2017 ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection

Hilltop News 2017 ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection Return to All Hilltop News >>> Our ISR/Oldenburg Inspection is at a close. Two fun-filled days catching up with so many friends and breeders we get to see every year. One stallion was licensed – Marydell Farm’s Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon). Two mares completed the Mare Performance Test, with the Champion being Eiffel (Escudo II-Donnerwerth). A total of 15 mares were presented and inspected for breeding, including 2 sport pony mares. Twenty-one foals were also presented on Saturday. Nine foals were given the Premium Foal award. They were: Beth Gettle’s Qretiquette (Qredit-Contucci) Res Ch Filly, Urusula Ferrier’s Islander (Innverness-Sandro Hit), Melissa Stubbenberg’s Perseus (Pikko del Cerro HU-Obadiah) Res Ch Colt, Elizabeth Callahan’s Lanikai (Levisonn-A Fine Romance), Trestle Tree Farm’s Talulah T (Talisman-Popeye K), Champion Filly, Eileen Pritchard-Bryan’s Daedalus WG (Doctor Wendell MF-Blumin Affair), Lesley Feakins’ Wrosalie (Wicked Courtjester-Nieuwmoeds Patrick), Silver Fern Farm’s Silverfern Rakaia (Riverman x Lumiere), and Ashley Seufer’s Empire’s Walk A Mile (Empire’s Power-Riverman) Champion Colt. Thank you to all the participants and spectators! 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...

Blue Goose Dressage

Hilltop News Blue Goose Dressage Return to All Hilltop News >>> It was perfect horse show weather at Blue Goose Dressage III on Wednesday.  Both Jess and Michael took a few horses for final qualifiers for Regionals.  Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach won his FEI Test of Choice with a score of 67% in the Intermediare I with Michael.  Following up with Faberge Blue, Michael again earned a 67%+ and was 2nd in the Prix St. Georges.  Faberge Blue is owned by Lara & Mitch Mitchelson.  Next up was Jess with Michelle Robert’s Hanoverian Mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss-Wallstreet Kid).  Already qualified for Regionals, this show was especially important for Sagan as it would fulfill the sport requirements for her AHS Elite/Premium status.  With a 68.5% they easily accomplished this goal and were High-Score Second Level for the show.  Jess wrapped up the day with Quinzy HTF placing 1st & 2nd in Training 1 & Training 2 and earning scores just under/over 71% in both classes. 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...

ISR/Oldenburg Inspection Schedule

Hilltop News ISR/Oldenburg Inspection Schedule Return to All Hilltop News >>> We’re looking forward to hosting the ISR/Oldenburg Inspection on August 11-12 at Hilltop Farm! Check out the schedule here. Spectators are welcome to join for a great educational experience, and can pre-register for lunch (no food trucks this year) by emailing inspections@hilltopfarminc.com. Please plan on leaving your canine partners at home.  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 just one...

Michael Qualifies Six for USEF Young/Developing Championships

Hilltop News Michael Qualifies Six for USEF Young/Developing Championships Return to All Hilltop News >>> Michael Bragdell succeeded in his big crazy goal for the year! The ranking lists have closed and he has qualified SIX horses for the US Equestrian Young/Developing Horse Championships Lamplight Equestrian Center August 24-27.  It’s going to be a busy week for sure but we can hardly wait.  The horses traveling to Chicago will include: Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Sandro Hit), 4yr old US-bred Hanoverian Stallion, owned/bred by Maryanna Haymon SenSation HW (Sunday-Dancier), 4yr old Westfalen gelding, owned by Carol McPhee and bred by Alfons Bergjohann Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit), 6yr old Oldenburg Stallion, owned by Anne Howard and bred by Otto Langemeyer Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), 7yr old US-bred Hanoverian Stallion, owned by Hilltop Farm and bred by Rachel E. Ehrlich Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat), 7yr old US-bred KWPN gelding, owned by William Mitchelson and bred by Marie Emrey Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback-Dream of Glory), 9yr old US-bred Oldenburg Stallion, owned by Hilltop Farm and bred by Judy G Yancey Congratulations and THANK YOU to all the owners and breeders of these wonderful horses! And good luck and safe travels to all the riders and horses coming to the Championships. Should be a very fun 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...

By Chance Dressage I & II

Hilltop News By Chance Dressage I & II Return to All Hilltop News >>> Despite a dismal weather forecast, Jessica Fay and Natalie Wolfer headed off to another horse show this weekend.  The wonderful volunteers and management at By Chance Farm had a big job with all the rain, but did the best possible job coping with the conditions and thankfully by Sunday we were all drying out a bit.  Jess took out two of her training horses for their first horse shows. Melanie Zentgraf’s Quite Special (Quite Easy) won his Training 1 test and placed 4th in Saturday’s Training 2.  By Sunday, he had the whole show routine down and won his Training Level Test 1 with an impressive 72%.  Michelle Robert’s homebred mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss) had a fantastic day on Saturday winning the Second Level Test 3 with a score of 71.585% and followed it up with a win on Sunday with a 77.8%  What a start to her show career! Natalie rode Jess’s homebred mare Veraki (by Riverman), winning both their Third Level Test 3 Adult Amateur classes this weekend with scores of 64% & 68% and finished off Natalie’s USDF Bronze Medal! Natalie is usually behind the scenes making sure Michael and his horses look their best so we are thrilled she got to have some fun and go show this weekend! 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...