Thursday, October 22, 2020

Riverman, 1990–2020

In Memoriam Riverman 1990–2020

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!

Riverman was one of the first stallions listed on this website, back when it was the Sporthorse Directory. He was listed here for just over 13 years. Rest in peace, Riverman. Our condolences to everyone who loved him.

Hilltop Farm stallions currently listed on this site:

C Olivo
Machin x Carbonero V
Elegant and modern PRE stallion!

Caprimond x Lungau
2x USEF Sire of the Year, offspring winning in-hand through Grand Prix

Lord Leatherdale x Negro
Stallion Test Champion, PAVO Cup Winner, and FEI Competitor

Fiti AL
Jondo x Empaque
First PRE Stallion Approved by the GOV & ARS!

Flamenco YM
Diamante Negro x Dadivoso IX
A modern PRE stallion offering FEI talent!

Fürst Belagio FOD
Fürst Belissaro x Rotspon
Newly AHS & ARS Approved!

GK Calucci
Calido I x Acord II
Grand Prix Show Jumper under professional & amateur riders

Gallant Reflection HU
Galant du Serein x Rohdiamant
Reserve Champion of his Stallion Test with scores over 120 points

George Clooney
De Niro x Wolkentanz
An excellent pedigree that is proven for top sport!

Lord Leatherdale x Negro
World Champion 7-Year Old

Johnson x Negro
Impressive FEI driven pedigree with names such as Jazz and Negro!

Negro x Jazz
KWPN Stallion Test Champion and Res. Champion at PAVO Cup Final!

Sir Donnerhall x Hemmingway
Exciting new option for 2020!

Louisville HTF
Lord Leatherdale x Negro
Cooled Semen Lord Leatherdale-Negro option!

Ferro x Variant
Sire of Olympic & World Champion Valegro!

Jazz x Aktion
Proven Sire of Top-Quality Dressage Horses - Highly Ranked on KWPN & WBFSH Standings

Pikko del Cerro HU
Pik L x Rohdiamant
International Grand Prix Dressage Stallion & 3x USEF National Championship Winner

FS Pour l'Amour x Night Star I
A sport pony with an unmatched record here in North America!

Quaterback x Dream of Glory
2x USDF Horse of the Year winner and Grand Prix Competitor

Royal Prince
Rohdiamant x Prince Thatch xx
4th at World Championships for Young Horses; 5x USEF Sire of the Year

Royal Prinz
Royal Diamond x Dream of Glory
Now Hanoverian approved!

Rubinstein I x Ex Libris
High-quality gaits, a gentleman’s character, and exceptional rideability

Soliman De Hus x Rascalino
3x US National Champion & USDF All-Breeds Winner

Toulon x Alexis Z
IJF winner, Exceptional choice for the Hunter and Jumper Market

Woodbury's Harlequin
Ferguson Uno x Moleview Mohawk
Offspring Inherit Beautiful Type & Scope

Riverman also has one approved son on this site: Rip Tide.

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