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.
It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
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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.