Michael Scores Over 80% - twice!
We had a great weekend at the WPDA Summer Sizzler shows on July 30-31. Two of Michael’s students reached big milestones. Beth Custalow qualified for the USDF Regional Finals at Fourth Level and Robin Birk won her very first Intermediaire I test with a 64.3%. Congratulations Beth & Robin!
Michael had a pretty good weekend riding too. He moved Kaja Brix’s wonderful gelding Feuerbach up to Prix St. Georges and won his classes both days with scores of 71% & 68%. Then it was onto the Freestyle’s. This was the first time showing either Witness or Qredit in a Freestyle, but you wouldn’t have known it watching. Qredit earned scores of 80.5% and 74% over the two days, and Witness earned an 82.72% and a 72% over the two days. Yes – that was two 80% rides! While the heat had everyone a little tired the second day, we couldn’t be happier. A huge thank you to Karen Robinson who created these freestyles for Michael!
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.