Lexington Spring Dressage
A busy week of horse shows continued for us with the Lexington Spring Dressage Show. Showing stallions while there is a breed show also running on the show grounds can be a bit of a challenge at times, but Qredit and Sternlicht stayed focused on Michael and the work throughout the weekend. Saturday began with Qredit winning his Third Level Test 2 class with a 68.4%. Qredit’s power and expression catches spectators’ attention wherever he goes and it’s fun to watch a crowd follow him from warm-up to the show ring. In the FEI Young Horse Test of Choice class, Sternlicht earned a 7.72 and also finished in 1st place over quite a large field. Sunday saw a reversed order with Sternlicht starting the day in the USEF Four-Year Old qualifier. His overall score was an 8.06 and one of the judges’ comments was “now this is a dressage horse!” Competing for the first time in Third Level Test 3, Qredit once again won his class with a 68.7%. The trot tour was a particular highlight and he shows such suppleness in his half-passes. We’re in full swing with breeding season right now, so the boys will get a little break before they show again this summer.
Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop.
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
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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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.