USDF National Finals
Team Hilltop headed to the US Dressage Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first week in November. We were very excited for Michael to be able to compete for the first time as a US Citizen at a US Championship and to have qualified three horses for the finals. First up for their championship class was Kaja Brix’s Westfalen gelding Feuerbach who competed at 3rd Level on Friday. Michael and Feuerbach put in a solid test finishing just out of the ribbons in 11th with a score of 67.051 in a very competitive class. This is only their fourth show together and we’re excited to see Feuerbach’s continued development in the coming years.
Michael and his longtime partner Boxster A (Bugatti – Weltbekannt), bred and owned by Iris Aberbach, finished off a fantastic year by winning their warmup 4th3 test with a 69.5% on Thursday and then placing 3rd in the 4th Level Championship with a 68%. Michael and Maryanna Haymon’s stallion Don Principe had qualified for two finals classes with their stellar performances at the Region 1 Championship. The pair placed 11th in the Open Grand Prix Final and 3rd in the Intermediaire B Final with a score of 66.548%.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our owners who made this trip possible. It was fantastic to be able to attend the US Dressage Finals in such a world class setting as Kentucky Horse Park. It had a true championship feel and we would like to thank the organizers for all of the hard work that went into putting on a competition of this magnitude. We look forward to being able to attend again in the years to come.
The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory).
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category).
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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.
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.