Level on Saturday. Sunday’s ride earned them a 63.97% and 3rd Place. Natalie is normally busy grooming for Michael at the shows, so it was a lot of fun to see her actually getting to enjoy riding at the show!
Quinnten Alston was busy at the Breed Show on Sunday. Karen Schumaker’s Doc Marten SPF (Doctor Wendell MF-Liberty Gold) started things off well with a 2nd in the Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class. Stetson HTF (Sternlicht-Negro) won his Yearling Colts/Geldings class and was named the Colt Champion. Quinnten’s leasing a special mare this season – Royal Celeste (Royal Classic-Diamond Hit), bred and owned by Eliza Rutherford, and Celeste had an excellent day for him winning the Three-Year Old Fillies Class, was Reserve Champion Filly, stepped up to win the Young Horse Championship, and finished as the Reserve Grand Champion. In the Hanoverian IBC Celeste, Stetson, and Doc Marten finished 1-2-3. Congratulations!
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
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.
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.
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.