Hilltop Horses

2003 KWPN Gelding, 16.2 hands
Hamlet – Burggraaf – Amor

Photo by Susan J. Stickle

Witness was bred in Holland by Rene Franssen, who was also the breeder of the US Team horse Kingston.  His sire is Hamlet, who is perhaps best known as the sire of Hickstead. Witness’s damsire is the legendary Burggraaf.  While Witness’s pedigree highlights predominantly jumper breeding, we see the ability in these lines for success in the dressage arena as well.

Jonna Schelstraete was responsible for Witness’s excellent foundation and showed him through the equivalent of Fourth Level.  She enjoyed many successes with Witness, including finishing second at the Moorland Championship in Hengelo in Holland.

Hilltop Farm purchased Witness in 2011 from Jonna.  Witness’s bright, cheerful character quickly endeared him to everyone at Hilltop.  Bananas are his special treat although he’s been known to share frozen lemonade with Jane. Under Jane’s ownership, Witness has continued on in a successful career through Grand Prix.  He loves his work and tackles the difficult exercises of the Grand Prix with enthusiasm.



Witness’s competition highlights include:

  • 2011 USEF Intermediaire I Championships ~ 8th in the PSG & 9th in the I1
  • 2011 Dressage at Devon ~ 2nd in the PSG, I1, & Intermediaire Freestyle
  • 2012 Team Gold Medal in the Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup
  • 2012 winner of PSG at EDSCTA Memorial Day CDI
  • 2012 USEF Intermediaire I Championships ~ 3rd in the PSG & 4th in the Intermediaire Freestyle
  • 2012 Dressage at Devon ~ 1st in the PSG & Intermediaire Freestyle
  • 2013 Team Silver Medal in the Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup
  • 2015 USDF Region 1 Champion ~ Intermediaire II
  • 2015 USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion ~ Grand Prix
  • 2015 US Dressage Finals ~ 6th in the Intermediaire II
  • 2016 ranked 3rd for USDF All-Breeds (KWPN) at Grand Prix


Video & Pedigree

Hamlet Nimmerdor Fahn
Dirbalja Notaris
Francis Burggraaf Landgraf I
Vunette Amor


Photo by Stacy Lynne

Photo by Susan J. Stickle