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!
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
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.