Sussex Dressage Show
The heatwave isn’t slowing us down! While everyone at the farm was busy with inspection prep, Michael traveled up to the Sussex Dressage Show in New Jersey. Friday was a super start with the horses. Faberge Blue won his Open Prix St. Georges with a 72%, SenSation HW earned an impressive 8.66 in his USEF 4-Year Old test, and Qredit earned a 77.5% in his Intermediare II. On Saturday, Qredit again won the Intermediare II with another strong score of 73.947%. In their USEF Qualifying classes, Faberge Blue confidently won the Developing Prix St. Georges with a 72.647% and SenSation HW secured his win in the USEF 4-Year Olds with an overall 8.04. Well done!
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
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.