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 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.
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
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Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.