Lexington Spring Dressage
A busy week of horse shows continued for us with the Lexington Spring Dressage Show. Showing stallions while there is a breed show also running on the show grounds can be a bit of a challenge at times, but Qredit and Sternlicht stayed focused on Michael and the work throughout the weekend. Saturday began with Qredit winning his Third Level Test 2 class with a 68.4%. Qredit’s power and expression catches spectators’ attention wherever he goes and it’s fun to watch a crowd follow him from warm-up to the show ring. In the FEI Young Horse Test of Choice class, Sternlicht earned a 7.72 and also finished in 1st place over quite a large field. Sunday saw a reversed order with Sternlicht starting the day in the USEF Four-Year Old qualifier. His overall score was an 8.06 and one of the judges’ comments was “now this is a dressage horse!” Competing for the first time in Third Level Test 3, Qredit once again won his class with a 68.7%. The trot tour was a particular highlight and he shows such suppleness in his half-passes. We’re in full swing with breeding season right now, so the boys will get a little break before they show again this summer.
The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.
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 Articles & Interviews
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.
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.