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 and we’ll start off with the youngster. David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) is bred and owned by Marydell Farm. His walk was the highlight and earned an 8.5 and 9 from the judges! Davey finished in 10th place overall at the USEF Four-Year Old National Championships. Michael agreed with the judges comments that a growth stage made the balance a little less consistent than it was earlier in the season, but the purity of his gaits and work ethic remain 100% solid and he’s looking forward to continuing his development.
Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), owned by Hilltop Farm, had a very good showing in the Six-Year Old Preliminary class Friday morning. His overall score of 7.98 put him in a strong position going into Sunday’s Final. In the Finals, Michael was able to ask Sternlicht for more power and the connection was steadier than in the Preliminary round. The handsome pair finished in 3rd place overall with an 8.028 in the USEF Six-Year Old National Championships. Sternlicht’s breeder, Rachel Ehrlich, deserves a special mention as he was also the Top-Scoring US-Bred horse.
Thank you to Michael’s sponsors, Purina Horse Feed, Hulsebos Saddles, and Cavallo who kept Michael and Sternlicht looking and feeling their best.
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.
Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) offspring typically share their sire’s stamp of refined, modern type, a correct foundation, and quality movement and those attributes are well-rewarded in the breed show ring. We are excited to share the news that Royal Prince has won the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for the FIFTH consecutive year...
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