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.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.