Don Principe Shines at Dressage at Lamplight
Don Principe traveled along with Sternlicht for the long trip out to Chicago. Two open shows were being held the same weekend as the Young Horse Championships and we took advantage of that scheduling to finish off Don Principe’s qualifiers for the USDF Regional Championships. In their first test on Thursday, he and Michael laid down a very harmonious and correct test in the Intermediaire B and were rewarded with a 70%. On Friday, Don Principe and Michael Bragdell competed in their 2nd Grand Prix and finished in 1st place with a 65.5% even with an error of course factored in. On Sunday, they were back on ‘track’ and continued their winning streak, earning a 68.6% from judge Natalie Lamping in Sunday’s Grand Prix. These scores finished off Michael’s USDF Gold Medal – congratulations! It was a perfect end to a wonderful weekend and very special to have Maryanna and Wendell Haymon there to celebrate with us.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
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.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.