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.
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.
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
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.
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.