VADA/NOVA Fall Show
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!
What a way to end the year! The 2012 North American Stallion Test just finished this weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the results for Qredit when he finished as the Dressage Champion & Overall Champion at the the 2012 70-Day North American Stallion Test!
Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses.
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.
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.