GMHA Dressage Days
Michael made the long drive up to Vermont for the weekend of July 24-26 to show at GMHA in Woodstock, VT. On Friday, he competed in his first Grand Prix with Witness Hilltop and placed second with the solid score of 66%. Working together for less than two months, Michael is thrilled with how ‘with him’ Witness stays in the ring and they are quickly connecting as a team. Qredit Hilltop also made the long trek to Vermont, winning both his Saturday Prix St. Georges and Sunday’s Developing Horse PSG class with scores of 68.9% & 67.6%. He still needs to gain strength in the canter work, but Michael’s really happy with where Qredit is in his training at this stage and how he has matured this year.
While the Hilltop Farm horses didn’t travel to Culpepper this year, Quinnten Alston still went down to handle for a number of clients. As usual, the show was well run and the volunteers were wonderful. Karen Radley’s Royal Odessa (Royal Prince-Cassini II) was 3rd in the Yearling Fillies class and won the Oldenburg IBC. Rex Roland BHF (Royal Prince-Domiro), bred/owned by Paula Byrum, was 3rd in both his Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class and the Hanoverian IBC. April Schultz’s CCS Celeborn won the Yearling Colts class and CCS Elendil was 3rd in the Two-Year Old Fillies division. It was Tawna King’s 2014 Qredit-Lord Sinclair filly that stole the show though. Quarter Sinclaire won the Foal Championship, Young Horse Championship, and was Reserve Grand Champion of all ages. Congratulations to all the owners and thank you Quinnten!
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.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.