USDF Year-End Awards for Hilltop Training Horses
With the finalization of the USDF Year-End Awards, we’d like to congratulate the owners and breeders on the successes of their horses in training here at Hilltop Farm. Congratulations as well to Michael Bragdell and Jessica Fay; our Hilltop trainers had a wonderful 2015 show season. We’d especially like to point out that each of the following horses was bred in the US – a great testament to the quality breeders are producing each year.
Jess and our homebred Cha Ching HTF (Contucci-Cordoba) finished 6th for the USDF Materiale Horse of the Year standings for 4 & 5 Year Old Stallions/Geldings with a 79.7%. Michael had three horses with top Year-End finishes this year. Qredit Hilltop (Quaterback-Dream of Glory), bred by Judy Yancey, is ranked 4th for the Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society All-Breeds at the Prix St. Georges with a median score of 68.947%. Lara and William Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat), bred by Lazy J Sporthorses, was Champion for the KWPN-NA All-Breeds and Reserve Champion for the USDF Horse of the Year at First Level with a median score of 76.324%. Iris Aberbach’s homebred Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) was Reserve Champion for the American Hanoverian Society All-Breeds at Prix St. Georges at 70.132% and Intermediare I with a 70.586%. Boxster also placed 18th overall for the USDF Horse of the Year standings for Intermediare I. Congratulations!
It’s official – the USEF Sire Rankings have been tabulated for the year and we are very proud to announce that for the 2nd year in a row Riverman is the Eventing Sire of the Year and for the 3rd year in a row Royal Prince is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year! Congratulations to all the owners and breeders whose offspring contributed to these wins.
The favorites going into this year's Markel/USEF National Championship, Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy didn't disappoint. After awarding a "9" on submission, judge Hilda Gurney said, “Our general impression, of course, is that he has super talent for collection and for the FEI.
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 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.