USDF Year-End Awards for Hilltop Trainers & Horses
As the 2014 show season draws to a close, the USDF Year End Awards have been finalized. Both Michael Bragdell and Quinnten Alston have had a fantastic year with Hilltop and client owned horses alike.
Iris Aberbach’s Bugatti gelding, Boxster A was 1st for the American Hanoverian Society All-Breeds Award and 5th for USDF Horse of the Year at 4th Level with a median score of 71.796%. Maryanna Haymon’s Hanoverian stallion Don Principe ranked 4th for AHS All-Breeds Awards at Grand Prix and they finished off the scores needed for Michael’s USDF Gold Medal in Michael’s first year of showing at the Grand Prix. Mitch and Lara Mitchelson’s 4-Year Old Dutch Warmblood gelding Faberge Blue LJS also finished the season strongly, ranking 29th for USDF HOY at Training Level with a 73.5% median score.
We were very excited to have Quinnten take over handling at breed shows this year. The Hilltop Farm owned and bred yearling Hanoverian filly Relevé HTF (Royal Prince- Cordoba) was Reserve Champion HOY for her age group. Quinnten also handled Karen Radley’s yearling Royal Prince filly Royal Odessa who finished the year 2nd for ISR/ Oldenburg and 13th for HOY. Quinnten reunited with Mo Swanson’s young stallion Dheputy who finished the year in first place for DSHB Stallions HOY and GOV All-Breeds. Congratulations to all of our owners and breeders and thank you for helping to make this year so successful.
The United States Equestrian Federation gives awards to the top placing sires, breeders, and owners based upon their offspring show records over the past year at USEF recognized shows. For the 2008 show season, Hilltop Farm stallions once again proved their consistency as Leading Sires in the US.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.