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.
Hilltop Farm regretfully announces the passing of a wonderful stallion and a real show jumping star. On November 13, 2002, the famous jumping stallion VIP passed away while enjoying a beautiful sunny day in his paddock. At nearly 24-years of age, VIP still came out of his stall each day with the exuberance of a 3-year old! No one would have guessed it would be his last day.
The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.