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's Christopher Hickey and Cabana Boy (Contucci-Bordeaux) attended the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions on August 6-8 at the historic USET headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. At only 8 years old, this was already Cabana Boy's 2nd trip to the Championships. It was especially rewarding to have Hilltop's owner Jane MacElree and her daughters Ann and Leslie on hand to enjoy the show.
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
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.
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.