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!
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.
Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate 15 wonderful years at Hilltop Farm! Over 350 people attended this colorful afternoon celebration on Saturday, October 28. We so appreciate the rave reviews over our main event, the music-filled presentation of our stallion line-up and their offspring. We also appreciate everyone’s time, support, and good wishes. Friends and customers traveled as far as from Chicago, Kansas, and South Carolina to celebrate with us.
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.
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.