USDF Region 1 Championships
What a wonderful weekend at Regionals! On the first day of the USDF Region 1 Championships Michael won the Third Level Finals with Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach and the Intermediate B with Don Principe owned by Marydell Farm. With Faberge Blue, owned by Mitch & Lara Mitchelson, he also won the open division of the $200 Welcome Stakes at Training Level. On Friday the 4-year old Faberge Blue was 8th in the Training Level Championships with a score of 70%. On Saturday Michael won the Fourth Level Open Championship with Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A with a 71.625% and Feuerbach was 2nd in his Fourth Level Test of Choice. Michael and Don Principe capped off the show with a 5th place and a score of 64.967% in the Grand Prix. Thank you to each of the owners of these talented horses. We feel lucky to have them here at Hilltop Farm. Special thanks to Michael’s wonderful groom, Natalie Wolfer, who keeps this entire group looking so good.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the Hanoverian stallion Tiamo Trocadero (Trapper-Darling). Tiamo Trocadero lived at Hilltop Farm from 2006 to 2008 and stood in our Guest Stallion Program for two seasons. Tiamo had an outstanding International dressage record which included being named an Alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the British Dressage Team.
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.
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.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.