By Chance Dressage I & II
Despite a dismal weather forecast, Jessica Fay and Natalie Wolfer headed off to another horse show this weekend. The wonderful volunteers and management at By Chance Farm had a big job with all the rain, but did the best possible job coping with the conditions and thankfully by Sunday we were all drying out a bit.
Jess took out two of her training horses for their first horse shows. Melanie Zentgraf’s Quite Special (Quite Easy) won his Training 1 test and placed 4th in Saturday’s Training 2. By Sunday, he had the whole show routine down and won his Training Level Test 1 with an impressive 72%. Michelle Robert’s homebred mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss) had a fantastic day on Saturday winning the Second Level Test 3 with a score of 71.585% and followed it up with a win on Sunday with a 77.8% What a start to her show career!
Natalie rode Jess’s homebred mare Veraki (by Riverman), winning both their Third Level Test 3 Adult Amateur classes this weekend with scores of 64% & 68% and finished off Natalie’s USDF Bronze Medal! Natalie is usually behind the scenes making sure Michael and his horses look their best so we are thrilled she got to have some fun and go show this weekend!
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).
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.