2017 USEF Young/Developing Horse Championships

Hilltop News 2017 USEF Young/Developing Horse Championships Return to All Hilltop News >>> The USEF Young and Developing Horse Championships remain a highlight of our show plans every year.  With only the top 15 of each age group invited to the Finals, the competition is intense yet the sense of comradery and enthusiasm is one of the best of all the shows.  It’s especially educational to see many of the horses back year-after-year and watch their development up the levels.  This year, Michael qualified an impressive SIX horses for the Finals!  The two 4-year olds started the week off well.  Carol McPhee’s SenSation HW (Sunday-Dancier) has only been with Michael since the beginning of June, but is advancing well in the work.  He offered two harmonious, flowing tests which earned a 5th place in the Preliminary and a 6th place overall with a final score of 7.472.  Marydell Farm’s Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon) showed a lot of composure for a young stallion.  While the connection could be a bit steadier, he remains supple and swinging in his work and the walk is a real highlight.  He placed 5th in the Preliminary test and moved up to 5th in the overall standings with a score of 7.692.  This placing will also fulfill his sport requirements for ISR/OldenburgNA.  Competing on the same days as the 4-year olds, was the Developing Prix St. Georges division for horses ages 7 to 9 years old.  Michael’s two 7-year olds have had great seasons so far and produced two solid tests each.  Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), bred by Rachel Ehrlich and owned by...

Finery Foal Announcements

Finery News Finery Foal Announcements View All Finery News >>> 2017 Foals Anne Early of Coyote Ridge Farm in N. Brookfield, MA is so pleased to announce the arrival of her new Finery filly! This precious new arrival was born to Anne’s Hanoverian mare Welshanti on May 31st and Anne says that she is outgoing and strong, an amazing mover and that she is completely in love with her! Congratulations on this sweet new addition to your farm, Anne! Finery News 2017 USEF Young/Developing Horse Championships: The USEF Young and Developing Horse Championships remain a highlight of our show plans every year. With only the top 15 of each age group invited to the Finals, the competition is intense yet the sense of comradery and enthusiasm is one of the best of all the shows. >>> Finery Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Anne Early of Coyote Ridge Farm in N. Brookfield, MA is so pleased to announce the arrival of her new Finery filly! This precious new arrival was born to Anne’s Hanoverian mare Welshanti on May 31st and Anne says that she is outgoing and strong, an amazing mover and that she is completely in love with her! Congratulations on this sweet new addition to your farm, Anne! >>> ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows: Team Hilltop had a super time at the ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows at the New Jersey Horse Park. It’s apparent they’ve put a lot of work into managing the footing from previous years and the volunteers are wonderful. >>> View All Finery News Hilltop Farm,...

ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows

Hilltop News ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows Return to All Hilltop News >>> Team Hilltop had a super time at the ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows at the New Jersey Horse Park.  It’s apparent they’ve put a lot of work into managing the footing from previous years and the volunteers are wonderful. In the Breed Show, the yearling fillies Colette HTF (Contucci-Royal Prince) and Shiraz HTF (Sternlicht-Negro) couldn’t have been better behaved for their first show. Colette won the Yearling Fillies class, was Reserve Champion Filly, Reserve Champion Young Horse, and was 2nd in the AHS class on Day 1 and 3rd in the Yearling Fillies class on Day 2. Shiraz, owned by Patricia Hovington, was 2nd in the Yearling Fillies and 3rd in the Filly Championship on both days and won the AHS class on Saturday. Continuing with our homebreds, Jess Fay had a great outing with the Qredit mares Quinzy HTF (ds. Cordoba) and Qindle HTF (ds. Royal Prince). Qindle placed 5th in her Training Level 2 class with a 65% on Saturday and was 1st & 2nd in her Training 2 & 3 classes with scores of 67% on Sunday. Quinzy had a big weekend, winning all four of her First Level Tests and being High-Score of the show on both Saturday & Sunday with scores of 75% & 77.5% Michael Bragdell took three stallions up for their USEF Qualifiers. Qredit did his first Intermediate II Test and laid down a really solid ride that earned an impressive 72% on Saturday.  He then placed 2nd in his Developing Grand Prix test on Sunday with a score of...

Dressage At Devon

Hilltop News Dressage At Devon Return to All Hilltop News >>> All of us here at Team Hilltop enjoyed another successful year at Dressage at Devon 2016. With the help of King Santacruz, Quinnten and Michael presented a number of Hilltop-sired or client-owned horses to top placings over the course of the week. Despite the usual small bit of rainy weather, we were happy to catch up with clients, friends, and even welcome a few new faces into the Hilltop barns. Devon has consistently been a perfect setting for one of the final big shows of the year, and we extend our gratitude to show management and the volunteers for making all of it possible.  We congratulate all of our owners and clients on their successes at Devon! Breed Show Results:  Stenager’s Welina (Wilkens – Sandro Hit), Owned by Nancy Radtke Dressage at Devon Grand Champion Champion Mature Horse Champion Mare GAIG/USDFBC East Coast Final Mare Champion Winner of 4 Years Old & Older Maiden Mares Winner of Danish IBC Finery (Furstenball – Diamond Hit), Owned by Anne Howard & Bred by Otto Langemeyer Dressage at Devon Reserve Grand Champion Reserve Champion Mature Horse Champion Stallion Winner of 4 Years Old & Older Stallions  Royal Celeste FH (Royal Classic – Diamond Hit), Owned/Bred by Eliza Rutherford & Leased by Quinnten Alston & Jonathan Clark Champion Young Horse Champion Filly Winner of Three Year Old Fillies Born in the USA for Three Year Old Fillies Overall High Score of Breed Show  Diamond Quinn (Diamond Hit – Quaterback), Owned/Bred by Susan Graham White and Deborah Bly Reserve Champion Young Horse Champion Colt Winner of Yearling Colts/Geldings Born...

ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection

Hilltop News ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection Return to All Hilltop News >>> Our annual ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection was held August 12-13th and we saw a large, diverse group of good quality horses over the two days. Five stallions were licensed: Chester (Cunningham-Padinus), Heroic Times (Goodtimes-Michellino), Stormy River DZ (San Amour-Weltmeyer), Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit), and Rubinero (Rubinstein-Ex Libris).  Having already fulfilled their performance requirements, Stormy River DZ & Rubinero have achieved their Lifetime Approval.  The other three stallions received a Certified Breeding License which is good for two years while they complete their performance requirements. Five mares participated in the Mare Performance Test with Beaucoup d’Amis (Bugatti-Contucci), bred by Janice Barnes and owned by Trisha DeRosa being the high-scoring mpt with an overall 74.7. Seven mares were presented for Studbook inspection on Day 1. Premium Mares were Beaucoup D’Amis and Remarkable (Redwine-Evening Kris xx). Day 2 of the inspection was filled with mares and foals.  An additional 11 mares were presented with Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) earning the only Premium Mare Award for the day.  Twenty-two foals, including 4 ponies, were then presented.  Premium Awards were given to Jin (Jazz-Good As Gold) bred by Lauren Efford/Goldhope Farm, Harley’s Davidson (Woodbury’s Harlequin-Colwyn Llewelyn) bred by Arlette Johnson, Forrest Fern (Forrest Flame-Merrie Moscan) bred by Lesley Feakins, Sambuca (Sternlicht-Pointmaker) bred by Kathy LaCroix, Quiet Riot (Quaterback-Cor Noir) bred by Horse Power Inc, Perfect Storm (Cunningham-Popeye K) bred by Maple Run Farm, Alemana (Aloha-Sky Classic) bred by Beth Lawrence, and Galway (Grafenstolz-Riverman) bred by Elizabeth Callahan.  Top colt was Alemana and Top Filly was Forrest Fern.  Congratulations to all! Thank you to the Hilltop staff, all...