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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.

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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.

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The phone rings at Hilltop Farm and breeding manager Natalie DiBerardinis answers. Just as she suspected, it is a mare owner looking for advice. Which stallion would be a good match for her mare, the caller asks anxiously. With scientific advances in artificial insemination, the choices for a perfect partner have never been greater, but that doesn't mean the selection process is any simpler. DiBerardinis asks the owner a few questions about her mare and suggests she complete Hilltop's online questionnaire. After reading it, she and the caller will talk again to discuss the options.

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Recent News

2017 Dressage at Devon: Another Dressage at Devon is in the books for Team Hilltop. Once again, we welcomed back King Santacruz to join Michael Bragdell in handling a number of Hilltop-sired and client-owned horses for Hilltop Farm. Thank you to Michael and King for a superb job with all the horses and to all the Hilltop staff both at home and at the show that pull this off year after year! >>>

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. >>>

Dunmovin Dressage: Well the rain may have gotten us totally soaked, but it was still a great show at Dunmovin. Jess Fay took two horses out for their first dressage shows with super results. >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>