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.
Riverman (Redfort – Landego) has been a cornerstone of the Hilltop Farm stallion line up for many years. Though is career focus was in the dressage arena, we see Riverman offspring excelling in the upper levels of almost every sport including dressage, eventing, combined driving, and most recently Riverman offspring are shining in show jumping...
Hilltop Farm is thrilled that three of our stallions have been named USEF Leading Sires of the Year for 2009. Contucci (Caprimond-Lungau)is the Dressage Sire of the Year; Riverman (Redfort-Landego) is the Eventing Sire of the Year; and for the second year in a row, Royal Prince (Rohdiamant-Prince Thatch xx) is the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year (and Bugatti was ranked second in this category).
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.
The manicured grounds of the Lamplight Equestrian Center were superb as was the quality of the equine competitors at the 2009 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.