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!
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%.
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
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.
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.