2019 Foaling Season at Hilltop Farm
Foaling season is one of our favorite times of year here at Hilltop Farm and the 2019 season is off to an excellent start!
Our last foal of 2018 was an unusual story, so we’re counting him as part of the 2019 foal crop for announcements. The Oldenburg mare Primavera (by Pandorra) was bred late December in Florida to the PRE stallion Flamenco YM that now stands through Hilltop Farm. It was an unusual time to breed, but happened to be at the same time they were collecting Flamenco for frozen semen for us and worked well for his owners. So the very first Flamenco foal arrived on November 25th – a handsome, precocious colt named Faccini Negro.
Then we had a lovely break until March when our foaling season began (again).
March 6th: Congratulations to Victoria Kolenda! Her KWPN mare Ariella (Trento B-Zortin) gifted her with a beautiful and very smart filly by Olivi. This little one is quite chatty and was talking to everyone around her before she was even up. She is already impressing us with short glimpses of her movement and we love how quickly she learns everything.
March 25th: It’s a colt! Our second foal by Olivi this season and it’s a handsome bay colt out of the Elite Hanoverian Raj Mahal HTF (Royal Prince-Donnerhall). We’re seeing a very strong stamp on the Olivi foals and are impressed with the balance and the movement that he brings.
March 28th: Balissa FINALLY foaled. After hanging on for many weeks, Balissa finally decided it was time for us to meet her filly by Fürstenball. She is very tall and long-legged like her momma, but she’s us a bit more elegance from her sire’s type. Just what we were wishing for!
April 10th: While many of the mares this year seem to be going over their due dates, Melissa Stubenberg’s Thoroughbred mare Kourages Kelly decided to go early and quickly delivery a handsome, strong colt by GK Calucci. There is going to be a lot of scope with this one!
April 11th: Speaking of holding on, our wonderful recipient mare Bijou held onto the Qredit x Uforia embryo for 363 days! Finally, on April 11th she decided to give this one up to us and produced a beautiful filly. We’re already seeing very good quality gaits with this one.
April 14th: From the dressage prospect to the purpose-bred eventer, this season is a fun one for us with a lot of diversity. Melissa Stubenberg’s second TB mare, a maiden named Roxstina, delivered a fantastic colt by Vallado. He has plenty of blood in the pedigree to be an event prospect for Melissa, but he’s so pretty he may get snapped up for the hunter ring too.
April 19th: Next up was Lisa Saabye’s Ehrentusch mare Ebella. This is Ebella’s first foal, but her first colt and this handsome lad by Lord Leatherdale shows a very noticeable stamp by his sire. A fantastic pedigree all-around and this one is definitely one to watch.
April 25th: We’ll admit it – we were all hoping this next foal would be a colt and we got our wish! The second Uforia foal of the season was safely delivered by the recipient mare Blessings. A striking black colt with chrome by the Grand Prix stallion Desperado (Vivaldi). We couldn’t be any happier!
April 27th: It was time for a filly and Gavin Parfit and Isabel Barzun’s Elite KWPN mare Romy had a beautiful bay filly by Secret. This tall, long-legged filly has her dam’s elegance and her sire’s power in movement. She’s a special one for sure!
May 4th: We had a short break of one week from foalings – which around this time of year seems like an eternity. But May 4th saw the arrival of another filly, this one by Pikko del Cerro and out of Melissa Stubenberg’s mare Wraina. A full-sibling to a farm favorite from a few years ago, ‘Pippa’ is full of personality and spunkiness.
May 5th: Just a day later and we were back in the foaling barn with Hilltop’s homebred Chiquita. This is her 5th foal and she has gifted us with another wonderful colt – this time by Royal Prinz. This is the first of the Royal Prinz’s foals since we began managing him and we’re very happy with this cross on a Contucci daughter.
May 23rd: It’s a good thing we had a few weeks break from foaling, because on the 23rd the last of the mares decided it was time to get things moving along! Early in the morning hours, Judy Irwin’s mare Chellana GZ gave birth to a very regal looking colt by GK Calucci. Then just before midnight of the same day, our own Uforia gave us a fantastic colt by Lord Leatherdale (a full-sibling to Devon Champion Louisville). This has been an especially fun year for Uforia foals as she also had two via ET earlier this spring.
May 24th: Keeping things moving, our 3rd foal in 24-hours arrived early on May 24th. Congratulations to breeder Susanne Manz on your beautiful, feminine filly by Royal Prinz and out of Valkyrie. This filly is a lovely combination of both her parents.
May 26th: The Hanoverian mare Raureif has been an outstanding producer and this year’s colt by Sir Donnerhall I looks to continue the trend. Congratulations to breeder Catherine Haddad Staller on this long-legged and strong colt. We hope he becomes another Grand Prix horse for you!
May 31st: The busy week of foaling concluded with Hilltop’s beloved mare Raja HTF producing a tall, handsome colt by Riverman. A repeat of her first foal, Ripken HTF, we have very high hopes for this colt’s future.
June 13th: After a very busy week at the end of May, everything slowed right down in the foaling barn again. Susanne Manz’s SPS mare Pinta (aka Portia) made the wait worthwhile though. Her colt by Franziskus is a stunning chestnut with just the right amount of bling to him!
June 18th: And then there was one last mare left. We were all very relieved with the arrival of this extra special foal – a filly by Talisman and out of Arlette Johnson’s wonderful Grand Prix jumper Amis de Kannan. Amis had produced a full-sibling to this filly via embryo transfer when she was still competing, but this is first time with mom duties and she’s been perfect!
Thank you to Diana Frederick, our Broodmare Manager, as well as our entire team who helped on foal-watch and all the day-to-day care and time that goes into each mare and foal during this time of year. Our 2019 foaling season is officially over!