Don Principe Dances at the Devon CDI
While Dressage at Devon is always a special show for Team Hilltop, this year the CDI division held particular significance for us. Michael Bragdell, Hilltop’s Trainer, competed in his first CDI Grand Prix and Freestyle with Marydell Farm’s wonderful stallion Don Principe. The Friday Grand Prix showed lots of expression and power with particularly good pirouettes. Bobbles in the changes were expensive in terms of scoring, but the overall effort earned a 62.26% and advanced Michael into Saturday’s Freestyle. Don Principe’s freestyle was designed by Marlene Whitaker and is based on the powerful music Tusk by Fleetwood Mac. This was Michael’s first freestyle ever, but he and Don Principe rose to the occasion and put down a great performance. They earned a 67.375% and finished in 10th place – an excellent start at their first CDI together. Thank you to Maryanna and Wendell Haymon for encouraging Michael and Don Principe to make this leap. Congratulations Michael – we’re so proud of you!
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
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...
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