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2016 Colt named Total Knock Out “TKO” (Talisman-Popeye K)

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.

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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...

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Hilltop Articles & Interviews

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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.

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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.

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Recent News

Dunmovin Dressage: Well the rain may have gotten us totally soaked, but it was still a great show at Dunmovin. Jess Fay took two horses out for their first dressage shows with super results. >>>

VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show: It was a beautiful weekend in Virginia for the VADA/NOVA Fall Show. Michael took Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach out for a warm-up before Regionals. They won both their Intermediate I tests with a 66.9% and a 69.7%. >>>

2017 USEF Young/Developing Horse Championships: The USEF Young and Developing Horse Championships remain a highlight of our show plans every year. With only the top 15 of each age group invited to the Finals, the competition is intense yet the sense of comradery and enthusiasm is one of the best of all the shows. >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>