Two More Foals
We’re still in the midst of foaling season here at Hilltop Farm and have two more arrivals to announce. On the afternoon of April 23rd, the first foal for Michelle Ryan’s lovely Bahia Breeze (Benetton Dream-Banditentraum) arrived. He is a handsome colt by Contucci. It’s no surprise he’s a tall, strongly built chestnut and we can’t wait to show him off at his inspection. Just a few days later we welcomed the second filly of the season. The veteran mare Marhaela (Hailo-Martini) gave Virginia Leary a beautiful, leggy filly by Don Hill. Three more mares to go!
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
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.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.