In Memoriam - Festrausch (1994-2014)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Festrausch (Florestan) stood at Hilltop Farm until moving to Casanova College. (Photo: Essence of Equine)
Festrausch (Florestan) stood at Hilltop Farm until moving to Casanova College. (Photo: Essence of Equine)

It is with great sadness that Cazenovia College and Hilltop Farm share the news of the passing of Festrausch last month in Cazenovia, NY. A dynamic personality with world-class movement, this special stallion has left an undeniable impression on all who've come in contact with him. The handsome son of Florestan was an early winner in Materiale classes in Germany. Under Dr. Ulf Moeller, Festrausch placed 4th at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in 1999. He was purchased by Hilltop Farm in 2000 and paired with Scott Hassler for the remainder of his career. Approved by multiple breeding associations, Festrausch had a very positive influence in North American breeding. He sired an approved stallion, multiple Premium mares and foals, Devon Champions, and USDF All-Breeds winners.

Late in 2010 Festrausch moved to Cazenovia College. He spent the last four years continuing to breed, but most importantly, he has also helped educate the students in Cazenovia's Equine Reproduction courses. Festrausch considered the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center his domain and it seemed only fitting that he had an entire 'staff' of students to fulfill his every need. Assistant Professor Carol Buckhout and Farm Operations Manager Stefani Watson and the College staff oversaw every detail and need for Festrausch's comfort, health, and happiness throughout his time at the College. For all who have shared in Festrausch's life, his spirit will be greatly missed.