VADA/NOVA Breed Show
Quinnten Alston handled a number of horses for the VADA/NOVA Breed Show at Morven Park on June 10th. Iris Aberbach’s Jamaica A (Ampère-Bugatti) was a superstar for her first time off farm, winning her Two-Year Old Fillies class and then going on to be named Filly Champion, Young Horse Champion, and Overall Grand Champion! She also won the Dutch Warmblood IBC class and was High Score for the day. This fantastic filly is out of a full-sister to Iris’s very successful FEI horse Boxster A and is definitely one to watch for the future.
Chelsea and Linda Allen’s Wingman (WakeUp x Royal Beauty), also on his first trip off farm, won his Yearling Colts/Geldings Class and was then named Reserve Champion Colt. Margaretta Frederick’s Coeur De Lion (Coeur d’Amour-Fit to Fight xx) placed 4th in a large Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class and also placed 5th in the Oldenburg GOV IBC.
A few clients joined as at the show with their young horses too. Nancy Twenhafel’s Kinettic (Netto-Donarweiss) won the Yearling Fillies and placed 2nd in the Dutch Warmblood IBC. In the Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class, Marne Martin Tucker’s Senzation (Sezuan – Jazztime) was 2nd and Amber and Eric Fies’ Sieg (Sir Gregory-Donnerhall) placed 6th.
Thank you to the volunteers and show organizers at Morven Park enough for putting on such a well-run (and fun!) event.
The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop.
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