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.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.