Hilltop Wraps Up Our 2014 Foaling Season
May 12th and 13th brought more healthy foals here to Hilltop Farm. On Thursday night, Melissa Stubenberg’s mare Wraina (Obadiah-Sir Wimborne xx) delivered her third foal – a very flashy Royal Prince colt that is a full sibling to the Premium Filly and Devon winner that she had last year. The following night, the maiden mare Reata (Rousseau-Catalpa Lane xx) delivered an elegant colt by Qredit that shows so much of his sire in the stamp. Owner Kathy Jackson can be proud of this new addition.
Our final foal of the season was born on May 30th. The mare Whizzo (White Magic-Lemon) was carrying her second foal, this one by Doctor Wendell MF. The dark-coated filly with lots of chrome is a stunner and a great way to cap off the season. We have nine healthy, high-quality foals safely on the ground and we are very excited of the consistently high quality we’re seeing in these foals.
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
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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.