ESDCTA Memorial Day Breed Shows
Quinnten Alston took two yearling colts to Allentown, NJ for the ESDCTA Breed Shows on May 28-29th . Santana Hilltop (Sternlicht-Anhaltiner) won Saturday’s Yearling Colts, was Reserve Colt Champion on Saturday, and placed 2nd in Sunday’s Yearling Colts. Gavin Parfit & Isabel Barzun’s colt Kevelaer was 2nd in Saturday’s Yearling Colts class, but then went on to win the Colt Championship and was Reserve Champion Young Horse. On Sunday, Kevelaer continued to shine with a win in the Yearling Colts class and the Colts/Geldings Championship. He then continued on to Reserve Champion Young Horse and Reserve Grand Champion. Quite a start for his show career!
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.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
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.