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.
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.
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
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.
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.