Blue Goose Dressage Show #1
It was a beautiful, sunny day for the first show in the Blue Goose Dressage Series this year. Hilltop trainer Jess Fay the young mares Qindle and Quinzy had a great outing on Wednesday. Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba) was 4th in First Level Test 3 with a 69% earning her first qualifying score for Regionals. Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) was super in her first Training Level Test 3 and earned a 70% and the High-Score Training Level award. Michael’s student Beth Custalow had a successful first-time outing at Prix St. Georges with her longtime partner Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant). Looking forward to the next few shows!
The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory).
The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.