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.
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.