Hilltop News

ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Breed Show

ESDCTA added in two new Breed Shows over Memorial Day weekend and we were thrilled to take some of the youngsters up to the New Jersey Horse Park for the first breed show of the season.  Quinnten Alston had a full plate each day handling not only the horses from Hilltop, but the vast majority of the horses in the breed show!  These first outings for the youngsters can be exciting, but we were very happy with how each of our youngsters behaved and settled into the show environment over the weekend.  Michelle Ryan’s Coach (Contucci-Benetton Dream) placed 4th & 2nd in the Yearling Colts classes, 5th in Saturday’s Hanoverian class for all ages, and 3rd in Sunday’s Colt Championship.  Michelle Reilly’s Quartet GSH (Qredit-Arrian) won her Yearling Fillies classes, was 3rd in Saturday’s Hanoverian class, and was 3rd in the Filly Championships on both days.  Karen Schumaker’s Doc Marten SPF (Doctor Wendell MF-Liberty Gold) was 1st & 4th in the Yearling Colts classes, 4th in Saturday’s Hanoverian IBC, and 3rd in Saturday’s Colt Championship.  The Hilltop-bred/owned filly Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) was 2nd in her Two-Year Old Filly classes, 2nd in Saturday’s Hanoverian class, and was Reserve Champion Filly on Sunday.  Finally, Jessica Fay rode Hilltop’s Cha Ching HTF (Contucci-Cordoba) in his second show weekend and won all four of their Materiale and Suitability classes.

Stallion News

History in the Making


It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm.

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Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop.

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Recent News

Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul): We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT. Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! >>>

USDF 2017 Year-End Awards: Congratulations to Michael Bragdell on an outstanding year. >>>

Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced: The North American Stallion Sport Test, LLC has released the schedule of events for both the East Coast and West Coast stallion tests in Oct/Nov 2017. All listed events are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>