Sternlicht GGF News

Sternlicht GGF News

Soliel (Sternlicht-Chanson de Kabaret): Congratulations to breeder Robin Garrett. Her 2017 Sternlicht filly Soliel (Sternlicht x Outrageous/Chanson de Kabaret) was awarded Premium and High Point Champion Filly at her ISR/Oldenburg inspection. The lovely filly earned an impressive overall score of 8.1. >>>

2017 USEF Young/Developing Horse Championships: The USEF Young and Developing Horse Championships remain a highlight of our show plans every year. With only the top 15 of each age group invited to the Finals, the competition is intense yet the sense of comradery and enthusiasm is one of the best of all the shows. >>>

Michael Qualifies Six for USEF Young/Developing Championships: Michael Bragdell succeeded in his big crazy goal for the year! The ranking lists have closed and he has qualified SIX horses for the US Equestrian Young/Developing Horse Championships Lamplight Equestrian Center August 24-27. >>>

2017 AHS/ARS Inspection: We had a fantastic inspection this past week with an overwhelming super quality in the foals. The event started however with two stallions being accepted for AHS/ARS. >>>

Sternlicht Foal Announcements: 07-24-17: Shelly Mellott of Baldwin, MD is so thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Sternlicht colt! Stardust Serenade AKA Bowie was born to Shelly’s AW mare Beste Musik, and Shelly says he is lovely. Congratulations! >>>

Dressage at Stone Tavern II: Jess and Michael had a great show in New Jersey this past weekend with a lot of important results. Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekkant), bred/owned by Iris Aberbach, won both his FEI Test of Choice classes and was High-Score FEI on Saturday. >>>

Virginia Summer Breed Show: The lovely Culpepper show grounds was the site of our next Breed Show outing on June 17th. Only two youngsters from Hilltop shipped down with Quinnten Alston. >>>

ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows: Team Hilltop had a super time at the ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend Shows at the New Jersey Horse Park. It’s apparent they’ve put a lot of work into managing the footing from previous years and the volunteers are wonderful. >>>

VADA/NOVA Spring Show: April 8th-9th saw the first of our dressage shows for the Hilltop Team up north. Morven Park is always a favorite destination for us and was a perfect outing for Sternlicht and Qredit to make a move up. >>>

Florida Season Summary for Hilltop: Two months can go by remarkably fast! Michael Bragdell took eight horses down for winter training and showing options in Florida this year and we can hardly believe their season is already done. >>>

USEF Sire Rankings: The United States Equestrian Federation compiles annual Sire Rankings based on competition results of recorded offspring. With the results finalized the end of December, we’re excited to share the achievements for the current, and a few former, stallions at Hilltop Farm. >>>

2016 US Dressage Finals: What better end to the 2016 show season but to wrap it up with the US Dressage Finals in Lexington, KY. Now in its 4th year, this show just gets better and better thanks to an experienced staff, enthusiastic volunteers, and generous supporters. Thank you ALL who make this show happen! >>>

USDF Year-End Awards: Team Hilltop had an excellent show season and we’re celebrating many USDF Year-End Awards for both our own and client horses. Wonderful job Michael, Jess, & Quinnten. Congratulations to all the owners & breeders! >>>

2016 USDF Regional Championships: This year, we made the choice to travel to Saugerties, NY for the USDF Region 8 Finals. The venue is fantastic at the HITS showgrounds and the NEDA team, as always, run a wonderful show. >>>

Dressage At Devon: All of us here at Team Hilltop enjoyed another successful year at Dressage at Devon 2016. With the help of King Santacruz, Quinnten and Michael presented a number of Hilltop-sired or client-owned horses to top placings over the course of the week. Despite the usual small bit of rainy weather, we were happy to catch up with clients, friends, and even welcome a few new faces into the Hilltop barns. >>>

Murphy’s Sporthorses ISR/Oldenburg Inspection: Breeder Irena Coz Lucas of Kastel Coz Sporthorses had lots exciting inspection results to share after attending the Murphy’s Sporthorses ISR/Oldenburg Inspection in Ramona, CA. Irena attended the inspection with 3 Hilltop-bred offspring. >>>

Stuart (Sternlicht- Nocturno): Another Premium foal for Sternlicht! Ilona English’s colt Stuart (Sternlicht x Natalia/Nocturno) earned an overall inspection score of 8.2 at his ISR/Oldenburg inspection. His overall score earned him the title of High Point Colt of the inspection. Ilona described the colt as “quite fancy and a super mover.” Congratulations Ilona! >>>

Dressage at Stone Tavern: The Stone Tavern Dressage Show & Breed Show filled up the Labor Day weekend for Team Hilltop. Jessica Fay showed Beth Gildea's 4-year old Holsteiner mare Elizabeth's Elan (Quite Easy-Calimero) to wins in Training Level Test 3 & First Level Test 1. >>>

2016 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships: 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. >>>

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. >>>

ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection: Our annual ISR/OldenburgNA Inspection was held August 12-13th and we saw a large, diverse group of good quality horses over the two days. Five stallions were licensed. >>>

AHS/ARS Inspection: We were happy to welcome back the judges from the American Hanoverian Society/American Rhineland Studbook on July 23-24. >>>

Dressage at Lexington: Michael Bragdell traveled down to Lexington, VA for the large Dressage at Lexington show. Maryanna and Wendell Haymon’s young David Bowie MF (Don Principe-Rotspon) was the star of the weekend winning both the Young Horse TOC class and the USEF Four-Year Old Young Horse Qualifier with scores over 8.0. >>>

ESDCTA Memorial Day Breed Shows: Quinnten Alston took two yearling colts to Allentown, NJ for the ESDCTA Breed Shows on May 28-29th . Santana Hilltop (Sternlicht-Anhaltiner) won Saturday's Yearling Colts, was Reserve Colt Champion on Saturday, and placed 2nd in Sunday’s Yearling Colts. >>>

ESDCTA Memorial Day Dressage Shows: Michael Bragdell had outstanding results at the ESDCTA Memorial Day Weekend shows held in Allentown, NJ. He was undefeated on all four of his horses! >>>

Dressage at the Meadow Sport Horse Show: We had a really super start to the 2016 Breed Show Season this week at Dressage at the Meadow in Doswell, VA. Hilltop Farm's own Stetson HTF (Sternlicht - Negro) won his Yearling Colts Class and then went on to be named Champion Colt, Champion Young Horse, and overall Reserve Grand Champion. >>>

The First Foals Arrive: Hilltop’s 2016 foaling season is off to a wonderful start. It’s coming to the end of April now and the first five foals are safely on the ground. Double H Farm’s jumper mare Ultra (Willem van de Helle) produced her first foal in March. >>>

Sternlicht & Qredit Close Out Our Florida Season: Our Florida season wrapped up in a winning fashion at the Global Dressage #7 show in Wellington. Qredit placed 1st & 2nd in his Developing PSG classes with scores of 70% and 68.4% over the two days. >>>

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%. >>>

The Show Season Begins: The Gold Coast Opener in Wellington, Florida was held January 21-24 and marks Michael first show of the year. Qredit was 6th in the Prix St. Georges Open and won Sunday’s Developing Horse Prix St. Georges with two soft, flowing tests. >>>

Sternlicht Hilltop Wins US Championships: Sternlicht drew an early time spot for the USDF First Level Championships, but the brisk weather didn’t change his focus or fluidity. Together with Michael Bragdell, the pair put in an outstanding test that earned an overall 74.363% and all scores of 8’s for gaits and impulsion. >>>

USDF National Dressage Finals: For anyone who hasn’t yet attended the USDF National Dressage Finals, you should add this to your must-do list! The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is a very unique and picturesque venue that sets the impressive tone from the first minute you pull in. >>>

USDF Region 1 Championships: It’s been a fantastic show season here at Hilltop Farm and everyone has been looking forward to the USDF Region 1 Championships in Lexington, VA. The temperatures were brisk (to say the least), but the sunny sky and fall foliage made for beautiful horse show weather. >>>

Dressage at Devon 2015: Throughout the years, Dressage at Devon has held the distinction of being one of Team Hilltop’s favorite shows each season, and 2015 has proven no different. It is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with our amazing clientele, new and old friends alike, and serves as a true showcase of the amazing horses the US industry is currently producing. >>>

Sternenklar KC (Sternlicht – Grandios): Another premium foal for Sternlicht! Sternenklar KC (Sternlicht x Grand Bella Nina/Grandios) earned excellent results at the Murphy’s Sporthorses ISR/Oldenburg Inspection in Ramona, CA. >>>

VADA/NOVA Fall Show: A rainy weekend at Morven Park couldn’t keep our spirits down! One of our last ‘regular’ shows of the season, the VADA/NOVA Fall show not only served as a final qualifier, but also as a fall warm-up for horses that will be headed to Regionals. >>>

Dressage at Dunmovin’: On September 9th Michael took two horses up to Dunmovin’ Farm in West Chester, PA for a quick warm-up outing. Sternlicht produced a forward, accurate First Level Test 3 that easily scored a 71%. >>>

American Hanoverian Society Inspection: Hilltop Farm was proud to host the American Hanoverian Society Inspection on July 19-20. Judges were Meg Williams, Jürgen Rump, and George Walker. >>>

CDCTA Dressage at Morven Park: Michael Bragdell returned to Morven Park this weekend for the 2nd show of the season for Team Hilltop. Iris Aberbach’s wonderful gelding Boxster A won his Prix St. Georges test on Saturday and was 2nd in his first Intermediaire I test on Sunday with a strong score of 65%. >>>

Hilltop Has A 3rd Colt: On April 22nd our Hanoverian mare EM Raja HTF (Royal Prince-Parabol) did a good night’s work and gifted us with a new Sternlicht colt. This baby is all bay with a star and oh so handsome! >>>

It’s Another Colt!: On April 20th our KWPN mare Uforia (Negro-Fruhling) gave us a big, healthy Sternlicht colt and he is gorgeous! >>>

Second Foal of the Season for Hilltop: Having worked with Virginia Tech for several years we are especially excited about leasing their mare Allegra Q (Anhaltiner-Wertherson), who presented us with a simply stunning Sternlicht colt on April 18th. >>>

USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships: The horses arrived in great shape out in Chicago, with Sternlicht coming all the way from Hilltop and Jim Koford and Doctor Wendell MF (Don Principe-Sandro Hit) joining us from Kentucky. >>>

RPSI Stallion Approvals: Five new stallions are now approved RPSI! We were pleased to welcome the Rheinland Phalz-Saar International registry to Hilltop Farm on August 6th. >>>

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. >>>

Lexington Spring Dressage: A busy week of horse shows continued for us with the Lexington Spring Dressage Show. Showing stallions while there is a breed show also running on the show grounds can be a bit of a challenge at times, but Qredit and Sternlicht stayed focused on Michael and the work throughout the weekend. Saturday began with Qredit winning his Third Level Test 2 class with a 68.4%. Qredit’s power and expression catches spectators’ attention wherever he goes and it’s fun to watch a crowd follow him from warm-up to the show ring. >>>

Great Start to the Season at Morven Park: Michael Bragdell kicked off Hilltop's show season with a fantastic weekend at Morven Park. The show by the numbers: three horses, six classes, five firsts (one second), and two High-Score awards. Ownerer/breeder Iris Aberbach had cause to celebrate when Boxster A handily won both his Fourth Level Tests including 73.6% in Sunday’s Fourth 2. Morven Park was Qredit Hilltop’s first outing since last year’s USEF Young Horse Championships in August. >>>

Hilltop Farm Purchases Sternlicht GGF: Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society. >>>