Rubinero Joins the Hilltop Farm Stallion Roster
Hilltop Farm is excited to share the news that Rubinero (Rubinstein-Ex Libris-Furioso II) will be standing at Hilltop Farm this year! Owned by Dawn Bernardo, Rubinero comes originally from Gestut Vorwerk’s esteemed breeding program. Rubinero has a long FEI career to his record, including winning the USDF Region 3 Intermediaire I Championships with his amateur owner. From his early breedings in Germany, Rubinero has already produced a licensed son, States Premium daughters, and Premium Foals. With his move in March to Hilltop Farm, this handsome stallion will once again be available to breeders. Rubinero’s webpage has just been uploaded, but additional information, photos, and videos will be added in the coming days. Through April 1st, Rubinero is available at the special introductory fee of $1600, so book your contract today!
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses.
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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.
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.