ISR/Oldenburg NA Inspection at Hilltop
Hilltop Farm hosted its annual ISR/Oldenburg inspection on August 16th. The judging panel of Ekkehard Brysch, Dieter Felgendreher, and Gary Lawrence had a packed day of horses to evaluate. Four stallions were presented for licensing and three were approved. The approved stallions were Lea Ann Hansen’s Velluto (Schiffon-Urspring), Kindle Hill Farm’s GK Calucci (Calido I-Accord II), and Trestle Tree Farm’s Beaulieu’s Talisman (Toulon-Alexis Z).
Four horses took part in the performance test which evaluates potential both in free jumping and under saddle. Rag Doll, owned by Lauren Kimmel and bred by Angelique Le Vell, was the High-Score Winner of the Performance Test with an impressive 78 points overall including an 8.5 for jumping ability and an 8.0 for rideability. Rag Doll (Regazzoni-Matissa) was also accepted into the Main Mare Book with a score of 97 points. Christina Warfel’s pony mare Wrefleksion (Wicked Courtjester-Nieuwmoeds Patrick) passed the Mare Performance Test with an overall score of 70 points and was accepted into the Pony Mare Book with a score of 98 points. Summit Sporthorses’ Piper (Popeye-Fascination) and Popgun (Popeye-Oliver Twist) earned scores of 7 on rideability and will add this performance test to their sport record. This is a good reminder that the Performance Test is open to both Mares and Geldings and can give owners of geldings a wonderful goal to work towards in early training while also helping refine the breeder’s evaluation of their own program.
Nine additional mares were presented for breeding evaluation. Due to pedigree, two were accepted into the Pre-Mare Book – Dancin To A Fiddle (Reneck Fiddlin Man-Gunmetal Bars) and Leanna (Maraton-Palermo) which will allow their foals to receive the ISR brand in the future. Six mares were accepted into the Main Mare Book: the Oldenburg mare Ravissante (Riverman-Pontifex xx), Gangway Flirt xx (Harbor Man-Lucky Chance), Repeat Vision xx (Pollard’s Vision-Zuppardo’s Prince), For the Taste xx (Sky Classic-Irish River), Kourages Kelly xx (Halos and Horns-Secreto), and Janet’s Wish xx (Caller ID-Iron). There was one Premium Mare, Chiquita HTF (Contucci-Cordoba), who earned 105 points overall. Chiquita was bred and is owned by Hilltop Farm.
A total of 15 foals were presented representing the sires Farscape, Doctor Wendell MF, Wasabi, Qredit, Cunningham, Amazing, Wild Dance, Wamberto, Don Principe, Escapade, Forrest Flame, Royal Prince, and Rotspon. There were six Premium Foals. Scores listed are for conformation/correctness, movement, overall impression, and final score.
Wassail (Wasabi-Harbor Man xx), bred by Lynn Schriver: 8.3/8.0/8.2/8.2 CHAMPION FILLY
LJS Wild Waldo (Wild Dance-Caesar), bred by Lazy J Sporthorses: 8.2/8.5/8.4/8.4 CHAMPION COLT
Rondee Voo (Rotspon-Cor Noir), bred by Horse Power, Inc: 8.0/8.3/8.0/8.1
Forrest Folly (Forrest Flame-Nieuwmoeds Patrick), bred by Lesley Feakins: 8.0/8.0/8.0/8.0
Quotogenic (Qredit-Cabaret), bred by Meg Sherman: 8.0/8.3/8.1/8.1 RES. CHAMP FILLY
Westbrook (Wamberto-Contucci), bred by Sue Jackman: 8.2/8.0/8.0/8.1
Congratulations to all the participants!
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
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.