Dressage at the Meadow Sport Horse Show
We had a really super start to the 2016 Breed Show Season this week at Dressage at the Meadow in Doswell, VA. Hilltop Farm’s own Stetson HTF (Sternlicht – Negro) won his Yearling Colts Class and then went on to be named Champion Colt, Champion Young Horse, and overall Reserve Grand Champion. Stetson delighted with his beautiful type and strong presentation. Margaretta Frederick’s Coeur De Lion (Coeur d’ Amour – Fit to Fight xx) had a great first outing, winning the Two Year Colts and Gelding Class and taking the Reserve Champion Colt title. Calliope HTF (Contucci – Royal Prince), bred by Hilltop and owned by Beth Custalow, showed beautifully in her Yearling Fillies class, placing 2nd and ending up Reserve Champion Filly. We were excited to have Michelle Roberts on hand to watch her own Ishin Maru (Kaareltje – Donnerhall) in her first show! Michelle’s “Golden Girl” drew quite a few admirers and placed 2nd in her Three Year Old Fillies class. In the Hanoverian IBC, Stetson and Calliope placed 1st and 2nd respectively.
Despite the rainy weather, we couldn’t have been happier with how these young horses handled their first outing of the year. A huge thank you to the Dressage at the Meadow organizers and volunteers for a well-run, exciting start to the season!
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category).
Hilltop Farm, Inc., unveils new 1,000+ page website. With our growing online audience and the ever-changing advancements in technology, we partnered with the team of innovators and online engineers at www.EqGraphics.com to bring you what is likely, the most comprehensive stallion website in the industry.
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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.
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.