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!
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.
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
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.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.