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.
What a way to end the year! The 2012 North American Stallion Test just finished this weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the results for Qredit when he finished as the Dressage Champion & Overall Champion at the the 2012 70-Day North American Stallion Test!
At the Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Convention, January 11, 2002, Jane MacElree was honored with the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup for her contribution to the sporthorse industry. Jane was elected as the one of two recipients for this year’s award and is the first warmblood sporthorse breeder to be given this honor.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
With great sadness, we must announce that our beautiful Holsteiner stallion Cor Noir was put down November 3, 2003 for humane reasons. Cor Noir gave tremendous quality to our Hilltop Farm breeding program, producing our top broodmares and the foundation for so much of our success today.
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.
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.
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.