USDF Region 8 Championships
This year we again traveled to the USDF Region 8 Championships in Saugerties, NY. At the large HITS facility, there were over 1600 rides scheduled over the four days of competition – a massive show! Jessica Fay has had a fantastic season with her horses and Regionals ended on a high note for the 3 mares she qualified. Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba) was 2nd in her First Level warm-up class with a 74%, placed 6th in the USDF Training Level Championship with a 69%, and finished in the top third of 39 horses in her First Level Championship ride. The 4-year old Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) really stepped up for this big show as well. She was 2nd in her Training Level warm-up and finished 5th with a 70% in the USDF Training Level Championship. Jess finished her rides with Michelle Roberts’ homebred mare Donarsagan (Donarweiss GGF-Walstreet Kid). In just her first year of showing, Sagan has been rock solid and wrapped up her year with a 67.6% and earned 7th place in her USDF Second Level Championship.
Michael’s student Beth Custalow qualified for the USDF Regionals with her longtime partner Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant). The showed improvement in their tests over the weekend. Michael also had a busy show riding four horses. Witness Hilltop (Hamlet-Burggraaf) competed in the open show and put in two very strong Grand Prix tests that were rewarded with scores of 68% & 69% and he finished 3rd and 1st in large FEI Test of Choice classes. Michael and Sternlicht Hilltop (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino) competed in the Prix St Georges Championship. They had two costly mistakes, but finished 13th of 39 – not bad for a 7-year old in one of the most competitive divisions. Partnered with Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach (Florestan-Welcome), Michael won his FEI Test of Choice class on Thursday with a 69.55 and finished 4th in the USDF Intermediate I Championship. They earned the Wild Card score needed to secure a place at the US Dressage Finals in November. Our show wrapped up with Qredit Hilltop’s (Quaterback-Dream of Glory) Intermediate II Championship Test. Qredit was steady and consistent throughout the test and earned a 67.368%, was Reserve Champion, and earned a spot for the US Dressage Finals. A great end to a wonderful show. Thank you to NEDA and all the volunteers who do such a fantastic job each year.
Once again we made the long drive out to the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. Michael qualified two horses for the Championships this year.
With each step in their careers, the Riverman offspring continue to impress us with the versatile athleticism that has allowed them to succeed at the highest levels of most every discipline. Over the years we’ve seen Riverman ranked near the top the USEF Leading Sire rankings in multiple disciplines.
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.
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.