2017 Dressage at Devon

Hilltop News 2017 Dressage at Devon Return to All Hilltop News >>> Another Dressage at Devon is in the books for Team Hilltop.  Once again, we welcomed back King Santacruz to join Michael Bragdell in handling a number of Hilltop-sired and client-owned horses for Hilltop Farm. Thank you to Michael and King for a superb job with all the horses and to all the Hilltop staff both at home and at the show that pull this off year after year!  This Devon brought unseasonable warm weather and sunshine – a refreshing change from the typical rainy Devon weather. We’re so pleased with the entire group of young horses we took to the show – all came home with ribbons. Jamaica A (Ampere-Bugatti) – 4th in 3yr old Fillies & 3rd in USDF East Coast Filly Championship, owner/breeder Iris Aberbach Danae MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon) – 1st in 3-yr old Fillies with an 89%, Filly Champion, Young Horse Champion, & Grand Champion! owner/breeder Marydell Farm Kinettic (Netto-Donarweiss) – 6th in 2-yr old Fillies & 6th in the KWPN IBC with an 80%, owner Nancy Twenhafel/breeder Firemist Farm Shiraz HTF (Sternlicht-Negro) – 10th in the USDF East Coast Filly Championship, owner Patricia Hovington/breeder Hilltop Farm Savannah HTF (Sternlicht-Royal Prince) – 8th in the Yearling Fillies & 5th in the Hanoverian IBC, owner/breeder Hilltop Farm Cheap Trick (Contucci-Wonner) – 3rd in 3-yr old Colts/Geldings & 7th in the USDF East Coast Colt/Gelding Championship, owner/breeder Nancy Musser Delphenia (David Bowie MF-Wolkentanz) – 1st in Fillies of 2017, 3rd in the Devon Foal Championship, & 6th in the USDF East Coast Foal Championship, owner/breeder Angie Mirarchi Qaroline HTF (Qredit-Royal...

USDF Region 8 Championships

Hilltop News USDF Region 8 Championships Return to All Hilltop News >>> This year we again traveled to the USDF Region 8 Championships in Saugerties, NY.  At the large HITS facility, there were over 1600 rides scheduled over the four days of competition – a massive show!  Jessica Fay has had a fantastic season with her horses and Regionals ended on a high note for the 3 mares she qualified.  Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba) was 2nd in her First Level warm-up class with a 74%, placed 6th in the USDF Training Level Championship with a 69%, and finished in the top third of 39 horses in her First Level Championship ride.  The 4-year old Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) really stepped up for this big show as well.  She was 2nd in her Training Level warm-up and finished 5th with a 70% in the USDF Training Level Championship.  Jess finished her rides with Michelle Roberts’ homebred mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss GGF-Walstreet Kid).  In just her first year of showing, Sagan has been rock solid and wrapped up her year with a 67.6% and earned 7th place in her USDF Second Level Championship. Michael’s student Beth Custalow qualified for the USDF Regionals with her longtime partner Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant).  The showed improvement in their tests over the weekend.  Michael also had a busy show riding four horses.  Witness Hilltop (Hamlet-Burggraaf) competed in the open show and put in two very strong Grand Prix tests that were rewarded with scores of 68% & 69% and he finished 3rd and 1st in large FEI Test of Choice classes.  Michael and Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) competed...

Dunmovin Dressage

Hilltop News Dunmovin Dressage Return to All Hilltop News >>> Well the rain may have gotten us totally soaked, but it was still a great show at Dunmovin.  Jess Fay took two horses out for their first dressage shows with super results.  Natalie DiBerardinis’ mare Cover Girl (Contucci-Princequillo xx) won her Third Level Test 1 with a score of 68% and the 3-year old Doc Marten SPF (Doctor Wendell MF-Liberty Gold), owned by Karen Schumaker, won his Training Level Test 1 with a 70%.  Well done Jess! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Nov, 2003 Cor Noir May 17, 1987 – November 3, 2003 With great sadness, we must announce that our beautiful Holsteiner stallion Cor Noir was put down November 3, 2003 for humane reasons. Cor Noir gave tremendous quality to our Hilltop Farm breeding program, producing our top broodmares and the foundation for so much of our success today. Click to View Article Oct, 2013 Hilltop Farm Purchases Sternlicht GGF Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Jan, 2010 Horse Handlers: Life In The Fast Lane 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...

VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show

Hilltop News VADA/NOVA Fall Dressage Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> It was a beautiful weekend in Virginia for the VADA/NOVA Fall Show.  Michael took Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach out for a warm-up before Regionals.  They won both their Intermediate I tests with a 66.9% and a 69.7%.  Jess had her plate full with 4 horses showing.  Beth Custalow’s Bugatti’s Ballerina (Bugatti-Rohdiamant) enjoyed her first undersaddle show and won her Materiale classes with scores of 72% & 76.6%.  Melanie Zentgraf’s Quite Special (Quite Easy x Emma) had a strong outing in only his 2nd horse show earning good ribbons in all his Training Level tests with scores of 63-67.5%.  Jess also used this show as warm-up for USDF Regionals with her two Qredit mares, Quinzy HTF (ds. Cordoba) and Qindle HTF (ds. Royal Prince).  Quinzy earned three firsts and a third at Training & First Levels with scores of 68.5-72.5%.  Qindle was close behind with 2 seconds at Training Level and a 1st and 3rd in her First Level tests, with her scores ranging from 69.4-72.5%.  I think we’re ready for Regionals! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Oct, 1999 Cabaret 1980-1999 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. Click to View Article Sep, 2016 2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships Once again we made the long drive out to...

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...

2017 ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection

Hilltop News 2017 ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection Return to All Hilltop News >>> Our ISR/Oldenburg Inspection is at a close. Two fun-filled days catching up with so many friends and breeders we get to see every year. One stallion was licensed – Marydell Farm’s Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon). Two mares completed the Mare Performance Test, with the Champion being Eiffel (Escudo II-Donnerwerth). A total of 15 mares were presented and inspected for breeding, including 2 sport pony mares. Twenty-one foals were also presented on Saturday. Nine foals were given the Premium Foal award. They were: Beth Gettle’s Qretiquette (Qredit-Contucci) Res Ch Filly, Urusula Ferrier’s Islander (Innverness-Sandro Hit), Melissa Stubbenberg’s Perseus (Pikko del Cerro HU-Obadiah) Res Ch Colt, Elizabeth Callahan’s Lanikai (Levisonn-A Fine Romance), Trestle Tree Farm’s Talulah T (Talisman-Popeye K), Champion Filly, Eileen Pritchard-Bryan’s Daedalus WG (Doctor Wendell MF-Blumin Affair), Lesley Feakins’ Wrosalie (Wicked Courtjester-Nieuwmoeds Patrick), Silver Fern Farm’s Silverfern Rakaia (Riverman x Lumiere), and Ashley Seufer’s Empire’s Walk A Mile (Empire’s Power-Riverman) Champion Colt. Thank you to all the participants and spectators! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Apr, 2012 Team USA Wins Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night. Click to View Article Sep, 2010 Cabana Boy ~ Goodbye to a Champion It is with great sadness that Jane...