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.
Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate 15 wonderful years at Hilltop Farm! Over 350 people attended this colorful afternoon celebration on Saturday, October 28. We so appreciate the rave reviews over our main event, the music-filled presentation of our stallion line-up and their offspring. We also appreciate everyone’s time, support, and good wishes. Friends and customers traveled as far as from Chicago, Kansas, and South Carolina to celebrate with us.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.