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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.

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It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.

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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.

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The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.

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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.

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