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.
Devon is one of our favorite shows and we always look forward to catching up with other breeders, owners, and friends at this historic show. A large group of horses joined us from Hilltop’s Raising Department and Devon Prep Program making this year’s Devon especially busy for Team Hilltop.
The USEF has recently announced their 2005 Champions! Hilltop Farm’s Elite Hanoverian stallion Contucci has earned the title 2005 USEF Leading Sire Dressage Breeding. Further, Jane MacElree/ Hilltop Farm has been awarded the 2005 USEF Leading Owner Dressage Breeding title from the success of the Hilltop bred youngsters in sport.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.
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.