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.
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.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.