VADA/NOVA Spring Dressage Show
There’s nothing quite like the first show of the year! Hilltop trainer Jess Faye took two coming 4-year olds to the VADA/NOVA show at Morven Park the weekend of April 9-10. Despite snow, gusting winds up to 50 mph, and a morning temp in the 20’s, it was an excellent outing for Elizabeth’s Elan (aka Enya) and Quinzy HTF. As Jess said, “showing anywhere after this will be easy!”
Quinzy (Qredit-Cordoba) showed only on Saturday and won both her Materiale class (76%) and her Training Level Test 3 (71.364%). Enya (Quite Easy-Calimero), in her first undersaddle show ever, got hit with the worst of the weather conditions but gained a lot of confidence over the weekend. Her scores at the first day of 62.5 & 64.8 earned her 3rd & 2nd place at Training Level. On Sunday, she was able to show more relaxation and less playfulness as she settled into the show routine. While she again earned a 2nd and a 3rd, her scores jumped to 69% & 72%. Enya’s breeder/owner Beth Gildea braved the weather to see Enya’s first riding show. It’s a long time from planning a breeding to seeing them out competing!
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!
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.