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!
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
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