The stallions have long been at the heart of Hilltop Farm. Each one has been carefully chosen for the qualities we feel are needed to further sport horse breeding in North America and each has unique strengths to offer our breeders. Their role however is dual-purpose for Hilltop Farm and they must also be excellent candidates for development in sport. The journey from the Young Horse tests into the FEI arena is a long one and we feeling the impact a breeding stallion will have on subsequent generations takes time. So, we celebrate each milestone along the way with these stallions and look forward to developing their careers to the fullest.
Soliman de Hus – Rascalino – Wesley
Bred by our longtime friend Rachel Ehrlich, Sternlicht continues our recent focus on US-bred stallion prospects. He is a stunning example of the modern sport horse type and his pedigree offered new lines for our breeders. Sternlicht won the US Dressage Finals at First Level in 2015 and has made an impressive start at Third Level & in the FEI 6-Year Old classes in 2016. His first foal crops have been very well received at Breed inspections and Dressage Sport Horse shows.
Quaterback – Dream of Glory – Rubinstein I
Qredit caught our eye at an early age and Hilltop Farm was fortunate to purchase him as a coming two-year old. Qredit was winner of his 70-Day Stallion Test earning exceptional scores for gaits and rideability. He was Reserve Champion of the US 4-Year Old National Championships and is now winning at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire. He has shown a strong stamp on the movement of his offspring and they are consistent winners in-hand and undersaddle.
Caprimond – Lungau – Akzent II
Contucci’s early talent was showcased when he commandingly won the dressage phase of his 100-day test with a score of 147.11 including earning six scores of 9. The gaits and rideability that were Contucci’s mark, also make his offspring standouts. USEF National Champions, USDF Horse of the Year winners, and countless Breed Show & Inspection Champions are just the beginning of Contucci’s legacy with Hilltop Farm.
Redfort – Landego – Calypso II
No other stallion has likely been as synonymous with Hilltop Farm as Riverman. This exceptional sire’s legacy is secure by the success of his offspring at the highest levels in sport – Grand Prix jumpers and dressage horses, Advanced Level eventers and driving horses, International Competitors in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Riverman has had a remarkable impact on North American breeding and Hilltop Farm’s development over the years.
Previous Hilltop Stallions
Bergamon – Rubinstein I – Donnerhall
Winner of the dressage phase of his 70-Day test with 140 points, Bugatti also competed at the Bundeschampionat, the World Championships for Young Horses, and CDI competitions in both Europe and the United States. Bugatti’s dam also produced the Olympic and WEG competitor Santana. Bugatti offspring inherit his natural athleticism, willing attitude, and sensible character. Bugatti now stands privately for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Cor de la Bryere – Landgraf I – Consul
Only a stallion possessing Cabaret’s tremendous depth of character could inspire a place like Hilltop Farm. His magnificent spirit and awesome athleticism captured Jane MacElree’s heart. Cabaret is the full brother to Corlandus, one of the world’s leading dressage horses in the 80’s who earned multiple medals and Championships under Margit Otto-Crepin. Cabaret’s accomplishments included over 14 National Championship titles.
Comic Hilltop FRH
Come On – Platon I – Grande
Comic Hilltop FRH descends from a pedigree of proven jumper-bred stallions that are also dynamic movers. At the World Championships for Young Horses, Comic finished in 6th place. In 2005, Comic won all of his classes at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire at the Hickstead CDI. He won the prestigious Nürnberger Burg-Pokal Finals with a score of 74.10% and in his first season at Grand Prix, he qualified for the HKM Cup. Comic now stands in Italy.
Cor de la Bryere – Lincoln – Carneval Carpia
Cordini is a three quarter brother to Hilltop’s founding sire, Cabaret. Cordini swept high preliminary level competitions earning the title “Overall Circuit Champion of the Winter Festival” in 2000. He jumped his way to more championship titles in Detroit, South Hampton, and Port Jervis. He had a beautiful face, a strong and nicely coupled topline, and a pedigree that dictated his capability to jump. Cordini’s kind, generous character made him a perfect schoolmaster.
Cor de la Bryere – Marmor – Matador
Cor Noir’s power and dynamic athleticism, along with his undeniable presence was first demonstrated during his impressive performances in Materiale classes in Germany and in his 100-day testing. He finished the testing with a score of 123 points, earning him the Class 1 distinction. Cor Noir’s offspring excel not only in the dressage ring as their sire did, but are also competing in jumpers and eventing as the Cor de la Bryere genetics shine through.
Florestan I – Carprilli – Wappenschhild
Festrausch was a truly gifted individual with movement that is defined by suppleness, swing, articulation, and expression. Shown early in his career in materiale and Young Horse classes, Festrausch earned high scores against his peers including a fourth place finish at the FEI World Championships for Young Horses. Festrausch was trained into the FEI levels before focusing on his breeding duties. He spent his last years as the resident stallion for Cazenovia College.
Joost – Maykel
Giotto exhibited the versatility and outstanding rideability represented in his pedigree. Giotto is by Joost, a preferant Holsteiner stallion in the Dutch breeding program. Giotto’s damsire Maykel produced Anky Van Grunsven’s international Grand Prix dressage horse, Gestion Idool. Giotto has a strong and powerful presence and he moves with notable grace and fluidity.
Hawthorne was the son of the late Olympic Cocktail, one of Holland’s notable Grand Prix dressage horses. Hawthorne’s career as a stallion began with his importation to the US in 1993. Over 80 percent of Hawthorne’s offspring were ranked with premium titles, displaying a type and movement consistent with their sire. Hawthorne’s dressage career steadily developed to the FEI level.
Paradox I – Waldschuetz – Lachs
Parabol won his Stallion Performance Testing with an overall score of 140 points and was titled Champion of Oldenburg as a 4-year old. Parabol had a successful jumping career before switching to the dressage arena. He earned the USDF Horse of the Year title at Third Level, was short-listed for the 1994 Pan American Team, and competed successfully up through Grand Prix. Parabol’s offspring show the same athletic diversity and have excelled in multiple disciplines.
Riverman – Caretino – Landgraf I
Reno’s scope, carefulness, and technique pointed him towards the jumper ring. In 2000, Reno swept all three divisions of the Mid-West International Jumper Futurity Finals. Reno traveled directly to the 100-Day Stallion Performance Testing and was proclaimed Reserve Champion. He earned numerous 9s, including ones for his character, temperament, and ability to work. Reno continued to compete up to Grand Prix.
Ferro – Roemer – Homerus
Hilltop Farm purchased Rousseau in 2001 through the KWPN Select Sale. In 2003, Rousseau was the Silver Medal winner at the FEI World Championships for Young Dressage Horses. Rousseau’s sire Ferro was the leading stallion of the KWPN in World Stallion Rankings for dressage. In 2006, Harmony Sporthorses become full owners of Rousseau and he currently stands stud at Hassler Dressage.
Riverman – Lord Calando / Othello
Royal Appearance was a premium foal in Germany. Royal Appearance placed 4th overall at his 100-Day stallion performance testing, earning 9s in character, willingness to work, and ability to work. He then successfully competed in both show jumping and eventing. His foals have been inspection champions and successful in sport. Royal Appearance has had a long tenure breeding at Virginia Tech and is now standing at Cazenovia College.
Rohdiamant – Prince Thatch xx – Wenzel II
Royal Prince still holds the distinction of being the highest placed US-owned horse in history with his 4th place finish at the World Championships for Young Horses in 2004. He maintained his elasticity and purity of movement as he trained up to the FEI levels. Royal Prince consistently passed along his refinement, correctness, and rideability to his offspring. His daughters remain a treasured part of our breeding program. Thankfully, a good supply of frozen semen will continue his influence for years to come.
Joost – Abgar
VIP is one of the legendary American show jumping stallions. His illustrious career under riders Steve Stephens and Debbie Dolan include Grand Prix victories and top placings at Aachon, Rome, Hickstead, Calgary, Toronto, Mexico, and New York. He won the 1986 American Grand Prix Association Championship in his first year at Grand Prix at only 7 years of age. He was a truly charismatic individual and we felt blessed to have his final years spent here at Hilltop Farm.