Hilltop’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
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. An unexpected, early winter snow storm affected travel for people from Virginia to New England that had been planning on coming, but there were still almost 200 people in attendance. Now that’s dedication! Door prize drawings from Oxford Feed & Lumber, Unionville Equine, Smartpak, the Mill of Bel Air, Select Breeders Services, Hulsebos Saddles, and of course Hilltop Farm made for some very lucky attendees! The highlight of the day was of course the Stallion Presentation. We were fortunate that Laroche, De Feiner Star, and Don Hill were all able to still attend given the weather, but it was an excellent opportunity for breeders to see these Guest Stallions in person. Video highlights of Donarweiss with his new rider Genay Vaughn, as well as clips for the Van Olst and Haras de Brullemail stallions brought together our complete line-up. Thank you all for your continued support over these 20 years. We are looking forward to what the future will bring.
Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop.
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.