VADA/NOVA Breed Show
We took three young horses from Hilltop down to Morven Park this week for one of our favorite breed shows each year. The show management always does an excellent job managing this event and it’s a relatively close drive for us. Beth Custalow’s Bugatti’s Ballerina (Bugatti-Rohdiamant) had her first outing of the year and was 4th in the very competitive 2-yr old Fillies class with a strong score of 77.8%. Sieg (Sir Gregory-Donnerhall), owned by Amber Fies, was super for his first show ever. He was third in both the Yearling Colts and the AHS IBC with scores of 77% & 78%. Jessica Fay was very happy with Cha Ching (Contucci-Cordoba), placing third in the Colts/Gelding Materiale and winning the Suitability class, both with scores of 80%. Congratulations and thank you as well to all our clients that Quinnten Alston handled for this week – it was a wonderful group of young horses to work with.
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.