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 favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
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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.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.