Dressage at Stone Tavern II
Jess and Michael had a great show in New Jersey this past weekend with a lot of important results. Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekkant), bred/owned by Iris Aberbach, won both his FEI Test of Choice classes and was High-Score FEI on Saturday. Sternlicht (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), bred by Rachel Ehrlich and owned by Hilltop Farm, scored 71.1% to win the Developing Prix St. Georges. Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon), bred/owned by Marydell Farm, was 2nd in the USEF 4-yr Olds both days, including earning a 7.8 overall in his qualifier. Carol McPhee’s SenSation HW (Sunday-Dancier) took in his first recognized show and won the 4-yr old tests both days with great comments from the judges. It was an especially big weekend for Anne Howard’s Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit). He earned an 8.04 in his 2nd time out in the FEI 6-yr olds. This score should qualify him for the US Young Horse Championships and that will fulfill his lifetime sport requirements for both the GOV and ISR/Oldenburg! Jess and Hilltop’s homebred mare Quinzy (Qredit-Cordoba) continued their winning streak. Competing this time at Training Level, they swept all their classes with scores in the 70’s and were High-Score Training Level both days.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.