Our annual ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection was held August 12-13th and we saw a large, diverse group of good quality horses over the two days. Five stallions were licensed: Chester (Cunningham-Padinus), Heroic Times (Goodtimes-Michellino), Stormy River DZ (San Amour-Weltmeyer), Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit), and Rubinero (Rubinstein-Ex Libris). Having already fulfilled their performance requirements, Stormy River DZ & Rubinero have achieved their Lifetime Approval. The other three stallions received a Certified Breeding License which is good for two years while they complete their performance requirements.
Five mares participated in the Mare Performance Test with Beaucoup d’Amis (Bugatti-Contucci), bred by Janice Barnes and owned by Trisha DeRosa being the high-scoring mpt with an overall 74.7. Seven mares were presented for Studbook inspection on Day 1. Premium Mares were Beaucoup D’Amis and Remarkable (Redwine-Evening Kris xx).
Day 2 of the inspection was filled with mares and foals. An additional 11 mares were presented with Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) earning the only Premium Mare Award for the day. Twenty-two foals, including 4 ponies, were then presented. Premium Awards were given to Jin (Jazz-Good As Gold) bred by Lauren Efford/Goldhope Farm, Harley’s Davidson (Woodbury’s Harlequin-Colwyn Llewelyn) bred by Arlette Johnson, Forrest Fern (Forrest Flame-Merrie Moscan) bred by Lesley Feakins, Sambuca (Sternlicht-Pointmaker) bred by Kathy LaCroix, Quiet Riot (Quaterback-Cor Noir) bred by Horse Power Inc, Perfect Storm (Cunningham-Popeye K) bred by Maple Run Farm, Alemana (Aloha-Sky Classic) bred by Beth Lawrence, and Galway (Grafenstolz-Riverman) bred by Elizabeth Callahan. Top colt was Alemana and Top Filly was Forrest Fern. Congratulations to all!
Thank you to the Hilltop staff, all the participants, the judges, and the brave spectators who came out in this heat! Despite the weather, everyone remained in excellent spirits and your enthusiasm was very much appreciated.
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.
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.
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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.
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.