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Hilltop Farm Purchases Sternlicht GGF

Hilltop-Purchases-SternlichtJane 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.”


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