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.
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
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.