Dressage at Heavenly Waters
Jessica Fay, Hilltop’s Assistant Trainer, took two mares down to the Dressage at Heavenly Waters Show over Memorial Day weekend. Beth Gildea’s adorable mare Elizabeth’s Elan placed 3rd in both her Training Level Test 3 classes and was the High-Score Holsteiner on Saturday. This 4-year old continues to gain confidence in each show and she seems to love all the activity at the shows. Jess also competed her homebred mare Veraki. Despite a couple of mistakes, they were 2nd in the Prix St. Georges with a 66.9% and on Sunday they won their debut at Intermediaire I with a solid, fluid test. Their score of 69.7% also earned them the FEI High-Score for the day.
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.
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%.
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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.
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.