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...

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 Nov, 2011 Hilltop’s 20th Anniversary Celebration It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm. Click to View Article Feb, 2011 Tiamo Trocadero (1987-2011) It...

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 Jun, 2013 Parabol January 10, 1983 – June 25, 2013 On June 25th Parabol was humanely euthanized at Hilltop Farm due to declining health and age-related complications. While our hearts our heavy with this loss, we choose to focus instead on the thirty remarkable years Parabol had... Click to View Article 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....

Michael Qualifies Six for USEF Young/Developing Championships

Hilltop News Michael Qualifies Six for USEF Young/Developing Championships Return to All Hilltop News >>> Michael Bragdell succeeded in his big crazy goal for the year! The ranking lists have closed and he has qualified SIX horses for the US Equestrian Young/Developing Horse Championships Lamplight Equestrian Center August 24-27.  It’s going to be a busy week for sure but we can hardly wait.  The horses traveling to Chicago will include: Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Sandro Hit), 4yr old US-bred Hanoverian Stallion, owned/bred by Maryanna Haymon SenSation HW (Sunday-Dancier), 4yr old Westfalen gelding, owned by Carol McPhee and bred by Alfons Bergjohann Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit), 6yr old Oldenburg Stallion, owned by Anne Howard and bred by Otto Langemeyer Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), 7yr old US-bred Hanoverian Stallion, owned by Hilltop Farm and bred by Rachel E. Ehrlich Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat), 7yr old US-bred KWPN gelding, owned by William Mitchelson and bred by Marie Emrey Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback-Dream of Glory), 9yr old US-bred Oldenburg Stallion, owned by Hilltop Farm and bred by Judy G Yancey Congratulations and THANK YOU to all the owners and breeders of these wonderful horses! And good luck and safe travels to all the riders and horses coming to the Championships. Should be a very fun show!  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...

2017 AHS/ARS Inspection

Hilltop News 2017 AHS/ARS Inspection Return to All Hilltop News >>> We had a fantastic inspection this past week with an overwhelming super quality in the foals. The event started however with two stallions being accepted for AHS/ARS. The 4-year old Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Sandro Hit) owned/bred by Marydell Farm and the 15-year old Lord Luciano (Enrico Caruso-Unkenruf) owned/bred by Debra Tyler both impressed the stallion committee and are exciting additions for US breeders!  Comments for Debonair MF included ‘very good impression with stallion presence, we like his rideability, the walk is a highlight as is the canter – very impressive and already showing a talent to collect.’  Comments for Lord Luciano included ‘we like to use Trakehner in our breeding, this stallion had a very successful sport career to Grand Prix in Germany, his gaits and attitude are very good, gave a very good impression as he started to move.’ Eight Hanoverian mares were accepted into the Main Studbook for AHS & ARS with Viva’s Diamond W (Viva Voltaire-Futurist) being the High-Score Hanoverian Mare & the Mare Performance Test Champion. Viva’s Diamond W is owned by Anne Cumpstone and was bred by Augustin & Christine Walch. Additional approved mares include: Bijou DJS (Bugatti-Davignport) owned/bred by Deanna Mann Wilkinson, Ramora CF (Royal Prince-Davignon) owned/bred by Kimberly Kobryn-Callaway, Bugatti’s Ballerina (Bugatti-Rohdiamant) owned/bred by Beth Custalow, Salome B (San Amour-Rotspon) owned by Sarah Daehnert & Hannah Salazar and bred by Dieter Buhrig, Noor (Negro-Festrausch) owned by Rebecca Langworst Barlow and bred by Kathy Jackson, Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba) owned/bred by Hilltop Farm, and Beretta LJS (Bugatti-Ferro) owned by Jodi Boyko and...