VADA/NOVA Autumn Show
The VADA/NOVA Autumn Show over at Morven Park enjoyed perfect early fall weather, with sunny skies and pleasant temps. Jess Fay took out Hilltop’s 3-year old mare Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) for her 2nd show and came home with a 2nd and a 1st in the Mare Materiale classes and scores in the 70’s. Keeping these early undersaddle outings fun and low stress is so important for the young ones and we’re lucky to have Jess in charge of them. Michael Bragdell also took a few horses over to Morven. In his first show outing, Anne Howard’s Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit) impressed earning a 76% & 78% at Training Level. What a great start to his show career! Michael also used this outing as a warm-up for some of his Regional Championship horses. Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach won both of his Prix St. Georges classes with scores of 68% & 69%. Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue placed 3rd in Third Level Test 3 with a 65% and then made the move up to Fourth Level a winning one with a score of 67%.
Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) offspring typically share their sire’s stamp of refined, modern type, a correct foundation, and quality movement and those attributes are well-rewarded in the breed show ring. We are excited to share the news that Royal Prince has won the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for the FIFTH consecutive year...
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.