KWPN Spring Stallion Performance Test
Big news out of Holland! The Chippendale-Scandic son Giovanni has tied for first place in the KWPN Spring Stallion Test. Bred and owned by C. van Etten, Giovanni scored 8 for walk and trot, 9.5 for canter, 8.5 for suppleness, 9 for self-carriage and ridability and 8.5 for dressage potential. The testing committee described him as “an honest and reliable stallion with a very good disposition.” In second place was the licensing Champion Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale-Negro). He earned 8 for walk, 8.5 for trot, 9 for canter, 8.5 for suppleness, 9 for self-carriage, and 8.5 for rideabiity and dressage potential. Fantastic results for these owners, breeders, and Van Olst Horses – congratulations!
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.
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.