July 2nd Blue Goose Dressage
Just before the holiday Michael Bragdell squeezed in one more show at our favorite local show grounds – Blue Goose Dressage. It was a busy day with 4 horses and temperatures in the 90’s but it was just the outing each needed. Starting the morning with Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach, Michael earned the needed qualifying score for Regionals and was 2nd in Third 3 with a 65.5%. Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A won Fourth Level 2 with a 72% and was High-Score Fourth Level. With another Bugatti offspring, this time Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci), Michael won Third Level 2 and was High-Score Third Level with a 70.7%. And finally, Lara & Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue continued his streak of scores in the 70’s with a 72.6% in Training Level 3.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category).
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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.
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.