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ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows

dsc_0701crop_web800x800Team Hilltop had a super time at the ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows at the New Jersey Horse Park.  It’s apparent they’ve put a lot of work into managing the footing from previous years and the volunteers are wonderful. In the Breed Show, the yearling fillies Colette HTF (Contucci-Royal Prince) and Shiraz HTF (Sternlicht-Negro) couldn’t have been better behaved for their first show. Colette won the Yearling Fillies class, was Reserve Champion Filly, Reserve Champion Young Horse, and was 2nd in the AHS class on Day 1 and 3rd in the Yearling Fillies class on Day 2. Shiraz, owned by Patricia Hovington, was 2nd in the Yearling Fillies and 3rd in the Filly Championship on both days and won the AHS class on Saturday.

Continuing with our homebreds, Jess Fay had a great outing with the Qredit mares Quinzy HTF (ds. Cordoba) and Qindle HTF (ds. Royal Prince). Qindle placed 5th in her Training Level 2 class with a 65% on Saturday and was 1st & 2nd in her Training 2 & 3 classes with scores of 67% on Sunday. Quinzy had a big weekend, winning all four of her First Level Tests and being High-Score of the show on both Saturday & Sunday with scores of 75% & 77.5%

Michael Bragdell took three stallions up for their USEF Qualifiers. Qredit did his first Intermediate II Test and laid down a really solid ride that earned an impressive 72% on Saturday.  He then placed 2nd in his Developing Grand Prix test on Sunday with a score of 69.8%. Sternlicht started his show by winning his Prix St. Georges class with a 70.658% and also won his Sunday Developing Prix St. Georges test with a score of 71.9%.  Finery made his debut in the FEI 6-Year Olds a winning one with an overall score of 8.0 and high-praise from the judges for his obvious talent.  We’re very excited to be continuing his development this year. Well done everyone!

Stallion News

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Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.

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For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.

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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.

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Recent News

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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. >>>

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