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!
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.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
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 dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.