USDF National Finals
Team Hilltop headed to the US Dressage Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first week in November. We were very excited for Michael to be able to compete for the first time as a US Citizen at a US Championship and to have qualified three horses for the finals. First up for their championship class was Kaja Brix’s Westfalen gelding Feuerbach who competed at 3rd Level on Friday. Michael and Feuerbach put in a solid test finishing just out of the ribbons in 11th with a score of 67.051 in a very competitive class. This is only their fourth show together and we’re excited to see Feuerbach’s continued development in the coming years.
Michael and his longtime partner Boxster A (Bugatti – Weltbekannt), bred and owned by Iris Aberbach, finished off a fantastic year by winning their warmup 4th3 test with a 69.5% on Thursday and then placing 3rd in the 4th Level Championship with a 68%. Michael and Maryanna Haymon’s stallion Don Principe had qualified for two finals classes with their stellar performances at the Region 1 Championship. The pair placed 11th in the Open Grand Prix Final and 3rd in the Intermediaire B Final with a score of 66.548%.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our owners who made this trip possible. It was fantastic to be able to attend the US Dressage Finals in such a world class setting as Kentucky Horse Park. It had a true championship feel and we would like to thank the organizers for all of the hard work that went into putting on a competition of this magnitude. We look forward to being able to attend again in the years to come.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
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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.
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.