Meet Michael Bragdell




Michael is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden. While in Sweden, Michael worked several years at a riding school, serving as an instructor and member of the show jumping team. He continued his riding education in England where he trained and showed young horses for Gustavii Stud. In 1995, Michael joined the Hilltop Team, where he now holds the position of Head Trainer. Over the years he has presented numerous stallions and well over 500 mares and foals at different breed registry inspections. Michael has handled hundreds of horses at breed shows around the country and frequently wins top Championships with them.

In 2005, the major task of young horse backing at Hilltop Farm was placed in Michael’s competent hands. Michael believes in keeping the work interesting for the young horse to ensure they stay fresh and happy throughout their career. Seven of the youngsters that Michael has started at Hilltop have gone on to top finishes in the USEF/Markel Young Horse National Championships including BW-Callista, Cabana Boy, Selten-HW, Qredit, and Hemmingway.

In 2008, Michael captured his first National Championship aboard Selten-HW in the FEI Four-Year Old division and captured this championship again in 2012, this time aboard Hemmingway. Michael has captured numerous wins and Championships from Training Level through FEI and is a USDF Bronze, Silver, & Gold Medalist.  Michael is also a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level.  Michael is available for lessons at Hilltop Farm as well as offering limited clinics.

Career Highlights

2007

  • BLM Reserve Champion Third Level ~ Royal Prince

2008

  • USEF 4 Year Old National Champion ~ Selten-HW
  • Dressage at Devon Reserve Grand Champion ~ Hilltop Cha Cha

2009

  • Dressage at Devon Grand Champion ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • Dressage at Devon ~ Honored with the John JP Perry Memorial Perpetual Trophy
  • USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion Fourth Level ~  Royal Prince
  • BLM Reserve Champion Fourth Level ~ Royal Prince

2010

  • USDF All Breeds (AHS) Training Level, 3rd Place ~ Boxster A

2011

  • USDF Region 8 Champion First Level ~ Boxster A
  • BLM Reserve Champion Prix St. Georges ~ Bugatti Hilltop
  • Dressage at Devon Materiale Champion ~ Felix
  • USDF Horse of the Year First Level, 3rd Place ~ Boxster A
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) First Level Reserve Champion ~ Boxster A

2012

  • USEF 4-Year Old National Champion ~ Hemmingway

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Michael Bragdell from Hilltop Farm, Inc.  is one of the top trainers of young horses in the U.S. today.  His numerous successes at breed shows and inspections, as well as the success of the young horses he has started attest to his knowledge and talent.”

—Linda Wanstreet

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2013

  • USDF Region 1 Champion Intermediare II ~ Don Principe
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Intermediare II Champion ~ Don Principe
  • USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion Third Level ~ Boxster A
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Third Level, 3rd place ~ Boxster A
  • USDF Region 1 Champion First Level ~ Hemmingway
  • USDF Horse of the Year First Level, 3rd place ~ Hemmingway
  • USDF All-Breeds (GOV) First Level Champion ~ Hemmingway

2014

  • USDF Region 1 Champion Third Level ~ Feuerbach
  • USDF Region 1 Champion Fourth Level ~ Boxster A
  • USDF Region 1 Champion Intermediare II ~ Don Principe
  • BLM Champion Third Level ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Fourth Level, 1st place ~ Boxster A
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Grand Prix Level, 4th place ~ Don Principe
  • AHS Co-Champion USEF Four Year Old ~ Sternlicht Hilltop

2015

  • USDF National Champion First Level ~ Sternlicht Hilltop
  • USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion Grand Prix ~ Witness Hilltop
  • USDF Region 1 Champion Intermediare II ~ Witness Hilltop
  • USDF Region 1 Champion Intermediaire I ~ Boxster A
  • USDF Region 1 Reserve Champion Prix St. Georges ~ Boxster A
  • USDF Region 1 Champion First Level ~ Sternlicht Hilltop
  • USDF Horse of the Year First Level, 2nd place ~ Faberge Blue
  • USDF All-Breeds (KWPN) First Level, 1st place ~ Faberge Blue
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Prix St. Georges, 2nd place ~ Boxster A
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Intermediaire I, 2nd place ~ Boxster A
  • USDF All-Breeds (GOV) Prix St. Georges, 4th place ~ Qredit Hilltop

2016

  • USDF National Champion Third Level ~ Sternlicht Hilltop
  • USDF National Champion Third Level Freestyle ~ Faberge Blue
  • USDF Region 8 Reserve Champion Intermediate I ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • USDF Region 8 Reserve Champion Prix St. Georges ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • USDF Region 8 Champion Third Level Freestyle ~ Faberge Blue
  • USDF Horse of the Year Intermediate Freestyle Challenge, 1st place ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • USDF Horse of the Year Intermediate Level Freestyle, 4th place ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • USDF All-Breeds (KWPN) Grand Prix Level, 3rd place ~ Witness Hilltop
  • USDF All-Breeds (KWPN) Third Level Freestyle, 2nd place ~ Faberge Blue
  • USDF All-Breeds (KWPN) Third Level, 4th place ~ Faberge Blue
  • USDF All-Breeds (AHS) Third Level, 1st place ~ Sternlicht Hilltop
  • USDF All-Breeds (GOV) Intermediate Freestyle, 1st place ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • USDF All-Breeds (GOV) Intermediate I, 2nd place ~ Qredit Hilltop
  • USDF All-Breeds (Westfalen) Prix St. Georges, 1st place ~ Feuerbach