USDF Year-End Awards for Hilltop Training Horses
With the finalization of the USDF Year-End Awards, we’d like to congratulate the owners and breeders on the successes of their horses in training here at Hilltop Farm. Congratulations as well to Michael Bragdell and Jessica Fay; our Hilltop trainers had a wonderful 2015 show season. We’d especially like to point out that each of the following horses was bred in the US – a great testament to the quality breeders are producing each year.
Jess and our homebred Cha Ching HTF (Contucci-Cordoba) finished 6th for the USDF Materiale Horse of the Year standings for 4 & 5 Year Old Stallions/Geldings with a 79.7%. Michael had three horses with top Year-End finishes this year. Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback-Dream of Glory), bred by Judy Yancey, is ranked 4th for the Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society All-Breeds at the Prix St. Georges with a median score of 68.947%. Lara and William Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat), bred by Lazy J Sporthorses, was Champion for the KWPN-NA All-Breeds and Reserve Champion for the USDF Horse of the Year at First Level with a median score of 76.324%. Iris Aberbach’s homebred Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) was Reserve Champion for the American Hanoverian Society All-Breeds at Prix St. Georges at 70.132% and Intermediare I with a 70.586%. Boxster also placed 18th overall for the USDF Horse of the Year standings for Intermediare I. Congratulations!
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
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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.
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.