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!
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
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.
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 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.