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.
The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory).
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
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 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.