Hilltop News

USEF Leading Sire Rankings

A quick guide to pedigree, competition results, owners, breeders, and riders, the USEF Leading Sire Rankings continues to be a good resource for information on horses competing in the United States.  With numerous disciplines governed by the USEF, the ranking lists are comprised of a variety of breeds and include anywhere from 100 to 1000 stallions in the various divisions. It’s exciting to see many of our stallions earning Top-25 finishes and especially exciting to see a few earning top rankings in multiple disciplines.

Dressage Sire of the Year:

6th Contucci
9th Don Principe
12th Negro
14th Royal Prince
15th Bugatti

Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year:

2nd Ampere
3rd Doctor Wendell
5th Royal Prince
10th Donarweiss
12th Tied – Qredit & Bugatti
15th Contucci
17th Don Principe
18th Popeye

Half-Arabian Sire of the Year:

25th Contucci

Eventing Sire of the Year:

1st Riverman
13th Royal Prince
14th Contucci

Hunter Sire of the Year:

1st Quite Easy
4th Riverman

Hunter Breeding Sire of the Year:

5th Royal Prince

Jumper Sire of the Year:

6th Quite Easy

Pony Hunter Breeding Sire of the Year”

8th Popeye

Most importantly, thank you to the owners who are out competing with their offspring and earning points towards each sire’s ranking. We’ve enjoyed the show results, updates, and photos many of you have shared with us throughout the season.  Best wishes for an equally successful 2016 show season!

Stallion News

History in the Making


Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.

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The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.

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Recent News

Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul): We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT. Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! >>>

USDF 2017 Year-End Awards: Congratulations to Michael Bragdell on an outstanding year. >>>

Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced: The North American Stallion Sport Test, LLC has released the schedule of events for both the East Coast and West Coast stallion tests in Oct/Nov 2017. All listed events are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. >>>

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! >>>