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’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.