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 influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
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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.
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.