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 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 Jan, 2013 Riverman is the Top-Ranking, US-based Show Jumping Sire Riverman (Redfort – Landego) has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion line up for...

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 Sep, 2008 2008 USEF/MARKEL Young Horse Championships The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division. Click to View Article...

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 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 Jan, 2012 Riverman Wins USEF South Pacific Award The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition. Click to View Article Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Jan, 2009 The Matchmaker – A...

Dressage at Stone Tavern II

Hilltop News Dressage at Stone Tavern II Return to All Hilltop News >>> Jess and Michael had a great show in New Jersey this past weekend with a lot of important results. Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekkant), bred/owned by Iris Aberbach, won both his FEI Test of Choice classes and was High-Score FEI on Saturday. Sternlicht (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), bred by Rachel Ehrlich and owned by Hilltop Farm, scored 71.1% to win the Developing Prix St. Georges. Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon), bred/owned by Marydell Farm, was 2nd in the USEF 4-yr Olds both days, including earning a 7.8 overall in his qualifier. Carol McPhee’s SenSation HW (Sunday-Dancier) took in his first recognized show and won the 4-yr old tests both days with great comments from the judges. It was an especially big weekend for Anne Howard’s Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit). He earned an 8.04 in his 2nd time out in the FEI 6-yr olds. This score should qualify him for the US Young Horse Championships and that will fulfill his lifetime sport requirements for both the GOV and ISR/Oldenburg! Jess and Hilltop’s homebred mare Quinzy (Qredit-Cordoba) continued their winning streak. Competing this time at Training Level, they swept all their classes with scores in the 70’s and were High-Score Training Level both days. 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...

Dressage at Blue Goose

Hilltop News Dressage at Blue Goose Return to All Hilltop News >>> Congratulations to Jess Fay and Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) on a strong showing at Blue Goose Dressage. Qindle earned a 70%+ in Training 3 and her 2nd qualifying score for Regionals.  She also earned a 69% in her 1st time out at First Level. This lovely 4-year old keeps getting better and better. Good girl! Stallion News Hilltop Archives 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 score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses. Click to View Article 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 Click Here to View More Hilltop Archives Hilltop Articles & Interviews Oct, 2008 Domestically-bred Hanoverians Triumph in the 2008 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships in Lexington, Kentucky In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell...