Dressage at the Park Breed Show
There was a new breed show offered on the 4th of July weekend at the New Jersey Horse Park and we were happy to take part. While it was a smaller show, we hope it will continue to grow as we need more shows for youngsters offered in this region. Quinnten Alston was kept extremely busy handling throughout the show! We are especially proud of the efforts from the young horses coming from the farm. Beth Custalow’s 2-yr old filly Bugatti’s Ballerina (Bugatti-Rohdiamant) was 3rd in her age group with a 76.35%, was 3rd in the Filly Championship, and won the Hanoverian IBC. Nancy Musser’s yearling gelding Cheap Trick (Contucci-Wonner) won his age group and was Reserve Champion Colt/Gelding. Finally, Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) had a fantastic show winning the two-year old fillies with an 80.56%, capturing the Filly & Young Horse Championships, and finishing the day as Reserve Grand Champion.
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.
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
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.
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.