Great Start to the Season at Morven Park
Michael Bragdell kicked off Hilltop’s show season with a fantastic weekend at Morven Park. The show by the numbers: three horses, six classes, five firsts (one second), and two High-Score awards. Ownerer/breeder Iris Aberbach had cause to celebrate when Boxster A handily won both his Fourth Level Tests including 73.6% in Sunday’s Fourth 2. Morven Park was Qredit Hilltop’s first outing since last year’s USEF Young Horse Championships in August. At six years old, he shows a lot of strength and maturity and easily handled his Third Level debut, winning both his tests with scores of 68-69% and was High-Score Third Level for the show. The show was also Sternlicht Hilltop’s very first outing undersaddle and he handled the environment, including a warmup filled with mares, like a seasoned pro. Sternlicht’s qualifying score of 8.5 in Sunday’s USEF Four-Year Old class will put him at the top of the USEF ranking list for the Young Horse Championships in August. Michael’s students had a great showing as well. Congratulations to Tiffany Bragdell on her win of Saturday’s Fourth 3 with a 70% on her own Fhirefighter and to Anecia Delduco who was 2nd in her first Intermediaire. Great job everyone!
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
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.
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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.
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.