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Florida Season Summary for Hilltop

sternlicht_fl2017_web800x800Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. We keep our time in Florida shorter to allow the stallions to come home for the start of breeding season. Special highlights of this winter show season included Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) earning the FEI High-Score Award at Global Dressage 3, Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) move up to the Developing Prix St. Georges with consistent top placings, Hilltop’s Sternlicht (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) earning all scores of 73-78% in his FEI 7-year old and Prix St. Georges classes, and Bvlgari’s (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) win of the Fourth Level AA class at Global 6 with owner Beth Custalow. All four of these talented horses are US-bred too!

The other horses with Michael used the training time to prepare for their moves up later in the spring.  All have left Florida early this morning and we’re anxious to get everyone safely home.  Thank you to Lady Jean Ranch for sharing your beautiful facility with us, to Brookledge Horse Vans who we trust to take us to/from Florida each year, and to all the owners who took part in this Florida experience.

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This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.

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Recipe-For-Top-Hanoverians

Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.

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Recent News

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Florida Season Summary for Hilltop: Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. >>>

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Foal Announcements

Qredit Foal Announcements: 04-18-2017: Congratulations to Diana Murphy of Glen Rock, PA on the arrival of Queen of Spring, a lovely Qredit filly out of her Oldenburg mare Spring in late March. This bay beauty has four white socks and a big blaze. >>>

Jaguar Mail Foal Announcements: 4-18-17: It’s a boy for Asia Vedder of Carpentaria, CA! A big, healthy Jaguar Mail colt arrived to Asia’s TB mare Gem Lion on April 10th and Asia says that both mom and baby are doing well! Congratulations Asia! >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 04-18-17: It’s a girl for Maggie Neider of North Hill Farm in Fabius, NY! A lovely Vallado filly was born to Maggie’s Hanoverian mare Romancing Rio on April 9th and Maggie says that this filly is absolutely everything she had ordered and so worth the wait. Congratulations Maggie! >>>