VADA/NOVA Spring Show
April 8th-9th saw the first of our dressage shows for the Hilltop Team up north. Morven Park is always a favorite destination for us and was a perfect outing for Sternlicht and Qredit to make a move up. Sternlicht used Saturday’s FEI Test of Choice class for another of his required Prix St. Georges scores. With an overall 74.6% he easily achieved that needed result. On Sunday, Sternlicht did his first Developing Prix St. Georges test (a bit of a misnomer in naming as we feel its more demanding than the regular PSG!) and won the class with a 68.75%. This leaves only one more PSG score needed for him to finalize his Performance requirements for lifetime approval! Qredit schooled well Saturday and on Sunday made the big jump up to the Developing Grand Prix. Michael was very happy with his clean test – it was a conservative ride for their first time out at this level, but Q showed us he is ready for the added degree of difficulty. Michael’s had Qredit since he showed him in-hand as a yearling and was the first one to ever sit on him. To watch them go from that point to the Grand Prix is a fantastic feeling for all us!
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.
The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.
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.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.