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.
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.
Riverman (Redfort – Landego) has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion line up for many years. Though is career focus was in the dressage arena, we see Riverman offspring excelling in the upper levels of almost every sport including dressage, eventing, combined driving, and most recently Riverman offspring are shining in show jumping...
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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.