ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows
Team Hilltop had a super time at the ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows at the New Jersey Horse Park. It’s apparent they’ve put a lot of work into managing the footing from previous years and the volunteers are wonderful. In the Breed Show, the yearling fillies Colette HTF (Contucci-Royal Prince) and Shiraz HTF (Sternlicht-Negro) couldn’t have been better behaved for their first show. Colette won the Yearling Fillies class, was Reserve Champion Filly, Reserve Champion Young Horse, and was 2nd in the AHS class on Day 1 and 3rd in the Yearling Fillies class on Day 2. Shiraz, owned by Patricia Hovington, was 2nd in the Yearling Fillies and 3rd in the Filly Championship on both days and won the AHS class on Saturday.
Continuing with our homebreds, Jess Fay had a great outing with the Qredit mares Quinzy HTF (ds. Cordoba) and Qindle HTF (ds. Royal Prince). Qindle placed 5th in her Training Level 2 class with a 65% on Saturday and was 1st & 2nd in her Training 2 & 3 classes with scores of 67% on Sunday. Quinzy had a big weekend, winning all four of her First Level Tests and being High-Score of the show on both Saturday & Sunday with scores of 75% & 77.5%
Michael Bragdell took three stallions up for their USEF Qualifiers. Qredit did his first Intermediate II Test and laid down a really solid ride that earned an impressive 72% on Saturday. He then placed 2nd in his Developing Grand Prix test on Sunday with a score of 69.8%. Sternlicht started his show by winning his Prix St. Georges class with a 70.658% and also won his Sunday Developing Prix St. Georges test with a score of 71.9%. Finery made his debut in the FEI 6-Year Olds a winning one with an overall score of 8.0 and high-praise from the judges for his obvious talent. We’re very excited to be continuing his development this year. Well done everyone!
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.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.