VADA/NOVA Breed Show
Congratulations Quinnten Alston on a wonderful first show as Hilltop’s Handler! The VADA/NOVA Breed Show at Morven Park today was our first in-hand show of the year and the horses all came home with strong placings. Mary La Banca’s Briljant G (by Bugatti), was 2nd in the Two-Year Old Fillies class and won the SWB IBC; Denver HTF (by Donarweiss) was 3rd in both his Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class and the AHS IBC; and Qindle HTF (by Qredit) was 2nd in the Yearling Fillies class and won the Filly Championship.
Quinnten was also happy to handle for Mo Swanson and Rolling Stone Farm. Dheputy and Shabrina won their individual classes and were named Stallion Champion & Mare Champion. Shabrina went on to win the Mature Horse Championship and was Reserve Grand Champion. Congratulations Rolling Stone Farm and excellent job Quinnten!
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category).
The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.
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 dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.