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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.

Stallion News

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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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A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.

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Recent News

2017 Dressage at Devon: Another Dressage at Devon is in the books for Team Hilltop. Once again, we welcomed back King Santacruz to join Michael Bragdell in handling a number of Hilltop-sired and client-owned horses for Hilltop Farm. Thank you to Michael and King for a superb job with all the horses and to all the Hilltop staff both at home and at the show that pull this off year after year! >>>

USDF Region 8 Championships: This year we again traveled to the USDF Region 8 Championships in Saugerties, NY. At the large HITS facility, there were over 1600 rides scheduled over the four days of competition – a massive show! Jessica Fay has had a fantastic season with her horses and Regionals ended on a high note for the 3 mares she qualified. >>>

Dunmovin Dressage: Well the rain may have gotten us totally soaked, but it was still a great show at Dunmovin. Jess Fay took two horses out for their first dressage shows with super results. >>>

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! >>>