VADA/NOVA Summer Dressage Show
Just as the breed show horses were headed home, Michael arrived with two of his riding horses to continue the show weekend at Morven Park on June 5-7. Iris Aberbach’s Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt) continues to show top form in his work, winning the Intermediaire I both days with scores of 70% & 71%. Lara & Mitch Mitchelson were also on-hand to see their Faberge Blue (Contango-Democraat) handily win all three of his First Level tests with scores ranging from 74% to 78%. Joining us at the show was Michael’s student Beth Custalow. Riding Bvlgari (Bordeaux-Rohdiamant), Beth finished 4th & 2nd in her Third Level 3 tests with scores of 64% & 72%. Thanks to the show management and all the volunteers for a wonderful weekend.
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.
The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
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.