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.
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.