May 1, 1993 – July 10, 2020
Hilltop Farm sadly shares the news of Contucci’s passing last Friday. The great stallion lived a wonderful 27 years, with twenty-two of them here at Hilltop Farm. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau) was bred in Germany by Klaus Storbeck and won the dressage portion of his 100-Day Test with an impressive 147.11 points. He was purchased by Jane MacElree in 1998 and has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm Stallion Roster ever since. Contucci’s impact on North American breeding has been significant. His accolades include having earned the titles USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and USEF Dressage Sire of the Year, and he has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the USEF Sire Rankings for the past five years. Contucci proved time and again his ability to sire winning offspring. From in-hand at inspections and breed shows and up through the Grand Prix level, Contucci offspring have been champions. He has sired licensed stallions and many Premium/Elite mares and his influence on US dressage breeding will be felt for generations to come.
Contucci’s character endeared him to everyone who had the pleasure of working with him over his many years here at Hilltop. As we spent our last hours with him, there were a lot of tears but also a lot of smiles over the many Contucci stories we all had. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this special stallion’s life over the years. He was truly a great one!
NA Stallion Sport Test Cancelled for 2020
The organizing committee for the 2020 North American Stallion Sport Test (NASST) regrettably shares their decision to cancel the 2020 tests that were scheduled for October 26-28 in Colora, Maryland and October 30-November 1 in Solvang, California. These events draw in participants, spectators, and officials from three countries and many states. With the covid-19 pandemic still affecting us so heavily, we must keep the health and safety of everyone as our top priority and do not feel it would be prudent to run the tests this year.
Each registry will be communicating with its 4 to 6-year old licensed stallions to discuss how they will handle breeding license extensions given this unique situation. For 2021, NASST will also add a testing division for 7-year old stallions to accommodate those stallions that were scheduled to attend this year as 6-year olds. Each registry also offers alternate approval routes through traditional sport.
Updates regarding 2021 dates and locations will be published later this fall on the NASST website. We are all committed to the long-term development of North American-based stallions and will look ahead to seeing you all in 2021.