Blue Goose August Dressage
The Blue Goose Dressage III show on August 6th was especially important to us here at Hilltop as it was Michael Bragdell’s Grand Prix debut on Marydell Farm’s Don Principe. Under Marilyn Heath, the pair put down a harmonious, clean test and earned a score of 68.5%. Highlights included an 8 for the first piaffe and 8’s for both the two-tempi and one-tempichanges. This is the fifth rider Don Principe has carried into a Grand Prix – what other horse can speak to that record? Hilltop’s young stallion Sternlicht also used this showing as a light outing before he heads to the USEF Young Horse Championships. This is only Sternlicht’s 3rd show this season and he once again won the Young Horse class, this time with a score of 7.76 overall. He’s training really well and we’re excited to head to Chicago in just 2 weeks’ time.
Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses.
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.