VADA/NOVA Autumn Show
The VADA/NOVA Autumn Show over at Morven Park enjoyed perfect early fall weather, with sunny skies and pleasant temps. Jess Fay took out Hilltop’s 3-year old mare Qindle HTF (Qredit-Royal Prince) for her 2nd show and came home with a 2nd and a 1st in the Mare Materiale classes and scores in the 70’s. Keeping these early undersaddle outings fun and low stress is so important for the young ones and we’re lucky to have Jess in charge of them. Michael Bragdell also took a few horses over to Morven. In his first show outing, Anne Howard’s Finery (Furstenball-Diamond Hit) impressed earning a 76% & 78% at Training Level. What a great start to his show career! Michael also used this outing as a warm-up for some of his Regional Championship horses. Kaja Brix’s Feuerbach won both of his Prix St. Georges classes with scores of 68% & 69%. Mitch & Lara Mitchelson’s Faberge Blue placed 3rd in Third Level Test 3 with a 65% and then made the move up to Fourth Level a winning one with a score of 67%.
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.
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.
For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.