Contucci (Photo: Alix Coleman)

Hilltop Farm sadly shared the news of Contucci’s passing last Friday. The great stallion lived a wonderful 27 years, with 22 of them spent at Hilltop.

Contucci (Caprimond x Lungau) was bred in Germany by Klaus Storbeck and won the dressage portion of his 100-Day Test with an impressive 147.11 points. He was purchased by Jane MacElree in 1998 and has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion roster ever since. Contucci’s impact on North American breeding has been significant. His accolades include the titles USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and USEF Dressage Sire of the Year, and he has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the USEF Sire Rankings for the past five years. Contucci proved time and again his ability to sire winning offspring at every level, including producing performance champions. He has sired licensed stallions and many premium/elite mares and his influence on US dressage breeding will be felt for generations to come.

Contucci’s character endeared him to everyone who had the pleasure of working with him over his many years at Hilltop. He was truly a great one!