Hilltop News

USDF Region 1 Championships

246-webIt’s been a fantastic show season here at Hilltop Farm and everyone has been looking forward to the USDF Region 1 Championships in Lexington, VA.  The temperatures were brisk (to say the least), but the sunny sky and fall foliage made for beautiful horse show weather.  Beth Custalow had a strong finish to her season with her wonderful gelding Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant) competing in the Third Level AA Championship and winning their first Fourth Level Test 1 with a score of 64.459%.  Hilltop’s assistant trainer Jessica Fay finished out a strong season with Cha Ching HTF (Contucci-Cordoba) in the Training Level Open Championship.  Tiffany Bragdell showed her own Bellatae (Bugatti-Grusus) to a 7th place finish in the Third Level Open Championship and earned a wildcard score of 68.333% and showed Lesley Feakins’ sport pony Wicked Games (Wicked Courtjester-Nieuwmoeds Patrick) to a 67.927% and 6th place in the Second Level Open Championship and a 70.147% and 5th place in the First Level Open Championship. Congratulations Tiffany on qualifying both of your horses for the USDF National Championships!

Michael Bragdell, Hilltop’s head trainer, had a packed weekend competing horses from First Level through Grand Prix. Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat), owned by Mitch & Lara Mitchelson and bred by Marie Emrey/Lazy J Sporthorses, wrapped up a fantastic season with a 3rd place in Saturday’s First Level Test 3 and a 12th place in Sunday’s huge First Level Open Championship. Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) showed off his maturity and was Reserve Champion in the Prix St. Georges with a 74.211% and was Champion at Intermediaire I with a 71.842%.  Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback-Dream of Glory) was 2nd in Thursday’s Prix St. Georges and placed 5th in the Prix St. Georges Open Championship with a score of 72.171%, well above the wildcard score he needed to earn his trip to Kentucky. Witness Hilltop (Hamlet-Burggraaf) was Champion at Intermediaire II with a 68.092% and was Reserve Champion at Grand Prix with a 66.533%.  Not to be outdone, Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) wrapped up the weekend as the last ride in Ring 3 and what a ride it was!  Scoring a 76.397% he won the First Level Open Championship and the Horse of Course sponsored High-Score Award.

Stallion News

History in the Making


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.

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Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.

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Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti-Ramses Rasul): We received wonderful news from breeder Deb Thomas of Sanford Farms in CT. Deb shared that 2-Year Old Bugatti gelding Bugati Max Effrt SFA (Bugatti x Desert Aurora/Ramses Rasul) was named National Reserve Champion 2-Year Old Half Arabian Gelding at the 2017 AHA National Sport Horse Show. Congratulations to all of “Max’s” connects! >>>

USDF 2017 Year-End Awards: Congratulations to Michael Bragdell on an outstanding year. >>>

Schedule for East and West Coast Stallion Tests Announced: The North American Stallion Sport Test, LLC has released the schedule of events for both the East Coast and West Coast stallion tests in Oct/Nov 2017. All listed events are open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>