Dressage at Heavenly Waters
Over Memorial Day weekend, Michael Bragdell took a few of our riding horses and students to MDA’s Dressage at Heavenly Waters in Bel Air. Only about 30-minutes from the farm, it’s great to have these closer show options. With Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) Michael handily won all three of his First Level Tests with scores ranging from 74-76%. Faberge’s obedience and the harmony between he and Michael is a highlight of every test. Faberge was bred by Marie Emrey of Lazy J Sporthorses. Michael also rode Kaja Brix’s Feurbach (Florestan-Welcome) at Fourth Level. This was only Feuerbach’s second outing at Fourth Level and he won both his tests with scores of 67% & 73% and was High-Score at Fourth Level.
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.