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 Mar, 2002 The Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup At the Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Convention, January 11, 2002, Jane MacElree was honored with the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup for her contribution to the sporthorse industry. Jane was elected as the one of two recipients for this year’s award and is the first warmblood sporthorse breeder to be given this honor. Click to View Article Aug, 2010 Intermediaire I National Championships Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux)...

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 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 Jan, 2007 Comic Hilltop FRH – 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal Champion Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning...

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 Oct, 2014 Dressage at Devon Breed Show Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop. Click to View Article Nov, 2002 VIP February 16, 1979-November 13,...

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...

Sussex Dressage Show

Hilltop News Sussex Dressage Show Return to All Hilltop News >>> The heatwave isn’t slowing us down! While everyone at the farm was busy with inspection prep, Michael traveled up to the Sussex Dressage Show in New Jersey. Friday was a super start with the horses. Faberge Blue won his Open Prix St. Georges with a 72%, SenSation HW earned an impressive 8.66 in his USEF 4-Year Old test, and Qredit earned a 77.5% in his Intermediare II. On Saturday, Qredit again won the Intermediare II with another strong score of 73.947%.  In their USEF Qualifying classes, Faberge Blue confidently won the Developing Prix St. Georges with a 72.647% and SenSation HW secured his win in the USEF 4-Year Olds with an overall 8.04.  Well done! 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 Sep, 2010 Cabana Boy ~ Goodbye to a Champion It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was...