ESDCTA Memorial Day Dressage Shows
Michael Bragdell had outstanding results at the ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend shows held in Allentown, NJ. He was undefeated on all four of his horses! Maryanna Haymon’s David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon), the baby of the group at age four, had a very strong outing in is first undersaddle show. He won Saturday’s Young Horse Test of Choice class with a 7.738 and was more confident in Sunday’s USEF Four-Year Old test with an overall 8.1. Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue continued the streak winning the USEF Musical Freestyle on Saturday and Third Level Test 3 with a 71.666% on Sunday. Sternlicht, bred by Rachel Ehrlich and owned by Hilltop Farm, won Saturday’s Third 3 with a 73.974% and earned an overall 8.08 in Sunday’s FEI Six-Year Old class. Finally Qredit wrapped up the weekend sweep with Saturday’s Intermediaire I score of 69.2% and Sunday’s win in the Developing Prix St. Georges test with a 71.9%. Way to go Michael!
It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm.
Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop.
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.
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.