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. Stabling is good, footing in the rings is excellent, and the competition management and countless volunteers make this a truly memorable event each year.
Michael Bragdell qualified four horses from to compete at the USDF Finals this year. In the very large and competitive Prix St. Georges Open Championships, Michael had back-to-back finishes with a 7th place going to Qredit Hilltop on a score of 68.684% and an 8th place to Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A with a score of 68.333%. In the Intermediaire II Open Championship, Michael piloted Witness Hilltop to a 6th place finish with a score of 65.395%. Finishing out Michael’s show was the youngster of the group, Sternlicht Hilltop. The 5-Year old stallion did not disappoint and confidently won the First Level Championships with a 74.363%. Sternlicht also won the AHS High-Scoring Hanoverian Award for the National Levels and Qredit won the OHBS (GOV) High-Scoring Award for the FEI Levels. What a way to end the year!
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.
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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.
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.