ISR Inspection Saturday Only
Hilltop Farm is hard at work preparing our beautiful facility for those attending the upcoming ISR/Oldenburg Inspection. Based on the current number of entries, both the Hilltop and ISR/Oldenburg staff have decided to make the inspection a one-day event (Saturday, August 16th 2014). This offers an exciting opportunity for spectators to see stallions and mares perform under-saddle, later followed by the broodmare and foal presentations.
Saturday’s program is tentatively expected to start at 8:30 a.m. with the stallion presentations, followed by the Sporthorse and Mare Performance Tests. The inspection will then conclude with mare and foal evaluations. A tentative schedule will be posted online the week of the inspection for a more accurate time frame.
This condensing of the program has opened an opportunity for the judges to give an educational lecture on the evening of Friday the 15th at 6 p.m. The lecture will be a discussion on the challenges facing modern sporthorse breeding and will be open to the public free of charge.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
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.