ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection at Hilltop Farm
Hilltop Farm was proud to host an ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection on August 15th. Despite the extremely hot weather and very long day, we had a wonderful time thanks to a cheery group of participants and the dedicated judges Ekkehard Brysch and Eberhard Seckenberg. Robin Birk’s stallion O’Pierre (Opus-Del Piero), bred by Ken Borden, was granted a Certified Breeding License. Three mares passed the Mare Performance Test: Belladonna (Bugatti Hilltop-Whitney) owned by Susanne Paterson, Chaiya WRF (Corlando-Father Hogan xx) owned by Lauren Seitz, and high-scoring mare Roxanne (Riverman-Diamont) owned by Meredith Michelfelder. A total of 23 mares were presented for either the Oldenburg or ISR Mare Books. The coveted Premium Mare title was given to the following mares: Chaiya WRF (Corlando-Father Hogan xx) 110.5 pts; Lily (Colwyn Llewelyn-Russian Sable xx) 111 pts; Picture Perfect (Her Majesty’s Bid xx-Time to Conquer xx) 111.5 pts; Olivia K (Popeye K-Her Majesty’s Bid xx) 109 pts; and Uliathe Keur (Matterhorn-Nocturn) 105 pts. The high-scoring mare, Picture Perfect, is an 18-yr old Thoroughbred mare owned and bred by Arlette Johnson of Pennsylvania.
A total of 24 foals were presented for inspection as well. To earn Premium status foals must achieve an overall 8.0 and have no score less than 8.0. Four fillies were called back for a Premium Ring: Goodtiming (Good As Gold-Matterhorn) 8.0/8.0/8.0/8.0; Qutie Pie (Qredit Hilltop-Soprano) 8.0/8.1/8.0/8.0; Soleil (Sternlicht Hilltop-Quite Easy) 8.0/8.3/8.1/8.1; and Elsa (Everdale-Bugatti Hilltop) 8.2/8.5/8.3/8.3 owned/bred by Elizabeth Callahan. Five colts were called back for the Premium Ring: Beltane W (Belissimo M-Wishing Well) 8.0/8.0/8.0/8.0; Irie (Innverness-Riverman) 8.0/8.5/8.0/8.2; Qwelve Midnight (Qredit Hilltop-South Paw) 8.2/8.5/8.3/8.3; Gamechanger (Good As Gold-Idocus) 8.5/8.3/8.3/8.4; and Quiberon (Quite Easy-A Fine Romance xx) 8.3/8.7/8.6/8.5 also bred/owned by Elizabeth Callahan. Congratulations to all of the participants! Thank you to everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.