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!
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate 15 wonderful years at Hilltop Farm! Over 350 people attended this colorful afternoon celebration on Saturday, October 28. We so appreciate the rave reviews over our main event, the music-filled presentation of our stallion line-up and their offspring. We also appreciate everyone’s time, support, and good wishes. Friends and customers traveled as far as from Chicago, Kansas, and South Carolina to celebrate with us.
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.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.