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!
The Lamplight Equestrian Center showgrounds were an exceptional stage for the USEF Young Horse National Championships this past weekend and we could not be happier with the performances of Hemmingway (Hofrat - Archipel) and Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback - Dream of Glory).
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.