July Blue Goose Dressage Show
We started off the month with the Blue Goose Dressage Show on July 1st. Jessica Fay took our homebred Cha Ching HTF (Cordoba-Weltmeyer) for another outing at Training Level and was well rewarded with a score of 74.9% and a 9 on gaits. Michael Bragdell had a very busy day with three rides on three different horses and came home with three High-Score Awards. Mitch and Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) continues to pull in high scores at every outing, including a 75.3% at First Level Test 2 on this outing. Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach (Florestan-Welcome) earned his second qualifier for Regionals with a 69.3% at Fourth Level Test 3. Finishing out the winning streak for Michael was Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) with an impressive score of 71.1% at Intermediare I. Thank you to all the volunteers who keep these shows running so smoothly!
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
Hilltop Farm's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
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.
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.