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!
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
On June 25th Parabol was humanely euthanized at Hilltop Farm due to declining health and age-related complications. While our hearts our heavy with this loss, we choose to focus instead on the thirty remarkable years Parabol had...
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.
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.