CDCTA Dressage Show

Hilltop News CDCTA Dressage Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> This month our show season starts to ramp up, and this past weekend’s CDCTA show was a perfect outing.  Michael won all 4 of his classes and all scores were over 70%.  Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) continued his winning ways with a 73% & 76% in his Fourth Level Test 3 and Fourth Level Freestyle classes.  Faberge was bred in Maryland by Marie Emrey/Lazy J Sporthorses. Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) made the move up to the Intermediate A test and handily won both his FEI Test of Choice classes with a 70%. Boxster is a homebred for Iris. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Sep, 2007 Cabana Boy Wins 2007 Markel/USEF National Championship The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI. Click to View Article Aug, 2012 Hemmingway & Qredit on Top at the USEF National Championships The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory). Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews May, 2013 Behind The Scenes – Hilltop Farm: American Quality The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side...

Foaling Season Continues at Hilltop

Hilltop News Foaling Season Continues at Hilltop Return to All Hilltop News >>> After a few weeks break, foalings continued at Hilltop Farm on April 23rd.  Melissa Stubenberg’s Oldenburg mare Wraina (Obadiah-Sir Wimborne xx) produced a fantastic bay colt by Pikko del Cerro HU.  A short-coupled and uphill build and a good amount a bone are a few of the highlights for this colt.  On the afternoon of April 25th, EM Raj Mahal HTF (Royal Prince-Donnerhall) gave us her 4th foal and 3rd filly in a row!  Another bay (the trend continues) with adorable markings, this filly is by the Grand Prix stallion Belissimo M.  Susanne Manz’s maiden mare Portia (Prado-Sandro Hit) had an easy delivery on the night on April 26th and produced a very fancy Qredit filly who sports a blaze and 4 white stockings.  This one is a looker! A few hours later in the early morning of April 27th, Chiquita HTF (Contucci-Cordoba) had her 3rd colt, this time a very good-looking dark bay by Rubinero. We expect a quiet week or two now before the group of the last 4 mares is due to foal. Stallion News Hilltop Archives Dec, 2009 Hilltop Stallions Lead USEF Rankings Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category). Click to View...

Dressage at Dunmovin’

Hilltop News Dressage at Dunmovin’ Return to All Hilltop News >>> Our show season continued on April 26th with a mid-week show in West Chester, PA.  Jessica Fay took our 5-year old homebred mare Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba). In Quinzy’s first outing for the year, they won both their First Level tests with scores of 69.5% and 70.9% and were High-Score First Level. Well done! Stallion News Hilltop Archives 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 Aug, 2009 National Developing Horse Dressage Championship 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. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Aug, 2016 Tips on Showing Sport Horses In Hand 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. Click to View Article Oct,...

VADA/NOVA Spring Show

Hilltop News VADA/NOVA Spring Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> April 8th-9th saw the first of our dressage shows for the Hilltop Team up north. Morven Park is always a favorite destination for us and was a perfect outing for Sternlicht and Qredit to make a move up. Sternlicht used Saturday’s FEI Test of Choice class for another of his required Prix St. Georges scores. With an overall 74.6% he easily achieved that needed result. On Sunday, Sternlicht did his first Developing Prix St. Georges test (a bit of a misnomer in naming as we feel its more demanding than the regular PSG!) and won the class with a 68.75%. This leaves only one more PSG score needed for him to finalize his Performance requirements for lifetime approval! Qredit schooled well Saturday and on Sunday made the big jump up to the Developing Grand Prix. Michael was very happy with his clean test – it was a conservative ride for their first time out at this level, but Q showed us he is ready for the added degree of difficulty.  Michael’s had Qredit since he showed him in-hand as a yearling and was the first one to ever sit on him. To watch them go from that point to the Grand Prix is a fantastic feeling for all us!  Stallion News Hilltop Archives Nov, 2002 VIP February 16, 1979-November 13, 2002 Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At...

Foaling Season Begins at Hilltop Farm

Hilltop News Foaling Season Begins at Hilltop Farm Return to All Hilltop News >>> The last couple of weeks have brought the welcome beginning to the Foaling Season here at Hilltop Farm. With 14 mares due to foal out here, it’s going to be a busy one!  Judith Irwin’s jumper mare Chellana-G Z (Chellano Z-Atlantus Z) started things out smoothly with an easy delivery of a strong, good-looking bay colt by Talisman. Next up was another Talisman foal. This one a very feminine, bay filly out of Arlette Johnson’s Olivia K (Popeye K-Her Majesty’s Bid xx) born on March 22nd.  Tallulah T, or Lulu, is proving to have the most outgoing and friendly nature and is a definite keeper filly as a 3rd generation foal for her breeder. March 31st saw the arrival of Ebella R’s (Ehrentusch-Over the River xx) first foal.  Another bay (are we sensing a theme starting…) filly with an exquisite head and sweet nature, this one is sired by Sternlicht for breeder Lisa Saabye.  Ebella was our first maiden of the year and is settling well into motherhood and is very enamored with her filly. We then had a short break until the night of April 4th when not 1, not 2, but 3 foals were born! Just before 9pm, Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) produced her first foal – a beautiful filly by Qredit. And yes, it was bay! Just about an hour later, Ishin Maru (Kaareltje-Donnerhall) decided to follow Relevè’s lead and had her first foal – a good-looking colt by Herzensdieb. This one is not bay – he’s buckskin! Our Broodmare Manager Melissa...

Florida Season Summary for Hilltop

Hilltop News Florida Season Summary for Hilltop Return to All Hilltop News >>> Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. We keep our time in Florida shorter to allow the stallions to come home for the start of breeding season. Special highlights of this winter show season included Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) earning the FEI High-Score Award at Global Dressage 3, Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) move up to the Developing Prix St. Georges with consistent top placings, Hilltop’s Sternlicht (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) earning all scores of 73-78% in his FEI 7-year old and Prix St. Georges classes, and Bvlgari’s (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) win of the Fourth Level AA class at Global 6 with owner Beth Custalow. All four of these talented horses are US-bred too! The other horses with Michael used the training time to prepare for their moves up later in the spring.  All have left Florida early this morning and we’re anxious to get everyone safely home.  Thank you to Lady Jean Ranch for sharing your beautiful facility with us, to Brookledge Horse Vans who we trust to take us to/from Florida each year, and to all the owners who took part in this Florida experience. 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...