CDCTA Dressage at Morven Park
On the weekend of May 3rd & 4th, Hilltop’s trainer Michael Bragdell once again made the drive to Morven Park. Only taking two horses with him, it turned into a very special weekend. First up was Iris Aberbach’s wonderful Bugatti gelding, Boxster A. Michael’s been developing Boxster since he came to him for starting. Saturday’s Fourth 3 test was steady and harmonious and won the class with a 69.875%. On Sunday, Boxster competed in his first Prix St. Georges test – those of you who’ve developed horses up the levels know how emotionally rewarding it is to see them take those first steps as an “FEI horse.” Boxster and Michael earned a 66% in their first outing and placed 2nd in the large class. We’re so proud of both of them on this big step up.
Qredit couldn’t have had a much better weekend. On Saturday Michael competed him at both Third Level Test 1 and Test 2 and earned scores of 78.2 & 80.7%! A bit tired on Sunday, Qredit still rose to the occasion with a 74.6%. His score sheets showed numerous 9’s and even one 10! He was High-Score Third Level and Overall High-Score for the show.
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
On June 25th Parabol was humanely euthanized at Hilltop Farm due to declining health and age-related complications. While our hearts our heavy with this loss, we choose to focus instead on the thirty remarkable years Parabol had...
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Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.