Dressage at Lexington
While their sire/grandsire was competing at the Festival of Champions, Maryanna Haymon’s young stallions David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) and Debonair MF (Doctor Wendell MF-Rotspon) had their first outing of the year with Michael Bragdell. Both showed good composure and focus during the Dressage at Lexington show despite the Breed Show and mini-horse driving competition that were also on grounds! David Bowie placed 2nd in both Saturday’s FEI Young Horse Test of Choice Class and Sunday’s FEI Five-Year Old class. Debonair placed 3rd in Saturday’s FEI Young Horse Test of Choice Class and 2nd Sunday’s USEF Four-Year Old class. A good start out for the boys this year.
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.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
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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.
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.