Maryland Dressage Show
It’s been a couple of years since we were able to attend the MDA Show in Bel Air and we were very happy to add it back into our schedule this year. It’s a fun, laidback environment and it’s close to home! Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A continues to be a standout as he moves up the levels. On Saturday he won Fourth Level 3 with a score of 72% and was the Fourth Level High-Score for the day and on Sunday he repeated the win and High-Score Award for his Prix St. Georges test. Lara and Mitch Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue is just beginning his show career and this was the first recognized show for the 4-year old Dutch gelding. He earned a 69% and 2nd place in his first class, Training Level 2, but then won his Training Level Test 3 class with a 75.2% on Saturday. The following day he won Training Level 3 with a 75.5% and was High-Score Training Level both days. It was going to be a day filled with 70’s for Michael as he continued the streak with Kaja Brix’s Westfalen gelding Feuerbach. In his first outing with Michael the pair earned a 75.5% in Third Level Test 3 on Satuday and a 72% on Sunday. They were the Third Level High-Score winners for both days. The best part of this show however was having all the owners present to join in the fun!
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
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
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.
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.