CDCTA Dressage at Morven Park
Michael Bragdell returned to Morven Park this weekend for the 2nd show of the season for Team Hilltop. Iris Aberbach’s wonderful gelding Boxster A won his Prix St. Georges test on Saturday and was 2nd in his first Intermediaire I test on Sunday with a strong score of 65%. Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Dutch gelding Faberge Blue LJS (Contango-Democraat) made his first outing of the year a winning one earning scores of 75.9% to 76.875% and placing first in all his First Level Tests. Finally, Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) commandingly won his First Level Test 2 with an 80.78% and the FEI Five-Year Old class on Sunday with an 8.48 – a fantastic start to this season for this talented young stallion.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.