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.
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
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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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.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.