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.
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.
It is with great sadness that Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm share the news that on Monday, August 23rd Cabana Boy was humanely euthanized following a catastrophic injury while in turnout. Cabana Boy’s well-being, comfort, and quality of life were the focus of each discussion and decision and a team of veterinarians was consulted to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.