CDCTA Dressage Show
This month our show season starts to ramp up, and this past weekend’s CDCTA show was a perfect outing. Michael won all 4 of his classes and all scores were over 70%. Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) continued his winning ways with a 73% & 76% in his Fourth Level Test 3 and Fourth Level Freestyle classes. Faberge was bred in Maryland by Marie Emrey/Lazy J Sporthorses. Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) made the move up to the Intermediate A test and handily won both his FEI Test of Choice classes with a 70%. Boxster is a homebred for Iris.
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.