VADA/Nova Autumn Dressage
Team Hilltop started off the fall show season with VADA/ Nova’s Autumn Dressage at Morven Park on September 13th and 14th. Michael Bragdell rode Iris Aberbach’s Bugatti gelding, Boxster A, in Saturday’s 4th Level Test 2 and Sunday’s Prix St. Georges, winning both with a 75.811% and a 70.526% respectively. Michael and Faberge Blue, Mitch and Lara Mitchelson’s 4 year old Contango gelding, placed fourth in Saturday’s Training Level Test 3 with a 73.4% and won Sunday’s same test with a strong 78.4%. Look for both of these horses at the USDF Region 1 Championships in North Carolina this October.
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
The influence of a stallion is marked not only by the stallion's success but most importantly by the success of his offspring. Riverman's (Redfort x Alexis III/Landego) offspring set him apart as truly an exceptional sire as they continue to excel in the dressage, eventing, hunter, and jumper rings at all levels of competition.
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.