VADA/Nova Autumn Dressage

Hilltop News VADA/Nova Autumn Dressage Return to All Hilltop News >>> Team Hilltop started off the fall show season with VADA/ Nova’s Autumn Dressage at Morven Park on September 13th and 14th. Michael Bragdell rode Iris Aberbach’s Bugatti gelding, Boxster A, in Saturday’s 4th Level Test 2 and Sunday’s Prix St. Georges, winning both with a 75.811% and a 70.526% respectively. Michael and Faberge Blue, Mitch and Lara Mitchelson’s 4 year old Contango gelding, placed fourth in Saturday’s Training Level Test 3 with a 73.4% and won Sunday’s same test with a strong 78.4%. Look for both of these horses at the USDF Region 1 Championships in North Carolina this October. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Oct, 2014 CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%. Click to View Article Jan, 2015 Royal Prince (1999 – 2015) It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Milestones & Articles Hilltop Articles & Interviews Oct, 2008 Domestically-bred Hanoverians Triumph in the 2008 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships in Lexington, Kentucky In the...

Dressage at Stone Tavern

Hilltop News Dressage at Stone Tavern Return to All Hilltop News >>> On August 31st, Team Hilltop traveled to the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown to compete in the Dressage at Stone Tavern Breed Show. Beth Custalow’s lovely yearling Bugatti filly, Bugatti’s Ballerina, placed third in both her age group and her Hanoverian breed class. Not to be outdone, Beth Gildea’s two year old Quite Easy filly, Elizabeth’s Elan, received a 75.3% and a third place in her age group. Hilltop handler, Quinnten Alston, also handled several horses from other farms at the show including Paula Bryum’s two year old Royal Prince gelding Rex Roland who was Reserve Champion in both the Colt/ Gelding Championship and the Young Horse Championship and Mo Swanson’s Shabrina who won Champion Mare, Champion Mature Horse and Reserve Grand Champion. Congratulations to all! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Sep, 2016 2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year. Click to View Article Nov, 2011 Hilltop’s 20th Anniversary Celebration It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm. Click to View Article Click Here to View More...

World Equestrian Games

Hilltop News World Equestrian Games Return to All Hilltop News >>> The World Equestrian Games is certainly the highlight competition for this season with the very best competitors in each discipline, including reining, driving, vaulting, and the para-equestrian competitions.  It’s always interesting to evaluate such a wide demographic of bloodlines and this year we were very excited to see offspring, “grand-children,” and even half siblings to some of the stallions in the Hilltop Farm line-up competing at such a prestigious event. Once again a shining star, Valegro (Negro-Gershwin) and Charlote Dujardin continue to impress with the consistency of their performances, adding another Championship and World Title to their resume. A highlight for Valegro and Charlotte at the games was their Freestyle which earned a score of 92%.  The versatility we see in jumper stallion Quite Easy’s offspring was showcased with Vancouver (Quite Easy-Ahorn) and Thy’s Que Faire (Quite Easy-Ladoga) competing in Dressage and Para-Dressage respectively.  Thy’s Que Faire and Denmark’s Susanne Jensby Sunesen aided the Danish team to a 5th place finish and finished 5th place individually for Grade III Para-Dressage. Ramiro B eventing offspring, Ballynoe Castle RM (Ramiro B-Blue Laser xx) and Buck Davidson had a strong performance in dressage but, unfortunately, had to retire during the cross country phase.  We look forward to seeing this competitive pair out competing again in the near future.  Formerly part of the Hilltop stallion line-up, Del Piero had one offspring competing in the Para-Dressage.  Del Rusch (Del Piero-World Cup) and Germany’s Carolin Schnarre helped their team secure the Bronze Team Medal and finished 7th individually for Grade IV Para-Dressage. Other highlights...

Benediction (Bugatti x Heartbreak Hill xx)

Bugatti News Benediction (Bugatti x Heartbreak Hill xx) View All Bugatti News >>> Marina McCoy’s Bugatti Colt Benediction was named both a Premium Foal and High Point Foal of his ISR/Oldenburg inspection. Congratulations Marina! Bugatti News Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul): We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT. Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! >>> VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show: It was a beautiful weekend in Virginia for the VADA/NOVA Fall Show. Michael took Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach out for a warm-up before Regionals. They won both their Intermediate I tests with a 66.9% and a 69.7%. >>> 2017 AHS/ARS Inspection: We had a fantastic inspection this past week with an overwhelming super quality in the foals. The event started however with two stallions being accepted for AHS/ARS. >>> View All Bugatti News Hilltop Farm,...

Qrimson Skye (Qredit-Fair Skies)

Qredit News Qrimson Skye (Qredit-Fair Skies) View All Qredit News >>> Qrimson Skye was awarded Silver Premium status at her RPSI inspection. Her movement score was a highlight earning an 8.2, the highest movement score of the day. Breeder Tamber Waide couldn’t be happier with the filly’s movement, level headed temperament, and lovely personality. Congratulations Tamber! Qredit News Qredit & Sternlicht Chosen for USEF Development Program: It's official and we're thrilled to share the exciting news that Michael Bragdell has been selected for the Development Program with both Qredit - Oldenburg Stallion and Sternlicht! >>> Qredit Wins US Dressage Finals: Congratulations Qredit & Michael! What a way to end the season. Michael decided to only take one horse to Nationals in Kentucky this year, but it was a perfect trip. >>> Quixotic KC (Qredit-Leonidas): Congratulations to breeder Irena Coz Lucas. Quixotic (Qredit x Good Mornin/Leonidas) was awarded Premium and High Point Champion Colt with an 8.2 at his ISR/Oldenburg inspection. >>> View All Qredit News Hilltop Farm,...