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!
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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 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.