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Hemmingway & Qredit on Top at the USEF National Championships

Hemmingway-NationalsThe Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory). These two US-bred stallions put in solid performances in the warm-up class, but really stepped up in the Four-Year Old Championship class with some of their best tests to-date and they finished being named Champion and Reserve Champion for the USEF Four-Year Old division. Hemmingway, owned by Rock Solid Warmbloods, bred by Angela Barilar, and ridden by Michael Bragdell, earned an overall score of 8.26 and high praise from the judges including "you make us forget we are watching a 4-year old".

Qredit, owned by Hilltop Farm, bred by Judy Yancey, and ridden by Christopher Hickey, gave Hemmingway and Michael a run for their money finishing closely behind them with an overall score of 8.22. To develop both of these horses from youngsters to the National Championships is a wonderful feeling and just the start of their success as both performance horses and breeding stallions.

Also in the 4-Year Old Championship, Dilona (Lord Leatherdale - Kennedy) and Anna Marek took third place with an excellent score of 8.2. Dilona's sire Lord Leatherdale joined Hilltop Farm's International Stallion program in 2011 and we are very excited to see some of his older offspring now competing in the United States. In the 5-Year Old Championship Boccaccio IOF (Bugatti - Rubinstein I) finished in 5th place. Boccaccio is owned by Marchella Richardson and was bred by Hilltop Farm and started by Michael Bragdell. Calimar (Contucci - Martini), another US-bred representative, earned an 8th place finish in the Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship. It is especially rewarding to see Calimar, owned and ridden by Claire Darnell, succeeding at this level. Claire started Calimar as a junior rider and has brought him successfully up the ranks, including competing in the USEF Intermediaire I Championships last year.

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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.

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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.

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