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!
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
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.