The First Foals Arrive
Hilltop’s 2016 foaling season is off to a wonderful start. It’s coming to the end of April now and the first five foals are safely on the ground. Double H Farm’s jumper mare Ultra (Willem van de Helle) produced her first foal in March – a strong, well-built colt by Copin van de Broy. Shorlt after Arlette Johnson’s hunter mare Olivia K (Popeye K) also had her first foal – a very typey and personable colt by Talisman. Both mares have proven exceptional mothers and seem to be taking an interesting approach of sharing babysitting duties of the two colts. After a nice break from foalwatch, we welcomed three Hilltop Farm-owned offspring in April. EM Raj Mahal HTF (Royal Prince) has produced a very elegant, feminine filly by Sternlicht. After weeks of debate, the name Savannah HTF has been chosen for her. Next up was Chiquita (Contucci) with her second colt – a strong, uphill and very easygoing foal by Bugatti. We’re still figuring out a name for this wonderful colt, so feel free to help us with suggestions! Finally, our Grand Prix mare Uforia (Negro) gave us her first filly. She is a full-sister to Stetson who was last year’s Reserve Champion at his AHS Inspection. Sternlicht added his long legs to this filly, but we see a lot of her wonderful dam in her as well. She’ll be called Shiraz HTF.
The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory).
Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) offspring typically share their sire’s stamp of refined, modern type, a correct foundation, and quality movement and those attributes are well-rewarded in the breed show ring. We are excited to share the news that Royal Prince has won the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for the FIFTH consecutive year...
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.
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.