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.
It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm.
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
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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.
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.