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 was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.