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!
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
Each year the United States Dressage Federation honors one breeder as the USDF Dressage Breeder of the Year and we are very excited to share that Hilltop Farm was the recipient for this award in 2013.
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.
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.