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!
With great sadness, we must announce that our beautiful Holsteiner stallion Cor Noir was put down November 3, 2003 for humane reasons. Cor Noir gave tremendous quality to our Hilltop Farm breeding program, producing our top broodmares and the foundation for so much of our success today.
On June 25th Parabol was humanely euthanized at Hilltop Farm due to declining health and age-related complications. While our hearts our heavy with this loss, we choose to focus instead on the thirty remarkable years Parabol had...
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.