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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!

Stallion News

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Festrausch-Cazenovia

Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.

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Hilltop Articles & Interviews

Horse-Handlers

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.

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matchmaker

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 Breeder Rewards: There is no greater testament to a stallion than the quality and success of their offspring. Each year we look forward to seeing the stallion’s offspring out showing successfully. The Hilltop Farm Breeder Reward Program allows us to reward the breeders and owners of horses bred through Hilltop Farm who achieve competitive success through Rewards Certificates that can be applied towards a future breeding. >>>

2018 Stallion Book Set to Mail: The 2018 Hilltop Farm Stallion Book will be mailing after the first of the year. Breeders now have two methods of receiving this updated information, either through the Hilltop Farm website or via mail. >>>

Riverman & Don Principe Lead USEF Sire Rankings: The US Equestrian Leading Sire Rankings closed in mid-December and we have many exciting results to share! For the second time Marydell Farm's Don Principe was named the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and for the fourth time Riverman was named Eventing Sire of the Year! >>>

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! >>>