First Foal of the Season at Hilltop Farm
While our breeders have been sharing the most wonderful photos of their new foals, we feel like we’ve been waiting forever for the first foal of the season to be born at Hilltop. Finally, on Monday night we welcomed a handsome colt by Qredit and out of our treasured Grand Prix mare Uforia (Negro – Fruhling). We’ve been waiting a longtime for Uforia’s first foal and we couldn’t be more excited! A number of mares are looking to foal soon, so we’ll look forward to many additional announcements in the coming weeks.
The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
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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.
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.