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.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
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.