Lexington Spring Dressage

Hilltop News Lexington Spring Dressage Return to All Hilltop News >>> A busy week of horse shows continued for us with the Lexington Spring Dressage Show.  Showing stallions while there is a breed show also running on the show grounds can be a bit of a challenge at times, but Qredit and Sternlicht stayed focused on Michael and the work throughout the weekend.  Saturday began with Qredit winning his Third Level Test 2 class with a 68.4%.  Qredit’s power and expression catches spectators’ attention wherever he goes and it’s fun to watch a crowd follow him from warm-up to the show ring.  In the FEI Young Horse Test of Choice class, Sternlicht earned a 7.72 and also finished in 1st place over quite a large field.  Sunday saw a reversed order with Sternlicht starting the day in the USEF Four-Year Old qualifier.  His overall score was an 8.06 and one of the judges’ comments was “now this is a dressage horse!”  Competing for the first time in Third Level Test 3, Qredit once again won his class with a 68.7%.  The trot tour was a particular highlight and he shows such suppleness in his half-passes.  We’re in full swing with breeding season right now, so the boys will get a little break before they show again this summer. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2013 Royal Prince Honored for the Fifth Consecutive Year 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...

Qredit Wins 70-Day Stallion Test

Qredit News Qredit Wins 70-Day Stallion Test View All Qredit News >>> What a way to end the year!  The 2012 North American Stallion Test just finished this weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the results for Qredit when he finished as the Dressage Champion & Overall Champion at the the 2012 70-Day North American Stallion Test! He earned a 135.93 for his Dressage Index (1st), 113.16 for a Jumping Index (6th), and 126.59 Overall (1st). The team at Silver Creek did an excellent job caring for the stallions and we were impressed with the training program that Harald Hoffmann, the Training Director, had designed to prep each stallion in the best possible way for the finals. Natascha Feld was Qredit's rider throughout the testing and did an exemplary job showing him off.  We are grateful to everyone at the testing who made this such a positive experience.  Thank you! This year there was an overall high-quality of stallions in the testing, including some phenomenal jumpers.  Bon Balou was Jumper Champion and Bliss MF was Overall Reserve Champion. The final Testing Days were exciting to watch and it was especially noteworthy that many of the stallions attending were bred in North America.  Congratulations to all of the owners and breeders of these stallions.  It will be exciting to watch them and their offspring in the coming years. Qredit was presented at the conclusion of the test for Hanoverian approval and we are very happy to report that he is now approved with the AHS and the Hanoverian Verband, opening up further options for our breeders. 70-Day Testing Qredit News Qredit & Sternlicht Chosen for USEF Development Program:...

CDCTA Dressage at Morven Park

Hilltop News CDCTA Dressage at Morven Park Return to All Hilltop News >>> On the weekend of May 3rd & 4th, Hilltop’s trainer Michael Bragdell once again made the drive to Morven Park.  Only taking two horses with him, it turned into a very special weekend. First up was Iris Aberbach’s wonderful Bugatti gelding, Boxster A.  Michael’s been developing Boxster since he came to him for starting. Saturday’s Fourth 3 test was steady and harmonious and won the class with a 69.875%.  On Sunday, Boxster competed in his first Prix St. Georges test – those of you who’ve developed horses up the levels know how emotionally rewarding it is to see them take those first steps as an “FEI horse.”  Boxster and Michael earned a 66% in their first outing and placed 2nd in the large class.  We’re so proud of both of them on this big step up. Qredit couldn’t have had a much better weekend.  On Saturday Michael competed him at both Third Level Test 1 and Test 2 and earned scores of 78.2 & 80.7%!  A bit tired on Sunday, Qredit still rose to the occasion with a 74.6%.  His score sheets showed numerous 9’s and even one 10!  He was High-Score Third Level and Overall High-Score for the show. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2013 Royal Prince Honored for the Fifth Consecutive Year 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...

The Foals Continue to Arrive

Hilltop News The Foals Continue to Arrive Return to All Hilltop News >>> It’s a Foal Fest at Hilltop! We may have started a little slow, but the mares are making up for it now. On the night of April 10th, Gina Leslie’s lovely Elite Mare Lexus (Liberty Gold-Armin) had her first foal, a handsome black colt by Doctor Wendell MF. Just a few days later on April 16th it was another colt! Congratulations to Catherine Haddad Staller on the birth of her very flashy Don Principe colt out of her maiden mare Raureif (Ramiro’s Bube – DeNiro). More foals to come, but we are thrilled with the foal crop so far! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2013 Royal Prince Honored for the Fifth Consecutive Year 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... Click to View Article Nov, 2012 Qredit Wins the 70-Day Stallion Test What a way to end the year! The 2012 North American Stallion Test just finished this weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the results for Qredit when he finished as the Dressage Champion & Overall Champion at the the 2012 70-Day North American Stallion Test! Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Milestones & Articles Hilltop Articles & Interviews No Results Found The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search,...

Two More Foals

Hilltop News Two More Foals Return to All Hilltop News >>> We’re still in the midst of foaling season here at Hilltop Farm and have two more arrivals to announce.  On the afternoon of April 23rd, the first foal for Michelle Ryan’s lovely Bahia Breeze (Benetton Dream-Banditentraum) arrived.  He is a handsome colt by Contucci. It’s no surprise he’s a tall, strongly built chestnut and we can’t wait to show him off at his inspection.  Just a few days later we welcomed the second filly of the season. The veteran mare Marhaela (Hailo-Martini) gave Virginia Leary a beautiful, leggy filly by Don Hill.  Three more mares to go! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2013 Royal Prince Honored for the Fifth Consecutive Year 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... Click to View Article Nov, 2012 Qredit Wins the 70-Day Stallion Test What a way to end the year! The 2012 North American Stallion Test just finished this weekend and we couldn't be more pleased with the results for Qredit when he finished as the Dressage Champion & Overall Champion at the the 2012 70-Day North American Stallion Test! Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Milestones & Articles Hilltop Articles & Interviews No Results Found The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation...