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.
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
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).
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.