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!
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
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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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.