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!
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
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.
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.