Foaling Season Begins at Hilltop Farm
The last couple of weeks have brought the welcome beginning to the Foaling Season here at Hilltop Farm. With 14 mares due to foal out here, it’s going to be a busy one! Judith Irwin’s jumper mare Chellana-G Z (Chellano Z-Atlantus Z) started things out smoothly with an easy delivery of a strong, good-looking bay colt by Talisman. Next up was another Talisman foal. This one a very feminine, bay filly out of Arlette Johnson’s Olivia K (Popeye K-Her Majesty’s Bid xx) born on March 22nd. Tallulah T, or Lulu, is proving to have the most outgoing and friendly nature and is a definite keeper filly as a 3rd generation foal for her breeder. March 31st saw the arrival of Ebella R’s (Ehrentusch-Over the River xx) first foal. Another bay (are we sensing a theme starting…) filly with an exquisite head and sweet nature, this one is sired by Sternlicht for breeder Lisa Saabye. Ebella was our first maiden of the year and is settling well into motherhood and is very enamored with her filly.
We then had a short break until the night of April 4th when not 1, not 2, but 3 foals were born! Just before 9pm, Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) produced her first foal – a beautiful filly by Qredit. And yes, it was bay! Just about an hour later, Ishin Maru (Kaareltje-Donnerhall) decided to follow Relevè’s lead and had her first foal – a good-looking colt by Herzensdieb. This one is not bay – he’s buckskin! Our Broodmare Manager Melissa Burke barely had time to catch her breathe before another maiden decided tonight was the night to foal. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) gave us a tall, very well-conformed chestnut colt by Don Principe. Well done Melissa on a very busy night!
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses.
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