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.
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.
Riverman (Redfort – Landego) has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion line up for many years. Though is career focus was in the dressage arena, we see Riverman offspring excelling in the upper levels of almost every sport including dressage, eventing, combined driving, and most recently Riverman offspring are shining in show jumping...
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