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!
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
With great sadness, we must announce that our beautiful Holsteiner stallion Cor Noir was put down November 3, 2003 for humane reasons. Cor Noir gave tremendous quality to our Hilltop Farm breeding program, producing our top broodmares and the foundation for so much of our success today.
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.
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.