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.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.