In Memoriam - Hilltop Farm's Riverman
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Some endings you just can never be ready for and saying goodbye to Riverman has been one of those moments that proved impossible to prepare ourselves for. Despite the calendar saying he was 30 years old this year, Riverman had seemed to defy the idea of aging and we greedily hoped we would have more time with the grand stallion.
Bred by Adolf Ratjen, Riverman (Redfort-Landego) made his mark early being named Reserve Champion of his Holsteiner Licensing in 1992. Hilltop Farm was fortunate enough to acquire the handsome stallion in 1995 and his US debut culminated in winning the Grand Championship of Dressage at Devon. Breeders immediately took notice and his impact as a top-sire is undeniable. Riverman has been named the USEF Eventing Sire of the Year 5 times, was honored with the USEF South Pacific Award (for the Top US-based Show Jumping Sire) 3 times, was on the WBFSH Sire Rankings List, and has sired Grand Prix Jumpers, Grand Prix Dressage Horses, Advanced Level Eventers, Advanced Level Driving Horses, and numerous successful Hunters. His versatility as a sire was remarkable.
Riverman was also a bit of a rock star. He was often on the top of the list to see for visitors to the Hilltop Farm -- it didn't matter if they were breeders or what discipline they were interested in -- everyone knew of Riverman. He was a consummate showoff and loved when we did Stallion Shows. His music was always "Simply the Best" - one of the few musical selections that the staff agreed on unanimously. He also seemed to know when a camera was around and always had a bright expression and perfect pose ready.
So, while we feel broken hearted right now, we also know how incredibly blessed we have been to have Riverman at the center of life at Hilltop for 25 wonderful years. Thank you to all of River's people who have loved him so well!