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.
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
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 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.