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!
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
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
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.
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.