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Don Principe Dances at the Devon CDI

20140925_121950-webWhile 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!

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Developing-Horse-Championships

Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.

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riverman-rocks

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.

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matchmaker

The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.

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Recent News

2017 ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection: Our ISR/Oldenburg Inspection is at a close. Two fun-filled days catching up with so many friends and breeders we get to see every year. One stallion was licensed - Marydell Farm's Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon). >>>

Blue Goose Dressage: was perfect horse show weather at Blue Goose Dressage III on Wednesday. Both Jess and Michael took a few horses for final qualifiers for Regionals. >>>

ISR/Oldenburg Inspection Schedule: We're looking forward to hosting the ISR/Oldenburg Inspection on August 11-12 at Hilltop Farm! Check out the schedule here. >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>