Qredit Wins US Dressage Finals

Hilltop News Qredit Wins US Dressage Finals Return to All Hilltop News >>> Congratulations Qredit & Michael! What a way to end the season.  Michael decided to only take one horse to Nationals in Kentucky this year, but it was a perfect trip.  The KY Horse Park is a fantastic venue and the US Dressage Finals staff and volunteers have perfected this show.  Qredit didn’t mind traveling solo and confidently won the Open Intermediate II Championship with a 71.535%.  Strong scores and very promising comments from the judges.  Thanks especially to Morten Thomsen for his continued support of Michael and Qredit in their development.  A perfect end to a wonderful season! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2015 Royal Prince (1999 – 2015) It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him. Click to View Article Oct, 2014 CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Nov, 2010 Riverman Mares Rock Eventing For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to...

Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul)

Hilltop News Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul) Return to All Hilltop News >>> We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT.  Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2015 Royal Prince (1999 – 2015) It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him. Click to View Article Oct, 2014 CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Nov, 2010 Riverman Mares Rock Eventing For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life. Click to...

USDF 2017 Year-End Awards

Hilltop News USDF 2017 Year-End Awards Return to All Hilltop News >>> Congratulations to Michael Bragdell on an outstanding year. Qredit Hilltop: Reserve Champion USDF HOY Intermediate II & 1st place All-Breeds (GOV) Sternlicht Hilltop: 2nd place All-Breeds (AHS) Prix St. Georges & 16th in USDF HOY standings Stetson HTF: 3rd place USDF DSHB HOY standings for 2-Year Old Colts/Geldings Feuerbach: 4th place USDF All-Breeds (Westfalen) Intermediate I, owned by Kaja Brix SenSation HW: Reserve Champion USEF Four-Year Old division & 1st place USDF All-Breeds (Westfalen) USEF 4-Year Olds, owned by Carol McPhee Debonair MF: 9th place USEF Four-Year Old division, owned by Marydell Farm Finery: 4th place FEI Six-Year Old division & 1st place All-Breeds (GOV), owned by Anne Howard Stallion News Hilltop Archives Jan, 2015 Royal Prince (1999 – 2015) It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him. Click to View Article Oct, 2014 CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Nov, 2010 Riverman Mares Rock Eventing For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just...

Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced

Hilltop News Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced Return to All Hilltop News >>> The North American Stallion Sport Test, LLC has released the schedule of events for both the East Coast and West Coast stallion tests in Oct/Nov 2017. All listed events are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. A complimentary lunch will be provided at the East Coast site at Hilltop Farms on November 1st.. Please RSVP to holly@hilltopfarminc.com if you plan to attend that day. An educational event is slated at both sites at the end of Day 2. Hilltop will feature Jurgen Koschel discussing Young Horse Dressage Training on November 1st. Pollyrich Farms will host Gerd Sickinger & Dieter Stut discussing Young Horse Jumper Training on November 4th. Pollyrich will also be the site of a wine-tasting and dinner following the educational event on Saturday. Tickets are $50 per person, and reservations should be made in advance to BuffyOas@me.com A copy of the schedule in PDF may be found here.   East Coast Testing Oct 31st-Nov 2ndHilltop Farm, 1089 Nesbitt Rd. Colora, MD 21917PH: 410-658-9898  October 31st (Day 1 – East Coast)Vet Check, Schooling Sessions12:45pm Vet Check2-4pm Schooling Sessions  November 1st (Day 2 – East Coast)Observed Schooling AM, Testing PM9:30am-12pm Schooling Sessions (Dressage)12-1pm Lunch – Complimentary. Please RSVP to holly@hilltopfarminc.com2-4pm Individual Dressage Tests4-6pm EDUCATIONAL SESSION: Young Horse Dressage Training with Jurgen Koschel November 2nd (Day 3 – East Coast)Guest Rider AM, Licensings8:30-11am Guest Rider12pm Stallion Licensings   West Coast Testing Nov 3rd-5thPollyrich Farms, 468 Ballard Canyon Road Solvang, CA 93463PH: 805-688-0220 November 3rdVet Check, Schooling Sessions12:00pm Vet Check1:15-2:30pm Schooling Sessions (Dressage)2:30-4:00pm Schooling...

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...