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USDF Instructor Certification Final Testing

April 11-13 was a beautiful weekend at Hilltop for the USDF Instructor Certification Final Testing. This is the second time Hilltop Farm has offered this series and we continue to be impressed with the program’s focus and the faculty’s commitment.  As Michael Bragdell reflected, “The USDF Instructor Program has changed quite a lot since the first time I participated and I think the program has a lot to offer instructors of all levels.” Programs like this are very dependent on demo riders and horses and we’re grateful for all the support from the local dressage riders. Congratulations to all the newly Certified Instructors – you’ve worked hard for this!  We offer a special congratulations to our trainer Michael Bragdell who now adds the USDF Certification through Fourth Level to his credentials. Congratulations Michael!

Stallion News

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Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.

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The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.

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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.

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Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.

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Recent News

2017 Breeder Rewards: There is no greater testament to a stallion than the quality and success of their offspring. Each year we look forward to seeing the stallion’s offspring out showing successfully. The Hilltop Farm Breeder Reward Program allows us to reward the breeders and owners of horses bred through Hilltop Farm who achieve competitive success through Rewards Certificates that can be applied towards a future breeding. >>>

2018 Stallion Book Set to Mail: The 2018 Hilltop Farm Stallion Book will be mailing after the first of the year. Breeders now have two methods of receiving this updated information, either through the Hilltop Farm website or via mail. >>>

Riverman & Don Principe Lead USEF Sire Rankings: The US Equestrian Leading Sire Rankings closed in mid-December and we have many exciting results to share! For the second time Marydell Farm's Don Principe was named the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and for the fourth time Riverman was named Eventing Sire of the Year! >>>

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! >>>