Qredit Wins Intermediaire I Debut
The Florida show season is in full swing and Michael took Sternlicht and Qredit out again this past weekend. Sternlicht has his second weekend at Third Level and earned scores of 69% & 71%. While he was a little distracted on Saturday, we’re still very happy with the willingness he has for the more difficult work. A crowd seems to follow him wherever he goes and he loves the attention. Qredit had his Intermediaire I debut on Saturday and handily won with a 71.7% from his forward, flowing test. Sunday’s Developing Prix St. Georges also scored above 71% – a consistent performance throughout the weekend. One more show for these two at the very end of the month and then back home to Hilltop for the start of breeding season.
With great sadness, we must announce that our beautiful Holsteiner stallion Cor Noir was put down November 3, 2003 for humane reasons. Cor Noir gave tremendous quality to our Hilltop Farm breeding program, producing our top broodmares and the foundation for so much of our success today.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
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In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.