Maplewood Breed Show I & II
Hilltop handler Quinnten Alston headed up this week for the Maplewood Breed Shows in New York. Hilltop’s Denver HTF (Donarweiss-Royal Prince) was 3rd in his class the first show, but improved on the second show to place 2nd in his age group and 3rd in the Colts/Geldings Championship class under judge Anne Gribbons. Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) was 5th in the Yearling Fillies on day 1 and moved up to 2nd place on day 2. Virginia Leary brought Don de Lion (Don Hill-Hawthorne) for his first outing and he won the Yearling Colts class with a 78%. Mary LaBlanca’s Briljant G (Bugatti-Babar) was 4th in her age group each day, but perhaps had the run we were most proud of – Mary showed her for the first time in the Amateur Handler class and placed 2nd! The process of breeding and raising your young horse is a slow one and we’re excited that Mary wants to be involved in her filly’s early training at the shows. It was a great experience for both of them. Congratulations!
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.
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.