Dressage at Dunmovin’
On September 9th Michael took two horses up to Dunmovin’ Farm in West Chester, PA for a quick warm-up outing. Sternlicht produced a forward, accurate First Level Test 3 that easily scored a 71% and was a good kick-off for his fall shows. Jane had just arrived back home the day before, but was able to come watch Sternlicht’s ride. Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach is prepping for Dressage at Devon and with Michael won his Fourth Level Test 3 with a 70%. Only one day to rest up at Hilltop now before we head over to Morven Park for the weekend.
The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory).
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
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.