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!
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
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 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.