USDF Instructor Certification Final Testing
April 11-13 was a beautiful weekend at Hilltop for the USDF Instructor Certification Final Testing. This is the second time Hilltop Farm has offered this series and we continue to be impressed with the program’s focus and the faculty’s commitment. As Michael Bragdell reflected, “The USDF Instructor Program has changed quite a lot since the first time I participated and I think the program has a lot to offer instructors of all levels.” Programs like this are very dependent on demo riders and horses and we’re grateful for all the support from the local dressage riders. Congratulations to all the newly Certified Instructors – you’ve worked hard for this! We offer a special congratulations to our trainer Michael Bragdell who now adds the USDF Certification through Fourth Level to his credentials. Congratulations Michael!
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.