GMHA Dressage Days
Michael made the long drive up to Vermont for the weekend of July 24-26 to show at GMHA in Woodstock, VT. On Friday, he competed in his first Grand Prix with Witness Hilltop and placed second with the solid score of 66%. Working together for less than two months, Michael is thrilled with how ‘with him’ Witness stays in the ring and they are quickly connecting as a team. Qredit Hilltop also made the long trek to Vermont, winning both his Saturday Prix St. Georges and Sunday’s Developing Horse PSG class with scores of 68.9% & 67.6%. He still needs to gain strength in the canter work, but Michael’s really happy with where Qredit is in his training at this stage and how he has matured this year.
While the Hilltop Farm horses didn’t travel to Culpepper this year, Quinnten Alston still went down to handle for a number of clients. As usual, the show was well run and the volunteers were wonderful. Karen Radley’s Royal Odessa (Royal Prince-Cassini II) was 3rd in the Yearling Fillies class and won the Oldenburg IBC. Rex Roland BHF (Royal Prince-Domiro), bred/owned by Paula Byrum, was 3rd in both his Two-Year Old Colts/Geldings class and the Hanoverian IBC. April Schultz’s CCS Celeborn won the Yearling Colts class and CCS Elendil was 3rd in the Two-Year Old Fillies division. It was Tawna King’s 2014 Qredit-Lord Sinclair filly that stole the show though. Quarter Sinclaire won the Foal Championship, Young Horse Championship, and was Reserve Grand Champion of all ages. Congratulations to all the owners and thank you Quinnten!
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.
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
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.