Sternlicht & Doctor Wendell Qualify for US Championships
The US Young Horse/Developing Horse Championships will again be held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL at the end of August. Sternlicht will be contesting the FEI Six-Year Old classes with Michael Bragdell and Doctor Wendell MF will be competing in the Developing Grand Prix with Jim Koford. Additionally, Michael will be showing David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) in the USEF Four-Year Old division. The Young Horse Championships have become a very important showcase for some of the best of US breeding and we’re very excited to be making this journey again.
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
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%.
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.
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.