World Equestrian Games
The World Equestrian Games is certainly the highlight competition for this season with the very best competitors in each discipline, including reining, driving, vaulting, and the para-equestrian competitions. It’s always interesting to evaluate such a wide demographic of bloodlines and this year we were very excited to see offspring, “grand-children,” and even half siblings to some of the stallions in the Hilltop Farm line-up competing at such a prestigious event.
Once again a shining star, Valegro (Negro-Gershwin) and Charlote Dujardin continue to impress with the consistency of their performances, adding another Championship and World Title to their resume. A highlight for Valegro and Charlotte at the games was their Freestyle which earned a score of 92%. The versatility we see in jumper stallion Quite Easy’s offspring was showcased with Vancouver (Quite Easy-Ahorn) and Thy’s Que Faire (Quite Easy-Ladoga) competing in Dressage and Para-Dressage respectively. Thy’s Que Faire and Denmark’s Susanne Jensby Sunesen aided the Danish team to a 5th place finish and finished 5th place individually for Grade III Para-Dressage.
Ramiro B eventing offspring, Ballynoe Castle RM (Ramiro B-Blue Laser xx) and Buck Davidson had a strong performance in dressage but, unfortunately, had to retire during the cross country phase. We look forward to seeing this competitive pair out competing again in the near future. Formerly part of the Hilltop stallion line-up, Del Piero had one offspring competing in the Para-Dressage. Del Rusch (Del Piero-World Cup) and Germany’s Carolin Schnarre helped their team secure the Bronze Team Medal and finished 7th individually for Grade IV Para-Dressage.
Other highlights to the games include Bugatti’s half-brother Santana (Sandro Hit x SPS Raffinesse/Rubinstein I) and Sweden’s Minna Telde aiding their team to a 6th place finish. The pair also earned a 23rd place finish individually. Riverman and Negro both had grand-children competing in the games. Caravella (Contango-Riverman) and Canada’s Megan Lane helped the Canadian Team earn a 9th place finish. Also on the Canadian Team, Bindro T (Obelisk-Negro) was ridden by Roberta Sheffield to a 4th place individual finish for Grade III Para-Dressage.
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.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.
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.