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USEF Leading Sire Rankings

Each year we look forward to the release of the finalized USEF Leading Sire Rankings.  It is an excellent resource for US stallion owners, breeders, riders, and trainers alike; with just a few clicks you have access to which stallions had offspring competing in 2014, the offspring’s results, and owner, breeder, and bloodline information.  With over 1000 sires listed on the dressage ranking list alone, it is truly exciting to see many Hilltop Farm stallions ranked in the top 25 of any of the rankings and even more special to see some of the stallions appearing in multiple ranking lists.

Dressage Breeding Sire Ranking List

2nd           Royal Prince
3rd           Ampère
4th           Don Principe
7th           Bugatti
17th         Contucci
19th         Qredit
24th         Doctor Wendell MF

Dressage Sire Ranking List

12th         Contucci
14th         Royal Prince
15th         Bugatti
22nd        Don Principe

Eventing Sire Ranking List

6th           Riverman
7th           Ramiro B
18th         Quite Easy
24th         Don Principe

Half-Arabian Sire Ranking List

19th         Contucci

Hunter Breeding Sire Ranking List

16th         Royal Prince
28th         Riverman

Hunter Sire Ranking List

15th         Quite Easy
17th         Riverman
26th         Contucci

Jumper Sire Ranking List

36th         Riverman

Thank you to all the owners who are out competing with their offspring that contributed towards these rankings.  With the 2015 show season already under way, we’re excited to see offspring by all of the stallions out competing.  It is rewarding to not only see the results of the stallion’s offspring listed but to receive so many email updates throughout the season sharing these results.  We always look forward to hearing from the owners, breeders, and riders of the stallion’s offspring and hope you all continue to keep in touch.

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This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.

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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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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

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! >>>