Hilltop Stallions Lead USEF Rankings
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category). What a wonderful Christmas present for Hilltop’s owner Jane MacElree! A related congratulations goes out to Dr. Elizabeth Callahan who is the USEF Eventing Breeder of the Year, based all on successes of her Hilltop-sired offspring. Dr. Callahan’s exceptional breeding program has produced such horses as Slate River and Balmoral and this honor is well deserved.
National Developing Horse Dressage Championship Sire
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three. “We are so proud that a Hilltop horse made history by being the first US bred and owned horse to win three of the National Championships in a row” said Chris.
This year’s Championships were held at the beautifully landscaped Lamplight Equestrian Center in Illinois. The first day of competition was the Developing Horse Qualifying Test which counted for 40% of the overall score. Chris and Cabana won, earning a 72.895%. They then went on to win Sunday’s Developing Horse Championship test with a score of 73.810%.
Royal Prince is Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year
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.
Royal Prince’s offspring brought their sire top honors in the Dressage Breeding division with over 200 points above the second place stallion. Daughter Rhodora, the 2008 Champion Filly & Champion Young Horse of Dressage at Devon, certainly contributed to this win, but was only one of many successful Royal Prince offspring showing on the line in 2008. While Royal Prince (Rohdiamant – Prince Thatch xx) continues his own competitive career, we are thrilled to see his earliest foal crops living up to our expectations of them.
Hilltop thanks all the offspring owners and breeders who played such a huge role in this year’s many successes!