COLERA, Md.--The journey from the arrival of a new foal to an approved stallion can be an exciting adventure, filled with many milestone moments to celebrate along the way.
Here at Hilltop Farm, we are fortunate enough to have seen many promising young stallions down this road but it’s not every year that we get to see a product of our own breeding program from foaling, through their young horse years, to stallion licensing and the arrival of their first foals.
Our most recent Hilltop-bred young stallion, Louisville, by Lord Leatherdale out of Uforia, by Negro, has allowed us to see everything come full circle.
Louisville arrived in May of 2017 out of the Dutch mare Uforia.
A successful Grand Prix competitor by the popular stallion Negro, Uforia was a very special mare and we looked forward to the arrival of her foals each year.
Louisville’s sire Lord Leatherdale has consistently proven to cross well on the Negro daughters, producing numerous licensed stallions, world champion young horses, and now even has an Olympic team medalist to his credit.
The pedigree alone made the excitement and anticipation for Louisville’s arrival very high!
It wasn’t long before Louisville caught everyone’s attention with the quality of his gaits and his outgoing personality.
The historic Dressage at Devon was Louisville’s first horse show, he commandingly won the Dressage at Devon Foal Championship.
The next two years Louisville spent growing up in a herd.
Still convinced of his quality and character, Louisville made the move from the raising herds to the training barn towards the end of his 2-year old year to begin training and preparing for Stallion Licensing.
In the US, most registries inspect stallions for initial breeding licenses in their 3-year old year; though, some do offer initial licensing without riding tests at 2 ½ years old.
As a 2 ½ year old, Louisville was licensed with ISR/OldenburgNA and the following summer earned his breeding license with the American Hanoverian Society.
Both licenses meant Louisville could officially stand for breeding in 2020, which was an exciting milestone for Hilltop Farm and the many breeders awaiting the availability of a Lord Leatherdale-Negro son via cooled semen.
While each milestone from a foal to stallion licensing was exciting, the 2021 season was extra special!
The first Louisville foals arrived in the spring of 2021, they all seem to inherit his outgoing personality and expressive gaits.
From his first foal crop, numerous have been named Top and Premium Foals.
With the arrival of the summer months and the close of Louisville’s 2021 breeding season, Louisville made his first under saddle horse show debut earning scores as high as 80 percent.
The fall of 2021 brought the North American Stallion Sport Test to Hilltop Farm, allowing Louisville to complete the first of two years required to earn his Lifetime Breeding Approvals and allowed him to earn licenses with the German Oldenburg Verband and WestfalenNA.
Louisville finished second at the Stallion Test, earning exceptional scores of 9 for canter and rideability.
With many of our initial goals for this special foal and now licensed stallion complete, the journey or our special homebred is really just beginning!
We hope for many years of training and showing together with Louisville and his foals.