Quartet Wins Big at Devon
The weanling filly Quartet (Qredit-Arrian) took center stage during Dressage at Devon and brought home some huge scores and wins for breeder/owner Michelle Reilly. Quartet started her day with a win in the Fillies of 2014 class with a huge score of 86.1%. She was Reserve Champion in the Devon Foal Championship, and then floated her way to the win in the USDF/GAIG East Coast Foal Championship. King Santacruz, who handles for Hilltop Farm during Devon, presented the filly for all her wins. This filly’s show brought back memories of Michelle’s last trip to Devon when Quartet’s sire Qredit won the Grand Championship for Michelle who owned him at the time. Congratulations Michelle!
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
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%.
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Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.
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.