Culpepper Dressage Show
We had a great weekend on June 18-19 at the Culpepper Dressage Show. Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) continues to be rock solid at Third Level. He earned a 70.6% in his Freestyle and won Third Level Test 3 with a 69.4%. Marydell Farm’s David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) won his Four-Year Old test each day with a 77.8% and a 78.8%. The judges’ comments were glowing about this young stallion and we look forward to the next steps in his career. Michael’s student Beth Custalow rode her own Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) earned a 2nd and 1st place in her Fourth Level Test 3 classes. Quinnten Alston was also busy handling for clients at the concurrent Breed Show. We so appreciate Rosinburg Events and other show managers continuing to hold USDF Breed Shows for our young horses. And speaking of appreciation, Michael’s fabulous groom Natalie Wolfer was awarded the Best Groom Award!
Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) offspring typically share their sire’s stamp of refined, modern type, a correct foundation, and quality movement and those attributes are well-rewarded in the breed show ring. We are excited to share the news that Royal Prince has won the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for the FIFTH consecutive year...
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.