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!
At the Pegasus Dinner during the USA Equestrian Convention, January 11, 2002, Jane MacElree was honored with the Ellen Scripps Davis Memorial Breeders Cup for her contribution to the sporthorse industry. Jane was elected as the one of two recipients for this year’s award and is the first warmblood sporthorse breeder to be given this honor.
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
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 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.