VADA/NOVA Summer Dressage Show
Just as the breed show horses were headed home, Michael arrived with two of his riding horses to continue the show weekend at Morven Park on June 5-7. Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) continues to show top form in his work, winning the Intermediaire I both days with scores of 70% & 71%. Lara & Mitch Mitchelson were also on-hand to see their Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) handily win all three of his First Level tests with scores ranging from 74% to 78%. Joining us at the show was Michael’s student Beth Custalow. Riding Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant), Beth finished 4th & 2nd in her Third Level 3 tests with scores of 64% & 72%. Thanks to the show management and all the volunteers for a wonderful weekend.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.