Virginia Summer Dressage Breed Show
Quinnten Alston took Relevè HTF (Royal Prince-Cordoba) and Cheap Trick (Contucci-Wonner) down to the Virginia Summer Dressage Breed Show on June 13th. Held at the show grounds in Culpepper, VA, this is always a fun event to attend. Relevè was 2nd in both the Two-Year Old Fillies and Hanoverian IBC class and Nancy Musser’s Cheap Trick was 2nd in the Yearling Colts/Geldings class. Our raising department now gets a few weeks to catch up before the next breed show in July.
On June 25th Parabol was humanely euthanized at Hilltop Farm due to declining health and age-related complications. While our hearts our heavy with this loss, we choose to focus instead on the thirty remarkable years Parabol had...
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.
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.