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!
Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.