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Florida Season Summary for Hilltop: Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. >>>

Negro Awarded KWPN Stallion of the Year: The 22-year old stallion Negro continues to add to his impressive resume. Already a keur stallion with the KWPN, he was just named the KWPN Stallion of the Year at ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on February 4th. >>>

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. >>>

USEF Sire Rankings: The United States Equestrian Federation compiles annual Sire Rankings based on competition results of recorded offspring. With the results finalized the end of December, we’re excited to share the achievements for the current, and a few former, stallions at Hilltop Farm. >>>

2016 Breeder Rewards: Each year Hilltop rewards breeders and owners on the success of their Hilltop-sired offspring. For results during the 2016 show season, a combination of 45 breeders and owners earned $17,000 in breeder rewards credits. >>>

Gallant Reflection HU Standing at Hilltop Farm: We are excited to share the news that Horses Unlimited's stallion Gallant Reflection HU will be standing at Hilltop Farm this year! We look forward to sharing this special stallion with breeders via frozen semen while he continues his performance career. >>>



Stallion News

Beaucoup d’Amis (Bugatti-Contucci): Breeder Trisha DeRosa recently wrote to share a few highlights of the 2016 show season for her Bugatti mare Beaucoup d'Amis (Bugatti x Carousel/Contucci). Beaucoup d’ Amis had such a spectacular year and Trisha’s thoughtful note about her mare so nice not to share. >>>

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. >>>

Foal Announcements

Sternlicht Foal Announcements: 03-20-17: Congratulations to Mary King Messinger of Kingston Farm in Hillsborough, NC on the arrival of one extremely cute and sweet Sternlicht filly! Born to her Hanoverian mare EM Favre on March 4th, Mary is still deciding on the perfect name for this little lady. >>>

Riverman Foal Announcements: 03-20-2017: It’s a girl for Betsy Ball of Starkville, MS! A lovely Riverman filly made her grand entrance into the world on March 8th to Betsy’s TB Mare Mission Of The Night. Betsy says that her new filly stood within ten minutes of being born and has hardly been still since. Congratulations Betsy! >>>

Don Hill Foal Announcements: 03-20-17: Sandie Dennis and Karen Fulcher of Madison, NC are so thrilled to announce the safe arrival of their new Don Hill filly! Born to their Hanoverian mare Royalander on March 6th, this beauty will be named Dritte RLF. Sandie says that Dritte is German for “third” and that is fitting because she is their third Don Hill /Roylander foal. >>>

Hilltop Archives

Royal-Prince-2010

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.

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Riverman-Jan-2012

The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.

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Articles & Interviews

Horse-Handlers

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.

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