Hilltop Farm Named 2013 USDF Breeder of the Year
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
The Breeder of the Year award winner is determined on a point system, with each horse ranked in the USDF Horse of the Year, FEI, and/or USEF Young Horse Year-End awards contributing points to their breeder’s ranking. A maximum of five horses’ scores will be used in tallying each breeder’s points. The horses that contributed to Hilltop Farm earning this award were: Boccaccio IOF (Bugatti-Rubinstein), Bellatesse HTF (Bugatti-Cordoba), Con Dia (Contucci-Cor Noir), Pacino (Parabol -Cor Noir), Firenzi (Festrausch-Riverman).
Boccaccio, now owned by Marchella Richardson, had a fantastic year finishing as Second Level Horse of the Year and earning the First Level Championship and Second Level Reserve Championship at the USDF National Championships. Bellatesse, owned by Kris Schuler, finished the season as Reserve Champion Materiale Horse of the Year 4&5-YR Old Mares. Now owned by Stephanie McNutt, Con Dia earned an ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Award for Fourth Level Adult Amateur and Open Fourth Level; in addition to a Reserve Championship in Fourth Level Adult Amateur at the Region 1 Championships. Firenzi and owner Larry Harrison had a great year together competing at First Level. Last but not least, Cecelia Stewart’s Pacino, under Chris Hickey’s ride, finished the year as ISR/Oldenburg All-Breeds Awards Champion at Grand Prix.
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.
Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) offspring typically share their sire’s stamp of refined, modern type, a correct foundation, and quality movement and those attributes are well-rewarded in the breed show ring. We are excited to share the news that Royal Prince has won the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for the FIFTH consecutive year...
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
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.