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!
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
At the Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Convention, January 11, 2002, Jane MacElree was honored with the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup for her contribution to the sporthorse industry. Jane was elected as the one of two recipients for this year’s award and is the first warmblood sporthorse breeder to be given this honor.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.