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.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
At the Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Convention, January 11, 2002, Jane MacElree was honored with the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup for her contribution to the sporthorse industry. Jane was elected as the one of two recipients for this year’s award and is the first warmblood sporthorse breeder to be given this honor.
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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.
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.