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.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
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
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.
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.