Dressage at Stone Tavern
Hilltop trainer Jess Fay had a great weekend in NJ at the Stone Tavern Shows. With Hilltop’s Cha Ching HTF (Contucci-Cordoba), Jess won her Training Level tests with scores of 76.7 & 76.8% and was High-Score Training Level for the first show. On Sunday, Cha Ching received an 82% in his Materiale class as well. On Jess’s own mare Veraki (Riverman-Little Missouri xx), Jess won their two Prix St. Georges tests with scores of 66.7% and 63.5% and were Reserve FEI High-Score. We’re so proud of Jess – this is a mare she bred and has done all the training on. Now that’s an accomplishment – Way to go!
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.