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Florida Season Summary for Hilltop

sternlicht_fl2017_web800x800Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. We keep our time in Florida shorter to allow the stallions to come home for the start of breeding season. Special highlights of this winter show season included Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) earning the FEI High-Score Award at Global Dressage 3, Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) move up to the Developing Prix St. Georges with consistent top placings, Hilltop’s Sternlicht (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) earning all scores of 73-78% in his FEI 7-year old and Prix St. Georges classes, and Bvlgari’s (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) win of the Fourth Level AA class at Global 6 with owner Beth Custalow. All four of these talented horses are US-bred too!

The other horses with Michael used the training time to prepare for their moves up later in the spring.  All have left Florida early this morning and we’re anxious to get everyone safely home.  Thank you to Lady Jean Ranch for sharing your beautiful facility with us, to Brookledge Horse Vans who we trust to take us to/from Florida each year, and to all the owners who took part in this Florida experience.

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Hilltop-Purchases-Sternlicht

Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.

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Horse-Handlers

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.

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Kristi-Nunnink

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.

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Recent News

Florida Season Summary for Hilltop: Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. >>>

Negro Awarded KWPN Stallion of the Year: The 22-year old stallion Negro continues to add to his impressive resume. Already a keur stallion with the KWPN, he was just named the KWPN Stallion of the Year at ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on February 4th. >>>

New Stallion Additions for 2017: It’s the New Year and we’ve got a couple of new additions to introduce you to! New international stallions for jumper and dressage breeders alike will be joining the Hilltop Farm Stallion Line-Up for 2017. >>>

Foal Announcements

Sternlicht Foal Announcements: 03-20-17: Congratulations to Mary King Messinger of Kingston Farm in Hillsborough, NC on the arrival of one extremely cute and sweet Sternlicht filly! Born to her Hanoverian mare EM Favre on March 4th, Mary is still deciding on the perfect name for this little lady. >>>

Riverman Foal Announcements: 03-20-2017: It’s a girl for Betsy Ball of Starkville, MS! A lovely Riverman filly made her grand entrance into the world on March 8th to Betsy’s TB Mare Mission Of The Night. Betsy says that her new filly stood within ten minutes of being born and has hardly been still since. Congratulations Betsy! >>>

Don Hill Foal Announcements: 03-20-17: Sandie Dennis and Karen Fulcher of Madison, NC are so thrilled to announce the safe arrival of their new Don Hill filly! Born to their Hanoverian mare Royalander on March 6th, this beauty will be named Dritte RLF. Sandie says that Dritte is German for “third” and that is fitting because she is their third Don Hill /Roylander foal. >>>