John McConnell – Hillcroft II

With 35 years of experience, Hillcroft II and John McConnell, are dedicated to helping take you and your horse to the next level, both in training and in the show arena, with an honest, fun, and creative approach. We train riders from beginning levels to Grand Prix and FEI with private and individual attention for all your needs.



John McConnell has been teaching and competing for over thirty-five years. His successes include thirty plus Grand Prix wins, a seventh place finish at the World Cup in Paris, France, a Nations Cup win in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and many placings in the FEI World Cup Qualifiers. He has also shown in Mexico and Canada. He was Chef D’Equipe for the Young Rider’s team in South Africa and here in the U.S.A., bringing along many students and horses from beginning to Grand Prix and FEI levels.

A few of our students’ recent accomplishments include:



Kristina Matthews and Neolisto van het Mierenhof 2017 Zone 8 AA Jumper Champions, USEF/CHJA AA Jumper of the Year, 2017 Colorado Summer Circuit AA Jumper Circuit Champions, 2017 Sportswomen of Colorado Outstanding Achievement Award in Equestrian Sport.



Katie Gualtieri and Castalano top placing in every Grand Prix and Welcome Stake entered in 2017. Over $65,000 in prize money won during the 2017 Summer in the Rockies Circuit and 2017 USEF/CHJA Horse of the Year.



Isabel Johnson and Carpe Diem top placings in U25 Grand Prix and 2017 Reserve Champion USEF Zone 8 High A/O Jumpers.



Shala McConnell and Southern Eyes top placing and multiple classic wins in the Low A/O Jumpers and 2018 Low A/O Champion Week 6 HITS Coachella Desert Circuit.




Our Premier Equestrian Facility, Castle Cliff Farms, is situated 20 miles south of Denver, Colorado and 5 miles north of Castle Rock, Colorado, adjacent to Castle Pines. 

Our boarding facilities include: 

• 29 12’x12′ heated indoor stalls

• 2 12’x16′ heated indoor stalls

• 100′ x 200′ indoor arena

• 200′ x 300′ outdoor arena

• Seven 4 acre grass pasture turnouts

• 20′ x 40′ tack room for boarders

• 5 wash stalls

• dressing room and restrooms 



Horse boarding rates include feed twice daily, turnout for 2.5 hours/day, stalls are cleaned twice a day, night check at 9 pm, timed automatic fly sprayer and automatic waters. Blanketing is provided when weather requires.



John McConnell and Hillcroft II are now accepting clients for the upcoming 2018 Show Season. Please contact John at 303-884-3269 or visit Hillcroft II.

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