PVDA 14th Annual Ride for Life

Hilltop News PVDA 14th Annual Ride for Life Return to All Hilltop News >>> The PVDA Ride for Life show is always a fun one to fit in our schedule and benefits a wonderful cause in fundraising for the Johns Hopkins Breast Center.  This year, Michael took Faberge Blue and Debonair MF down to Prince Georges Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Faberge Blue, owned by Lara & Mitch Mitchelson and bred by Lazy J Sporthorses, won his Fourth Level Freestyle with an impressive 77%.  Debonair MF, owned and bred by Marydell Farm, won both his USEF Four-Year Old classes including his Qualifier with an overall 8.2.  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 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...

Dressage at Dunmovin’

Hilltop News Dressage at Dunmovin’ Return to All Hilltop News >>> We love the mid-week shows!  Michael used the Dunmovin’ Dressage Show this week as the first outing of the year for Kaja Brix’s Feurbach (Florestan-Welcome) and his 1st time doing the Intermediare I. We were very happy with his score of 67+%, 1st place for the FEI TOC class, and High-Score FEI test. 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 relatively rural section of Maryland is...

Cyrus (Contucci-Cor Noir) and Ribot (Reno-Cor Noir)

Hilltop News Cyrus (Contucci-Cor Noir) and Ribot (Reno-Cor Noir) Return to All Hilltop News >>> We received a wonderful update from Carla Bahr of Ontario earlier this week. Carla owns Cyrus (Contucci x Corthena/Cor Noir) and Ribot (Reno x Corthena/Cor Noir), both bred by Hilltop Farm. We’ve enjoyed following both Cyrus and Ribot throughout their successful careers in the dressage ring. Carla shared: “Ribot had a very successful weekend at CornerStone Farms Gold Dressage Show at Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, Ontario. Ridden by Tom Dvorak, Ribot was 3rd in the Prix St Georges (69.145%) and in the Intermediare 1 (70.526%). Meanwhile Ribot’s half-brother Cyrus (by Contucci), also ridden by Tom Dvorak, was 1st (72.895%) and 2nd (70.789%) in the same classes.”   Carla also shared a milestone achievement Cyrus recently reached; Cyrus competed in his first CDI this spring! Cyrus started off his FEI career on a high note, Carla noted: “Cyrus competed in his first CDI at the Ottawa Dressage Festival in May, placing 3rd in both the Prix St Georges (70.570%) and the Intermediare 1 (69.167%).” Congratulations to owner Carla Bahr and rider Tom Tvorak on the exceptional success of both Cyrus and Ribot this year! 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...

Smooth Operator III (Jaguar Mail x Warrior Princess)

Jaguar Mail News Smooth Operator III (Jaguar Mail x Warrior Princess) Jaguar Mail News >>> Sarah Hankin of the United Kingdom had nothing but good things to say about her 8-year old Jaguar Mail Gelding, Smooth Operator III (Jaguar Mail x Warrior Princess).  Sarah shared, “Smooth Operator is currently competing with Matthew Owen, owner of Horse Help UK, at BE100 and aiming for novice at the end of the season. He is a cross country machine and loves his job, definitely one to look out for in the future.”  Best of luck with the 2017 show season! Jaguar Mail News Jaguar Mail Foal Announcements: 7-06-17: Congratulations Andrea Baxter of Robels, CA on the arrival of your new Jaguar Mail colt, born to your Oldenburg mare Carrera on March 1st! Andrea has decided that the perfect name for her new arrival will be Cayman. >>> Smooth Operator III (Jaguar Mail x Warrior Princess): Sarah Hankin of the United Kingdom had nothing but good things to say about her 8-year old Jaguar Mail Gelding, Smooth Operator III (Jaguar Mail x Warrior Princess). >>> Jaguar Rosette (Jaguar Mail – Riverman): It’s always great to see breeders’ offspring showing such promise for their intended discipline. Breeder, Eileen Pritchard-Bryan, shared an update on her yearling Jaguar Mail-Riverman filly at the close of the 2016 show season. “Jaguar Rosette WG (Jaguar Mail x Ravissante/Riverman) earned a 79.25% and first place in her first Yearling Future Event Horse class. >>> View All Jaguar Mail News Hilltop Farm,...

Kinettic (Netto – Donarweiss)

Netto News Kinettic (Netto – Donarweiss) View All Netto News >>> One of the most fun pieces of breed shows is connected with the clients and horses we don’t see on a regular basis.  Nancy Twenhafel’s Kinettic (Netto x Donarsagan), bred by Firemist Farm, spent a short time in our Raising Program so we enjoy still being able to be a small part of her development. Kinettic recently showed at the VADA/Nova Breed Show at Morven Park and Nancy shared this wonderful update with us: “VADA Nova Breed show went very well with Quinnten handling Kinettic. She placed second in 2-Year Old Fillies with a score of 74.025 and comments include well balanced and clear rhythm. She placed 3rd in KWPN class, with score of 73.025. Many thanks to Quinnten and Hilltop team for making the show a great success for Kinettic and I!!” Congratulation on a great show Nancy! Netto News Kinettic (Netto-Donarweiss): We were happy to meet up with Nancy Twenhafel and Kinettic (Netto x Donarsagan/Donarweiss), bred by Firemist Farm, at the Virginia Summer Breed Show. >>> Kinettic (Netto – Donarweiss): One of the most fun pieces of breed shows is connected with the clients and horses we don’t see on a regular basis. Nancy Twenhafel’s Kinettic (Netto x Donarsagan), bred by Firemist Farm, spent a short time in our Raising Program so we enjoy still being able to be a small part of her development. >>> Dressage At Devon: All of us here at Team Hilltop enjoyed another successful year at Dressage at Devon 2016. With the help of King Santacruz, Quinnten and Michael presented a...