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!
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
It’s hard to believe that it really has been 20 years already. When Jane MacElree first purchased the stallions Cabaret and Nureyev, she had no idea of what would evolve in the coming years, but what a journey it has been! On October 29th Jane, the Hilltop staff, and many of our friends, family, and clients celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a wonderful party at the farm.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.