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.
It was an absolute perfect finish to our Florida show season when Chris and Witness were invited to be on Team USA for the first ever CDIO3* Nations Cup competition in Wellington, Florida. Chris and Witness started the weekend out strong with a 2nd place finish in Friday’s Prix St. Georges, but they really shone in the Freestyle under the lights on Saturday night.
Ten weeks following a surgery that was intended to prolong and sustain the quality of life for the 19-year old Holsteiner stallion, Hilltop Farm lost their founding sire Cabaret on October 28, 1999. An arthrocentesis was performed on the right front fetlock of the stallion in order to" fuse" the fetlock and create relief for a failing suspensory apparatus.
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Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.
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.