Hilltop Farm Purchases Sternlicht GGF
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society. Rachel was also the breeder of Donarweiss GGF. "It was important to us to find another top US-bred prospect for us to develop," says Jane MacElree. "Sternlicht has all the qualities we were looking for as a breeding stallion and a future competition horse."
Sternlicht has already had great success in-hand. In 2011 he won his Yearling Colts class at Dressage at Devon with a score of 85%. He earned multiple Championships as a two-year old and Reserve Champion for USDF Horse of the Year honors and Champion for All-Breeds awards with a median score over 82%.
Sternlicht is by the popular young stallion Soliman de Hus (Sandro Hit-Donnerhall). Soliman de Hus was winner of his 30-day test and is currently winning at Prix St. Georges. Sternlicht is out of the Elite mare Rhapsody GGF, by Rascalino. She is an eighth generation Elite/SPS Mare and her dam is a full sister to the Champion mare SPS Wisconsin.
“We've been closely watching Sternlicht's development since he was a weanling and he has never failed to impress us,” says Natalie DiBerardinis, Hilltop Farm’s Breeding Manager. “His pedigree offers a new outcross for many daughters of our current stallions. This is an important consideration for us as we continually evaluate our stallion line-up.”
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.
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.