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A rainy weekend at Morven Park couldn’t keep our spirits down!  One of our last ‘regular’ shows of the season, the VADA/NOVA Fall show not only served as a final qualifier, but also as a fall warm-up for horses that will be headed to Regionals.  Michael started the show with Iris Aberbach’s wonderful gelding Boxster A.   The pair placed 2nd in Saturday’s Inter I with a score of 66.7%.  Sternlicht Hilltop is certainly happy to be out showing again this fall and put in an inspiring test to win the large First Level Test 3 class with a 79% on Saturday.  Michael’s 3rd ride in 3 hours was with Witness Hilltop and they won the Inter II with a score of 69%.  Michael could finally catch some breakfast after all of that!  In Third Level Test 3, Tiffany Bragdell placed 2nd in the open division with her own Bellatae with a 67% and Beth Custalow was 2nd in the amateur division with her Bvlgari with a 65%.  Finishing the day, was our 3-yr old mare Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba).  This was Quinzy’s first show and Jess Fay was thrilled with how she handled the busy warm-up and splashing through all the puddles.  She was 2nd in the Materiale class which included older mares.

Sunday morning began with Witness winning the Grand Prix with a 66.5%.  Boxster produced a focused, harmonious Prix St. Georges test to earn a 70% and 2nd place.  Michael finished his rides with Sternlicht, and had another win in First Level Test 3 with a 76%.  Tiffany and Bellatae improved their Sunday score to 68% and were 2nd place in the Third Level 3 open, while Beth and Bvlgari were 1st for adult amateur’s with a 63.8%.  Finishing out the weekend, was Jess Fay riding Quinzy.  Quinzy was super today despite the 40mph winds and won the Materiale class.  A great outing for all!

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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).

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Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.

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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.

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Recent News

2017 ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection: Our ISR/Oldenburg Inspection is at a close. Two fun-filled days catching up with so many friends and breeders we get to see every year. One stallion was licensed - Marydell Farm's Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon). >>>

Blue Goose Dressage: was perfect horse show weather at Blue Goose Dressage III on Wednesday. Both Jess and Michael took a few horses for final qualifiers for Regionals. >>>

ISR/Oldenburg Inspection Schedule: We're looking forward to hosting the ISR/Oldenburg Inspection on August 11-12 at Hilltop Farm! Check out the schedule here. >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>