VADA/NOVA Fall Show
A rainy weekend at Morven Park couldn’t keep our spirits down! One of our last ‘regular’ shows of the season, the VADA/NOVA Fall show not only served as a final qualifier, but also as a fall warm-up for horses that will be headed to Regionals. Michael started the show with Iris Aberbach’s wonderful gelding Boxster A. The pair placed 2nd in Saturday’s Inter I with a score of 66.7%. Sternlicht Hilltop is certainly happy to be out showing again this fall and put in an inspiring test to win the large First Level Test 3 class with a 79% on Saturday. Michael’s 3rd ride in 3 hours was with Witness Hilltop and they won the Inter II with a score of 69%. Michael could finally catch some breakfast after all of that! In Third Level Test 3, Tiffany Bragdell placed 2nd in the open division with her own Bellatae with a 67% and Beth Custalow was 2nd in the amateur division with her Bvlgari with a 65%. Finishing the day, was our 3-yr old mare Quinzy HTF (Qredit-Cordoba). This was Quinzy’s first show and Jess Fay was thrilled with how she handled the busy warm-up and splashing through all the puddles. She was 2nd in the Materiale class which included older mares.
Sunday morning began with Witness winning the Grand Prix with a 66.5%. Boxster produced a focused, harmonious Prix St. Georges test to earn a 70% and 2nd place. Michael finished his rides with Sternlicht, and had another win in First Level Test 3 with a 76%. Tiffany and Bellatae improved their Sunday score to 68% and were 2nd place in the Third Level 3 open, while Beth and Bvlgari were 1st for adult amateur’s with a 63.8%. Finishing out the weekend, was Jess Fay riding Quinzy. Quinzy was super today despite the 40mph winds and won the Materiale class. A great outing for all!
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).
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
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.
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.