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 Dec, 2013 Hilltop Farm Named 2013 USDF Breeder of the Year Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award...

Sternlicht Foal Announcements

Sternlicht GGF News Sternlicht Foal Announcements View All Sternlicht News >>> 2017 Foals It’s a girl! Lisa Saabye of Fox Hill Farm in Rehoboth, MA has a gorgeous new Sternlicht filly, born to her Westphalian mare Ebella R on March 30th. Congratulations on your darling new filly, Lisa! Congratulations to Anita Russell of Devon, PA on the arrival of a stunning new Sternlicht colt! Born on March 30th to her Hanoverian mare Day Dream, both mom and baby are doing well. Marcia Boeing of Camden, SC has proudly announced the arrival of her new Sternlicht colt! Born on March 20th to her Hanoverian mare EM What If, Marcia says that he is drop dead gorgeous, already showing a great brain and a willing spirit. Congratulations on this charming new addition to your barn, Marcia! Congratulations to Mary King Messinger of Kingston Farm in Hillsborough, NC on the arrival of one extremely cute and sweet Sternlicht filly! Born to her Hanoverian mare EM Favre on March 4th, Mary is still deciding on the perfect name for this little lady. 2016 Foals Congratulations to Donna Wayson of Hopewell Farm in Owings, MD on the arrival of her new Sternlicht colt! Starry Night was born on April 16th to her DWB/TB mare Sara and Donna says he is gorgeous, super sweet and loves people. Congratulations to Megan Sibiga of Lebanon, OR on the arrival of her new Sternlicht filly! Born to her KWPN mare Unforgettable on May 13th, Megan says her new filly is beautiful and she is so excited about this cross. Congratulations to Irena Coz or Ramona, CA on the...

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 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...

USEF Sire Rankings

Hilltop News USEF Sire Rankings Return to All Hilltop News >>> The United States Equestrian Federation compiles annual Sire Rankings based on competition results of recorded offspring.  With the results finalized the end of December, we’re excited to share the achievements for the current, and a few former, stallions at Hilltop Farm. Quite Easy  USEF Leading Hunter Sire.  This is the second consecutive year Quite Easy was recognized as the Leading Hunter Sire! USEF Jumper Sire Rankings – 8th USEF Eventing Sire Rankings – 22nd Riverman  USEF Leading Eventing Sire – Reserve Champion USEF Hunter Sire – 17th Ampere USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – Reserve Champion Bugatti USEF Hunter Eventing Sire – 10th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 4th USEF Dressage Sire  – 16th Contucci USEF Dressage Sire – 4th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 15th USEF Half-Arabian Sire – 22nd USEF Eventing Sire – 9th Doctor Wendell MF USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 13th Donarweiss GGF USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 10th Don Principe USEF Dressage Sire – 14th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 5th USEF Hunter Breeding Sire – 16th Negro USEF Dressage Sire – 8th Olivi USEF Dressage Sire –  30th Pikko del Cerro USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 21st Popeye USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 19th Qredit USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 6th Royal Prince USEF Hunter Breeding Sire – 7th USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 11th USEF Dressage Sire  – 11th Sternlicht USEF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Sire – 3rd It’s great to see...

2016 US Dressage Finals

Hilltop News 2016 US Dressage Finals Return to All Hilltop News >>> What better end to the 2016 show season but to wrap it up with the US Dressage Finals in Lexington, KY.  Now in its 4th year, this show just gets better and better thanks to an experienced staff, enthusiastic volunteers, and generous supporters.  Thank you ALL who make this show happen! Michael took three horses to the Finals this year and came home with Top 10 finishes for all three.  Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback-Dream of Glory) placed 7th in Friday’s Intermediate I Championship and 9th in Saturday’s Intermediate Freestyle Championship.  Unfortunately, over the course of the show he was developing a cough and was feeling a bit under the weather by Sunday so we had to scratch the Prix St. Georges Championship.  He traveled home safely and is getting a bit of time off while the cough resolves. Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) placed 2nd in his warm-up class on Thursday and won the Third Level Open Championship on Friday.  This is Ziggy’s second trip to the Finals and his second National Championship!  Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) and Michael made the most of their 80s pop music and captured the Third Level Freestyle Open on Saturday.  You can’t help but smile as you watch this pair together and the music fits perfectly.  All three horses were born here in the US too, which makes their wins even more significant.  Congratulations to their breeders as well – Judy Yancey, Rachel Ehrlich, and Marie Emrey! Stallion News Hilltop Archives Feb, 2011 Tiamo Trocadero (1987-2011) It is with...

USDF Year-End Awards

Hilltop News USDF Year-End Awards Return to All Hilltop News >>> Team Hilltop had an excellent show season and we’re celebrating many USDF Year-End Awards for both our own and client horses.  Wonderful job Michael, Jess, & Quinnten.  Congratulations to all the owners & breeders! Kevelaer (Wamberto-Gribaldi), owner/breeder Gavin Parfit & Isabel Barzun US-Bred 4th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Yearling Colts/Geldings) 77.95% Stetson HTF (Sternlicht-Negro), owner/breeder Hilltop Farm US-Bred 7th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Yearling Colts/Geldings) 77.25% Royal Celeste FH (Royal Classic-Diamond Hit), leased by Quinnten Alston & Jonathan Clark, bred by Eliza Rutherford US-Bred 5th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (3 Year Old Fillies) 75.55% Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince), owner/breeder Hilltop Farm US-Bred 9th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (3 Year Old Fillies Materiale) 72.00% Elizabeth’s Elan (Quite Easy-Calimero), owner/breeder Beth Gildea US-Bred CHAMPION USDF All-Breeds Holsteiner (Training Level) 68.636% David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon), owner/breeder Marydell Farm US-Bred 6th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (USEF 4 Year Olds) 7.8 Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat), owned by Mitch & Lara Mitchelson, bred by Marie Emrey US-Bred 2nd Place in USDF All-Breeds KWPN (Third Level Freestyle) 73.367% 4th Place in USDF All-Breeds KWPN (Third Level) 69.492% 8th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Third Level Musical Freestyle Challenge) 71.042% 16th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings (Third Level Freestyle) 73.367% Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino), owned by Hilltop Farm, bred by Rachel Ehrlich US-Bred CHAMPION USDF All-Breeds Hanoverian (Third Level) 71.463% 6th Place in USDF Horse of the Year Standings...