Culpepper Dressage Show

Hilltop News Culpepper Dressage Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> We had a great weekend on June 18-19 at the Culpepper Dressage Show.  Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) continues to be rock solid at Third Level.  He earned a 70.6% in his Freestyle and won Third Level Test 3 with a 69.4%.  Marydell Farm’s David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) won his Four-Year Old test each day with a 77.8% and a 78.8%.  The judges’ comments were glowing about this young stallion and we look forward to the next steps in his career.  Michael’s student Beth Custalow rode her own Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) earned a 2nd and 1st place in her Fourth Level Test 3 classes.  Quinnten Alston was also busy handling for clients at the concurrent Breed Show.  We so appreciate Rosinburg Events and other show managers continuing to hold USDF Breed Shows for our young horses.  And speaking of appreciation, Michael’s fabulous groom Natalie Wolfer was awarded the Best Groom Award! 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 Jan, 2016 Riverman USEF Leading Eventing Sire With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines. Click to...

Hilltop Foaling Season Updates

Hilltop News Hilltop Foaling Season Updates Return to All Hilltop News >>> Our last two foals are safely on the ground!  Congratulations to Gavin Parfit and Isabel Barzun on the arrival of a very good-looking, light chestnut colt by Florianus II and out of Elite Romy (Gribaldi-Casanova).  Congratulations to Arlette Johnson on her second Talisman foal.  Her lovely Thoroughbred mare Picture Perfect (aka Anique) produced a handsome, long-legged bay colt just this morning.  As of 5:30am on Monday, June 20th the 2016 foaling season has officially come to a close at Hilltop Farm.  Thank you especially to our wonderful Raising Manager Melissa Burke for all the attention and focus she directs to these mares and foals.  Thank you also to our dedicated foal watchers who are carefully watching these mares every night.  Job well done! 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 Jan, 2016 Riverman USEF Leading Eventing Sire With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Aug, 2016 Tips on Showing Sport Horses In Hand Whether you are learning about showing your...

VADA/NOVA Breed Show

Hilltop News VADA/NOVA Breed Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> Quinnten Alston handled a number of horses for the VADA/NOVA Breed Show at Morven Park on June 10th.  Iris Aberbach’s Jamaica A (Ampère-Bugatti) was a superstar for her first time off farm, winning her Two-Year Old Fillies class and then going on to be named Filly Champion, Young Horse Champion, and Overall Grand Champion!  She also won the Dutch Warmblood IBC class and was High Score for the day.  This fantastic filly is out of a full-sister to Iris’s very successful FEI horse Boxster A and is definitely one to watch for the future. Chelsea and Linda Allen’s Wingman (WakeUp x Royal Beauty), also on his first trip off farm, won his Yearling Colts/Geldings Class and was then named Reserve Champion Colt.  Margaretta Frederick’s Coeur De Lion (Coeur d’Amour-Fit to Fight xx) placed 4th in a large Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class and also placed 5th in the Oldenburg GOV IBC. A few clients joined as at the show with their young horses too. Nancy Twenhafel’s Kinettic (Netto-Donarweiss) won the Yearling Fillies and placed 2nd in the Dutch Warmblood IBC. In the Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class, Marne Martin Tucker’s Senzation (Sezuan – Jazztime) was 2nd and Amber and Eric Fies’ Sieg (Sir Gregory-Donnerhall) placed 6th. Thank you to the volunteers and show organizers at Morven Park enough for putting on such a well-run (and fun!) event. 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....

Witness Wins with a 73.8%

Hilltop News Witness Wins with a 73.8% Return to All Hilltop News >>> DVCTA held their recognized Dressage show at Dunmovin’ Farm on June 5th.  Michael Bragdell and Witness put in an excellent Grand Prix test to earn a 73.8%.  In addition to winning their FEI Test of Choice class, they were also High-Score FEI for the show.  Thank you to the wonderful DVCTA volunteers who put on this show. 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 Jan, 2016 Riverman USEF Leading Eventing Sire With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Aug, 2016 Tips on Showing Sport Horses In Hand Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell. Click to View Article May, 2013 Behind The Scenes – Hilltop Farm: American Quality The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a...

Hilltop Foaling Season Comes to a Close

Hilltop News Hilltop Foaling Season Comes to a Close Return to All Hilltop News >>> Foaling season is continuing along at a rapid pace here at Hilltop and we thought it was past time for some updates.  Congratulations to Melissa Stubenberg on the arrival of Corusca, a strong, well-built filly by Calucci and out of the Thoroughbred mare Korageous Kelly.  Rue has a beautiful neck, good bone, and is very athletic.  The first pony foal to be born at Hilltop has finally arrived!  Arlette Johnson’s Welsh-Thoroughbred mare Lily was bred last year to the jumper pony Woodbury’s Harlequin and the colt, Harley’s Davidson, is a wonderful combination of his parents. With a beautiful head and an impish expression, we are all totally smitten.  Next we were excited to see what Catherine Haddad’s fabulous mare Raureif would produce this year and we weren’t disappointed.  Bred to Vitalis, she’s given Catherine a leggy, uphill bay filly with a nice bit of chrome.  Just last night, Melissa’s second mare Whizzo (White Magic-Lemon) gave birth to a very tall bay colt by Persiflage.  Whizzo’s foals tend to be very good movers and we’re excited for this boy to get outside in the coming days.  Only a few more mares to foal out here at the farm this season. 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 Jan, 2016 Riverman USEF Leading Eventing Sire With...