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!
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
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.
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.