Foaling Season Continues at Hilltop
After a few weeks break, foalings continued at Hilltop Farm on April 23rd. Melissa Stubenberg’s Oldenburg mare Wraina (Obadiah-Sir Wimborne xx) produced a fantastic bay colt by Pikko del Cerro HU. A short-coupled and uphill build and a good amount a bone are a few of the highlights for this colt. On the afternoon of April 25th, EM Raj Mahal HTF (Royal Prince-Donnerhall) gave us her 4th foal and 3rd filly in a row! Another bay (the trend continues) with adorable markings, this filly is by the Grand Prix stallion Belissimo M. Susanne Manz’s maiden mare Portia (Prado-Sandro Hit) had an easy delivery on the night on April 26th and produced a very fancy Qredit filly who sports a blaze and 4 white stockings. This one is a looker! A few hours later in the early morning of April 27th, Chiquita HTF (Contucci-Cordoba) had her 3rd colt, this time a very good-looking dark bay by Rubinero. We expect a quiet week or two now before the group of the last 4 mares is due to foal.
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
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
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.
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.