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.
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
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.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
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.
Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.