Blue Goose Dressage Show
May 18th saw a break in the rainy weather – just in time for us to travel over to Blue Goose Stables in Cochranville, PA for their dressage show. Assistant Trainer Jessica Fay started the day off well with her own Veraki (by Riverman) placing 2nd in the Prix St. Georges with a 64.2% in their first outing of the year. Michael’s student Beth Custalow also earned 2nd place in Fourth Level Test 3 on her gelding Bvlgari (by Bordeaux). Jess next rode Beth Gildea’s 4-year old mare Elizabeth’s Elan (by Quite Easy) to place third in Training Level Test 3 and earn her second qualifying score for Regionals at only her second show. Head Trainer Michael Bragdell finished out the day strong with Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (by Contango). Debuting their Third Level Freestyle, the pair earned a 72.667% and received wonderful comments on their music. Hint….it’s from Michael’s favorite genre.
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category).
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.