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.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.
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.