Blue Goose Dressage
It was perfect horse show weather at Blue Goose Dressage III on Wednesday. Both Jess and Michael took a few horses for final qualifiers for Regionals. Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach won his FEI Test of Choice with a score of 67% in the Intermediare I with Michael. Following up with Faberge Blue, Michael again earned a 67%+ and was 2nd in the Prix St. Georges. Faberge Blue is owned by Lara & Mitch Mitchelson. Next up was Jess with Michelle Robert’s Hanoverian Mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss-Wallstreet Kid). Already qualified for Regionals, this show was especially important for Sagan as it would fulfill the sport requirements for her AHS Elite/Premium status. With a 68.5% they easily accomplished this goal and were High-Score Second Level for the show. Jess wrapped up the day with Quinzy HTF placing 1st & 2nd in Training 1 & Training 2 and earning scores just under/over 71% in both classes.
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
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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 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.