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.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
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 traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.