New Stallion Additions for 2017
It’s the New Year and we’ve got a couple of new additions to introduce you to! New international stallions for jumper and dressage breeders alike will be joining the Hilltop Farm Stallion Line-Up for 2017. Breeders looking for a jumping pedigree won’t be disappointed with the two new additions from Haras de Brullemail, Baloubar Mail (Baloubet du Rouet-Alligator Fontaine) and Catchar Mail (Diamant de Semilly – Calvaro Z). Both stallions received an overwhelming response from European breeders in their first seasons and we are excited to now offer them in North America. For the dressage breeder, the newly approved Everdale son Inclusive (Everdale-Uptown) should be of particular interest. This promising young stallion was named Co-Champion of the 2016 KWPN Autumn Stallion Performance Test, earning praise for his three very good basic gaits, rideability and self-carriage. We’re looking forward to seeing the influence of these young stallions in the coming years!
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
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.
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.