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 official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
Carola Koppelmann and Comic Hilltop FRH won the 2006 Nurnberger Burgpokal at CDI-W Frankfurt last weekend with a winning score of 74.10% in the final round. The Nurnberg Burgpokal is the German National Championships for horses in the small tour (Prix St. George) and is only open to 7 – 9 year-old horses.
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.
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.