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.
The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
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Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.
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.