ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows
Team 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!
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
What a way to end the year! The 2012 North American Stallion Test just finished this weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the results for Qredit when he finished as the Dressage Champion & Overall Champion at the the 2012 70-Day North American Stallion Test!
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.