Welcome Quinnten Alston
Everyone here at Hilltop Farm is excited to share the news that Quinnten Alston has joined our team as our new Stallion Handler and Breed Show Handler. Quinnten joins us after five wonderful years with Rolling Stone Farm. While working for Mo & Jim Swanson, he handled their homebred mare Rheporter (Royal Prince-Weltmeyer) to the Grand Championship of Dressage at Devon and earned the coveted Best Handler Award at the same show in 2011. Quinnten’s presented a number of stallions and mares at their licensings and breed shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and the influence of his mentor, Bob Orton, is clearly evident in his quiet, confident presentations.
“I have been so lucky to have had nothing but the utmost support from Mo Swanson and her husband Jim at Rolling Stone Farm. Along with helping to establish my name in the Sport Horse industry, the Swansons have also undoubtedly helped to reshape and redefine who I am as a person through some of my most important years. This support only continues as I start to transition into this next phase of my life. I am enthusiastic about building new relationships as part of Team Hilltop and meeting new friends and clients.” ~ Quinnten Alston
Quinnten’s enthusiasm for breeding and developing young horses is an ideal fit for us at Hilltop and we’re all looking forward to the new opportunities Quinnten’s addition offers. Here’s to a wonderful 2014!
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.
The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
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.
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.