As equestrians, we’ve learned to appreciate a handsome, hunky, horse. #StallionSunday highlights the stunning line of stallions that are available at Hilltop Farm. Offering a variety of bloodlines, types, temperaments, and athletic specialties, Hilltop Farm stallions compliment a wide spectrum of mares. Today we highlight their talented stallion, Popeye.
This #StallionSunday we’re featuring a small but mighty stallion. Popeye is the result of of generations of selective breeding with the goal of creating the ultimate sport pony. Popeye’s career began in Germany, with him being placed fourth at his stallion rating, receiving an average score of 8.3. His Stallion Index scores of 227.5 points rank him among the top 20 of all ISR/OldenburgNA stallions (horses & ponies).
14.2h | 2002 | Westfalen Pony Stallion
FS Pour l’Amour – Night Star I – Nobel
Popeye came to Hilltop Farm during the summer of 2007. He competed at various breed shows and with numerous wins, easily qualified for the USDF/GAIG East Coast Stallion Final to be held at Dressage at Devon. Under the lights in the Dixon Oval, Popeye impressed both the spectators and the judges and was the Reserve Champion of the USDF/GAIG East Coast Stallion Final. He returned the next day to in the Westfalen class with a score over 80% – one of the highest of the entire weekend. Popeye has competed up to Fourth Level dressage, with scores into the 70’s. He has also competed up to training level eventing.
There’s more than just talent to Popeye, as his pedigree represents some of the finest German sport pony bloodlines. On both sides, Popeye’s lineage has received top scores and placings at performance tests and Bundeschampionat qualifications and results.
Popeye has been bred to both pony and horse mares with outstanding results. Like their father, they are sensible and willing under saddle with the potential for the highest levels of athleticism and talent. During an inspection for one of Popeye’s foals, one of the inspectors commented, “the only problem will be finding someone who can ride this movement.” Kind eyes, intelligent and willing characters, and three quality gaits have come through strongly in Popeye’s early foal crops. He had a 75% Premium success rate with his first two foal crops and those that have been out showing are winning against the horses.
Visit Hilltop Farm to learn more about Popeye‘s performance tests, career highlights, and breeding information.