Dressage at Stone Tavern
On August 31st, Team Hilltop traveled to the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown to compete in the Dressage at Stone Tavern Breed Show. Beth Custalow’s lovely yearling Bugatti filly, Bugatti’s Ballerina, placed third in both her age group and her Hanoverian breed class. Not to be outdone, Beth Gildea’s two year old Quite Easy filly, Elizabeth’s Elan, received a 75.3% and a third place in her age group. Hilltop handler, Quinnten Alston, also handled several horses from other farms at the show including Paula Bryum’s two year old Royal Prince gelding Rex Roland who was Reserve Champion in both the Colt/ Gelding Championship and the Young Horse Championship and Mo Swanson’s Shabrina who won Champion Mare, Champion Mature Horse and Reserve Grand Champion. Congratulations to all!
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
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The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
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.