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!
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.