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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.

Stallion News

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Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.

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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.

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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.

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Recent News

2017 Breeder Rewards: There is no greater testament to a stallion than the quality and success of their offspring. Each year we look forward to seeing the stallion’s offspring out showing successfully. The Hilltop Farm Breeder Reward Program allows us to reward the breeders and owners of horses bred through Hilltop Farm who achieve competitive success through Rewards Certificates that can be applied towards a future breeding. >>>

2018 Stallion Book Set to Mail: The 2018 Hilltop Farm Stallion Book will be mailing after the first of the year. Breeders now have two methods of receiving this updated information, either through the Hilltop Farm website or via mail. >>>

Riverman & Don Principe Lead USEF Sire Rankings: The US Equestrian Leading Sire Rankings closed in mid-December and we have many exciting results to share! For the second time Marydell Farm's Don Principe was named the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and for the fourth time Riverman was named Eventing Sire of the Year! >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>