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.
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.
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
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.