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.
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.
The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.
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.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.