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.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
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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Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
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.