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!
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.
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.
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.