Sternlicht & Doctor Wendell Qualify for USEF Championships
The official letters were released this week and we are thrilled to share that Hilltop Farm’s Sternlicht and Marydell Farm’s Doctor Wendell MF have both been invited to the USEF/Markel Young Horse National Championships August 20-24th near Chicago, IL. Sternlicht qualified in the Four-Year Old division with an average score of 8.28 with trainer Michael Bragdell. Doctor Wendell will contest the Six-Year Old division and qualified on an overall average of 8.0 with rides by Chris Hickey and Jim Koford. If you are in the area, please come and join us in cheering on these talented US-bred stallions.
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.