VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show
It was a beautiful weekend in Virginia for the VADA/NOVA Fall Show. Michael took Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach out for a warm-up before Regionals. They won both their Intermediate I tests with a 66.9% and a 69.7%. Jess had her plate full with 4 horses showing. Beth Custalow’s Bugatti’s Ballerina (Bugatti-Rohdiamant) enjoyed her first undersaddle show and won her Materiale classes with scores of 72% & 76.6%. Melanie Zentgraf’s Quite Special (Quite Easy x Emma) had a strong outing in only his 2nd horse show earning good ribbons in all his Training Level tests with scores of 63-67.5%. Jess also used this show as warm-up for USDF Regionals with her two Qredit mares, Quinzy HTF (ds. Cordoba) and Qindle HTF (ds. Royal Prince). Quinzy earned three firsts and a third at Training & First Levels with scores of 68.5-72.5%. Qindle was close behind with 2 seconds at Training Level and a 1st and 3rd in her First Level tests, with her scores ranging from 69.4-72.5%. I think we’re ready for Regionals!
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
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 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.