The Show Season Begins
The Gold Coast Opener in Wellington, Florida was held January 21-24 and marks Michael first show of the year. Qredit was 6th in the Prix St. Georges Open and won Sunday’s Developing Horse Prix St. Georges with two soft, flowing tests. This weekend served as a good warm-up for Qredit’s upcoming move to the Intermediaire I and Michael’s happy with his confidence and strength at this level. Sternlicht took a big jump up to debut at Third Level for the year. He placed third on Saturday and won Sunday’s Third Level Test 1 with a 71.9%. Sternlicht stayed very relaxed in the work despite the new demands of the Third Level tests and we couldn’t be happier than this start for him. Two more shows still to come before the boys head north to begin their cooled semen season in March.
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 Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.