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.
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.
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.