Dressage at the Meadow Sport Horse Show
We had a really super start to the 2016 Breed Show Season this week at Dressage at the Meadow in Doswell, VA. Hilltop Farm’s own Stetson HTF (Sternlicht – Negro) won his Yearling Colts Class and then went on to be named Champion Colt, Champion Young Horse, and overall Reserve Grand Champion. Stetson delighted with his beautiful type and strong presentation. Margaretta Frederick’s Coeur De Lion (Coeur d’ Amour – Fit to Fight xx) had a great first outing, winning the Two Year Colts and Gelding Class and taking the Reserve Champion Colt title. Calliope HTF (Contucci – Royal Prince), bred by Hilltop and owned by Beth Custalow, showed beautifully in her Yearling Fillies class, placing 2nd and ending up Reserve Champion Filly. We were excited to have Michelle Roberts on hand to watch her own Ishin Maru (Kaareltje – Donnerhall) in her first show! Michelle’s “Golden Girl” drew quite a few admirers and placed 2nd in her Three Year Old Fillies class. In the Hanoverian IBC, Stetson and Calliope placed 1st and 2nd respectively.
Despite the rainy weather, we couldn’t have been happier with how these young horses handled their first outing of the year. A huge thank you to the Dressage at the Meadow organizers and volunteers for a well-run, exciting start to the season!
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%.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.