Maplewood Breed Show I & II
Hilltop handler Quinnten Alston headed up this week for the Maplewood Breed Shows in New York. Hilltop’s Denver HTF (Donarweiss-Royal Prince) was 3rd in his class the first show, but improved on the second show to place 2nd in his age group and 3rd in the Colts/Geldings Championship class under judge Anne Gribbons. Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) was 5th in the Yearling Fillies on day 1 and moved up to 2nd place on day 2. Virginia Leary brought Don de Lion (Don Hill-Hawthorne) for his first outing and he won the Yearling Colts class with a 78%. Mary LaBlanca’s Briljant G (Bugatti-Babar) was 4th in her age group each day, but perhaps had the run we were most proud of – Mary showed her for the first time in the Amateur Handler class and placed 2nd! The process of breeding and raising your young horse is a slow one and we’re excited that Mary wants to be involved in her filly’s early training at the shows. It was a great experience for both of them. Congratulations!
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category).
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.