There was quite a stir
after Selten HW’s
huge success as a Champion stallion at the Oldenburg
A phenomenal black
stallion being so successful is what everybody wants to have in the
barn. It is with great proud and delight to announce that Selten
HW was sold to a Pan Am rider and will be prepared for an
international future with care and lot’s of love. We are sure we’ll
hear a lot more about him and we wish him and his new owner all the best
for their plans to show him up to the highest levels. He moved back to
the place where he grew up and is at Hilltop right now. Michael Bragdell
and the Hilltop Team are glad to have him back. It was quite a happy
reunion. Selten HW will spend his winter there and it is planned
to move him to California in spring or summer. He will then be in
training with his new owner and with knowledgeable people like Günter
Seidel and Klaus Balkenhol (Coach USET Dressage Team). Congratulations
and good luck!
Our home bred Selten
HW is now (December 2007) officially added to the Oldenburg
Registry North America & International Sporthorse Registry Website.
Wonderful news from Verden in Germany: The very strong damline of Donatella
HW and Santina HW
keeps producing and proving to be one of the best. Wachau II (Weltmeyer/Prince
named after Donatella
HW’s dam, in foal to San
Hit/Plaisir D’Amour) and just 3 years old won her mare performance
test with outstanding scores of 8,33 for interior, with a 9 for
character and an 8,5 for gaits at the test with an 8 canter, 8,5 trot
and a 9 walk. Congratulations to the breeders Torben and Herrmann for
their ongoing success, great eye and phenomenal fore sight to pick the
right matches for their girls.
Yes, I'm keeping Roman...he's
just wonderful and I'm learning to ride him well. Roman has
such big movements! Oh by the way...Catherine my trainer showed Roman
at Level 4, 3rd test and took the championship at the Houston Dressage
in November! In fact, we've showed him 3 times now here in the
states and she's taken the "blue-ribbon" each and every time!
His lead-changes are awesome!
I'm telling every one I
know that you have a keen eye for great horses!
bloodlines are RIGHT ON, another Sandro
Hit x Donnerhall
was Champion of the 2007 Oldenburg
Stallion Licensing in Europe!
x Classiker offspring was proclaimed Champion of the 2007 Oldenburg
Stallion Licensing in Vechta, Germany, on Saturday November 24, 2007.
The same pedigree combination (Sandro
Hit x Donnerhall)
also produced the licensing champion of the Hanoverian
society in Verden last month.
branded champion sold at the auction for Euro 340,000.
congratulations to Lamborghini
took her horse to Tryon for a show and did very well! They keep the show
and Boghi rode in a clinic over Labor
Day weekend with Chris
Hickey, head trainer at Hilltop Farm and recent Individual Gold
Medalist at the Pan Am Games.
Another milestone for HW
Farm and the breeding program managed by Irene Höflich-Wiederhold.
Selten HW and Sagenhaft
HW moved in at Hassler Dressage with their rider and trainer Brooke Doss.
Barely one week after their arrival, Selten
HW was called the Champion stallion of the Oldenburg inspection with
the highest score of the day, a whopping 83%. With a 9 for canter, 8,5
for trot etc……more info to follow.
Congratulations and 1000 times thank you to his
rider Brooke Doss and to Scott Hassler for presenting him and doing a
His dam SPS
High Princess (a special mare entered with the phenomenal score of 9
in the Hanoverian
mare book!) is a last time in foal to Sandro
Hit for spring 2008. We can’t wait to see the last full sibling to
Selten HW, Sagenhaft
HW and Soraya HW.
The foal will be for sale if it is a colt, if it is a filly, it will
stay with us. If you are interested to buy this quality foal in utero,
don’t hesitate. If you are interested in a high quality FEI prospect
under saddle, Sagenhaft
HW will now become available for purchase.
every time out! Donatella
HW won/placed in all her classes at the November 2007 South West
Dressage Association show, First Level three and First Level four and
her highest score of the day was a 73,9 %. With this super result, Donatella
HW and her rider Vivienne (16 years old) proved, that Donna is back
in the game at her first outing after giving birth to the phenomenal
colt Sundance HW
in 2007. Donna was High Point Champion of the show and won a saddle pad
and a Champion ribbon.
Way to go girls!
Hit x Donnerhall,
2007 Hanoverian Stallion Licensing Champion
October 28, 2007
A Sandro Hit
offspring became the Licensing Champion at the 2007 Hanoverian Stallion
Licensing in Verden, Germany, October 27, 2007. The dark bay stallion is
bred and presented by Kerstin Albers-Büker and is by Sandro
Hit of out Danea (Donnerhall
The young colt sold at the auction for the top price of 700,000 euro to
the French millionaire Xavier Marie of Haras de Hus in France, the
former owner of Poetin (most expensive auction horse at that time).
Now that the 2007 show season is
over I thought I would give you the results for Dormellosohn
HW). At the final show of the season, our Regional Championships he
was great! We placed 8th at the training level championships (it was the
first test of the first day of the show which is never our best), then
we placed 2nd in the NEDA training level sweepstakes with a combined
score of training tests 3 & 4 of 69.2%,and placed 4th in the AA high
score of the show championships with a 70.8%.
Our year end standings are: #1 AA Training Level Region 8
#3 AA Training Level New England
Dressage Assoc. median 69.2%
#11 Vintage Cup Training Level
#42 AA USDF Training Level
#4 All-Breed AA Training Level
#9 All-Breed Open Training Level
#1 All-Breed Vintage Cup Training
I'm already making plans for next
season, he has one qualifying score for the Regional Championships at
first level already of 66.8%. Hope to put a freestyle together for next
year also. Thanks. Kris
I decided at the last minute to try to qualify Faulkner
for regional championships. So I was lucky enough to get into the
last show of the qualifying period, after the closing date even.
The show was in Claremore, OK, which is a 6 1/2 hour drive for us.
We arrived at the showgrounds and as I was unloading the trailer, I
realized that the showgrounds were also gathering place for the
HOMECOMING PARADE! There were floats with streamers, and balloons.
Hundreds of children running around. And, to top it all off, a
MARCHING BAND! Faulkner never batted an eye. All of this was
going on only a couple hundred feet from the lunging and warm up area,
all within plain sight, and he paid absolutely no attention to it
whatsoever. He was equally good during the show on Saturday and
Sunday. On Saturday, he had the highest score of the show, with a
75+% in Training Level test 4. We had a couple of small bobbles in
First Level test 4, but still scored at 71+%. He won both of those
tests with some very good competition. He was equally good on
Sunday. I only showed First Level test 4, he was nearly perfect,
and scored at 74+%, winning the class again. The judges gave him
8's on his gaits across the board. One judge's comment was
"Fantastic Horse!" This horse only gets better as he is
maturing physically and mentally. His ability to focus and put his
heart into his work is remarkable. Thank-you again Irene for finding
such a talented horse.
Hanoverian Elite-Auction of Foals
With Euro 41.000 (approximately
US $ 55,000) the most expensive foal of the first auction day was
His Lanthan grand dam is also the dam of Santina
HW and the grand dam of Donatella
HW. Pamina by Prince
Thatch, is a half sister to Wachau
and was bred by the same breeders as Donatella
HW, Santina HW
Huge congratulations to them!
An e-mail just delivered updates on Donatella
HW’s half brother Sandokan. Only 6 years old and by Santini out of
dam Wachau, he is winning one class after another. He is competing at
S-level dressage already, equaling approximately 4th level, he qualified
for international classes after only 3 shows. He won 3 out of 4 classes,
but will have to wait until next year to compete internationally because
of age limits, which are restricting him right now. The results speak
for the high ride ability which come naturally with these bloodlines and
genes. We can’t wait to start Santina
HW under saddle in spring of 2008, as she is out of Sandokan and
Donatella’s grand dam and just looks as promising as her entire
second place for Stephanie and Grafit,
congratulations to them: South County Dressage Classic, First Level
Dressage, 2nd place. SCS San Juan Capistrano, First Level Dressage, 1st
August 24th - 25th, 2007
- The 6th Oldenburg Elite Foal Auction and Foal Market in
are a Huge Success
On Friday the Elite Foal Auction
was started with an introduction of the foals outside on a beautiful
sunny day. It was clear from the crowd's reaction that there were many
top quality foals presented, and that the auction to follow was going to
be an interesting event. The absolute highlight of the auction fell much
later in the evening when Number 103, Säbeltanz
(Sandro Hit x Wolkentanz
II - Donnerhall), entered the arena. There
had been a lot of buzz about this colt when he went floating around the
grass in the parade earlier in the day, and that built up the
anticipation and excitement as the price kept climbing. The hammer
finally went down after an epic battle between
prevailed buying the super colt for 127,000 Euro which is approximately
$174,000. The breeder of this luxury foal is Lüder
Lepenies, he is also the breeder of SPS
High Princess and Sagenhaft
HW (full brother to Selten
HW and Soraya
HW). Lüder just called and said he is
more than excited with this result as Saebeltanz
is now the overall most expensive foal at any German auction (all
registries!) so far!
Here for the Highlights Video of Säbeltanz
Credit and copyright:
The text of
the catalogue read as followed: Spectacular is also the last Sandro
Hit son. Maximum movements with the highest degree of suppleness lend
this obvious stallion prospect an aura that makes him special.
showed Amerika in Springfield Illinois. She won a large and
competitive First Level Test 4 with a score of 67+. Congratulations
to Erin and Amerika!
hill breed show - Top Placings for Team Hilltop
The Fair Hill Breed Show, on
August 11-12, is always a favorite show for Hilltop Farm. Close to
home, well-run, and a relaxed atmosphere make it a perfect outing to
gain some important mileage for the younger horses.
HW (Sandro Hit x Hohenstein), owned by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold,
impressed in his undersaddle debut. The young stallion's
impressive movement created a buzz at the show as he won the 3 year old
Colts & Geldings Materiale class and the judge specifically sought
out Michael Bragdell after the class to tell him personally what a
"super" horse she felt Selten
HW was. He won the class with a huge distance to the second
place (another Sandro
Hit son) and he scored a 7,8 for walk, 8,3 for trot and an 8,5 for
canter, which is an overall score of 8,2. The show was rather scored
low, which makes these results even better! It was only his second show
which he attended (at his first show he was in hand, being Reserve Grand
and more) and Fair Hill was his first show under saddle ever. What a
outstanding boy, especially considering he was only 3 years and 3 months
old at the time of the show.....
2007: Unbelievable, I just got a Blackberry message from
Debbie about Lavarino (Let’s
Dance HW), she wrote the
won again last weekend! I think he likes competing!
More good news, Feldmark (Forrester)
and Jennifer are staying busy showing off their skills. Congratulations
to the following successes:
Spring Intro Dressage I: First
Level Dressage, won both classes Spring Intro Dressage II: First Level
Dressage, AGAIN, won both classes Fort Vancouver Dressage: First Level
Dressage, placed 2nd and 3rd Fort Vancouver Dressage: Second Level
Dressage, placed 3rd and won the other class It was also reported that
Feldmark was High Point Champion and just a star as always!
Good news from Calvin
and Mary, huge congratulations to this match made in heaven:
GHF/Collecting Gaits Farm Three
Horsemen Dressage Show: First Level Dressage, placed 2nd and 3rd GHF/Collecting
Gaits Farm Annual Dressage 1st Edition: Second Level Dressage, placed
1st GHF/Collecting Gaits Farm Annual Dressage 2nd Edition: Second Level
Dressage, placed 4th
Congratulations to LeeAnn and Le
Bob – what a great team:
Dressage Concours: Third Level Dressage, placed 1st, 3rd and 6th Double
Delight Dressage Festival I: Third Level Dressage, placed 1st and 2nd
Double Delight Dressage Festival II: Third Level Dressage, placed 3rd
Congratulations to Lamborghini
, July 2007: Several riders from LKN Dressage participated in the very
large show at
. Elaine and Lamborghini
scored a 65.6% in Training Level Test 3 and came in at 3rd place.
Summer Highland Fling Dressage
Show, Tyron, July 2007: We had a great show this weekend, Elaine and
Lamborghini scored a 68% in Training Level Test 3 and placed second.
Summer Schooling May 2007:
This month, Elaine had the
opportunity to ride a clinic with Chris Hickey, Director of Training at
Hilltop Farm. Elaine rode Lamborghini
and they worked on keeping Boghi’s alert mind focused on his work.
Horse and rider were very enthusiastic about the learning experience.
Elaine and Boghi
note to let you know Lavarino (Let's
Dance HW) won again!!!! More info to follow as I am very tired. But
he won another event, in a large division with quite a few pros with
their young horses. He lead from the very beginning winning the dressage
by five points and then jumping like a star.
(nicknamed Nino (Let’s
Dance HW)) deserves to have me write a proper testimonial about him.
He has been coming along beautifully! You knew he won at his first
dressage show, but did I tell you that he did his first event? He
won that too! Jumping boldly crosscountry and show jumping while
totally loving his job. He competes again in an event this Sunday,
so please keep your fingers crossed for us.
is well, Debbie
Just wanted to let you know
that Frodo (Royal
Touch) was a star yesterday at his first show. He did the FEI
4yr.old test and got a 7.8! The judge had many nice things to say
about his gaits but her best comment was "very willing and
allowed the rider's aids to flow so easily through his body."
It's so true!
Thanks once again for a great
Congratulations to Amanda
Baily (owner and rider of Faulkner)
– she is featured as one of the most fascinating people in
!!! What a journey through life, enjoy!
June 2007, we just added a brand
new video of our own and home bred Selten
HW at Hilltop Farms to his page. He just turned 3 in May 2007, so
you’ll see him just as a “baby under saddle” with Michael Bragdell
on board, check his page for the clips and new pictures!!! He is out of
our imported, overall 9 SPS
High Princess. At the same time, his full brother Sagenhaft
HW (now just turned 4) is starting serious dressage work with Brooke
. These boys can move with lots of airtime and elasticity, they are
sweet, easy to handle and have super characters! So far we got 4 full
siblings, the third stallion (Skywalker
HW) was sold to Reid Sport horses in CA and will start his work soon
and we have a filly at home, can’t wait for Soraya
HW to be old enough to join the group. One very last foal by Sandro
sibling to these 4 is expected for spring 2008, stay tuned.
Irene: "D" (Dormello
HW) went to his first recognized show last weekend - Pine Meadow
Farm in Ballston Spa NY. I rode Training Level Test 4 every day to try
and qualify for the regional championships. Our first rides were quite
exciting and didn't score well but he placed in his classes with a 64%
and 62%. The second day of the show was much less exciting, he settled
down and went to work - just one ride but he won his class with a 67.5%.
Sunday was our best day, second place in the first class with a 68.4%
and he won his last class with a 72.6%. We were high score of the show
and won a great cooler with Training Level High Point 2007 on it. Next
show is scheduled for the end of July, I'll keep you informed. Kris
Hope all is well. I wanted to let you know that Finn (Fly
Away HW) was a true gentleman at his very first show. I had an
assistant trainer ride him his first time and he was in a class with a
very nice FEI 5 year old stallion who has been showing for one year. He
did so well, he got a 71% at Training - Test 2 and came in second to the
stallion who got 74%.
I am so proud of him and am waiting for some pictures which I will send
to you. He is getting better and better! Take care, Yvonne
HW’s half brother qualified for the
championships!!! He is by Sir
Donnerhall out of Hannahlea
HW’s dam by Rotspon
and he just won the foal show in Wittingen/Germany with a super score of
9,08! He got 2 x 10 for movement and a 9,5 out of 70 foals! He is now
qualified for the winner foal Championat. Huge congratulations to Torben!
Congratulations to Santina
HW’s full sister: She passed her mare performance test with a
total score of 8,13 with 9 for rideability! This result is another mile
stone in the strong foundation of our mares. Lanthana (Santina
HW’s dam and Donatella
HW’s granddam) has now produced 6 mare performance tested direct
daughters with super scores and four out of the six had 8,0 or better!
What a very strong dam line – wow!
Huge congratulations to Debbie
and her new partner Let’s
Dance HW. They were competing the very first time here in the States
and took the blue ribbon home in an instant last weekend, yes girl, way
to go! Debbie reports that the young guy is better behaved as her older
- much further trained competition horse and that she is having a blast
with her new super star.
Just a quick note to tell you how well Calito (now called
“Calito WF) is doing, and how happy we are with our purchase
through you! He has a great attitude, and everything just comes easily
to him. His trainer (
) adores him. He is everything you said, and more.
When we bought him in mid-January, you advertised him as a 2nd
/ 3rd level horse that had the ability to advance. He had a
single change in each direction, but he had never done a pirouette or a
tempi change. He showed a green PSG in mid-April, but still scored 63%
and placed 4th. Last weekend at t GMHA he did PSG and Intermediate- I
and got better each day. Although a new pair, Paige and Calito WF are
becoming a “team.” Paige now knows that Calito WF needs very little
warm up. He does best if you just take him out of the stall, do 10
minutes of warm-up and go!! The results of last weekend were as follows:
WF was FEI reserve champion of the show!!!! He has already qualified for
the Region 8 Championships at PSG. We expect him to qualify at
Intermediate-1 too since he needs only one more score at one more show.
Paige is also working on a freestyle. I will send pictures when I get
them. The nice thing is that Calito WF has learned everything without
pushing. He behaves the same way at the shows as he is as home…always
a perfect gentleman.
Irene: Sorry to take so long to get back to you. Dormellosohn
(we call him "D") is doing great, I'm getting his stall and
fencing ready to bring him home at the end of the month so every spare
minute is busy. I have taken him to 2 schooling dressage shows and
despite being a little silly (he's still a baby) he has won 2 classes
and placed second in 2 classes with a reserve high score of the show.
His scores have been from 61-69%. I've attached a photo from our last
show. I've just been showing training level to get him used to going
away from home but plan on getting him out first level soon and maybe
the FEI 5 year old test if his canter gets a little stronger. Kris
I have been thinking of you and wanted to tell you what a wonderful
horse Donicello is. We have started to show him in two shows now, and he
has won 6 out of 8 tests (6 blue ribbons/1st place, 1 red/2nd place and
1 gold/3rd place) with scores in the high 60s. My trainer is showing him
1st level only so far, but we are very happy with him. I showed him at
training level and we also won 1st and 2nd place! My first show in 35
years! (See photos of his 1st show attached.) He was surrounded by
admirers at my show, with
everyone coddling him and he loved it. He felt like he had just been in
Olympics I think!
My trainer researched his pedigree and I guess Cello's grandfather was
in the Olympics in eventing and won some 250,000 DM in his career. So
she is VERY in love with him and wants to share ownership of him with me
so she can take him all the way up, as I learn. I want him to reach his
Please let me know if I can help introduce you out where I live. Suzan
Dressage Association) Newsletter: The Center Line
2007 - THE AMERICAN HANOVERIAN Magazine of the American Hanoverian
HW is now Elite Mare as she fulfilled the requirement to give birth
to a foal within 2 years of her Elite mare candidate status,
congratulations to the birth of Sundance
thank you so much for
importing my Ramina,
such a lovely mare! She
did SO well at the Hanoverian inspections.
There were 4 mares in the performance test.
During the under saddle test, I kept looking around and
wondering if everyone else saw what I did: Ramina
COMPLETELY outclassed the other 3 mares.
At the end, she was indeed the champion, and outscored the
others by a huge margin. This
is the second year in a row that one of your horses was the Florida
AHS champion, so HUGE congratulations to you too.
Her performance test score
was 7.4, with two 6.5s on her jumping (the judges commented she was
very game, and clearly tried her heart out in anything she was asked
to do. Not too bad for a
mare with impeccable dressage bloodlines!).
Her ridability score was 8.5! Actually, Maya said the judges
were a lot pickier than last year, but I totally can't complain
about her wonderful scores.
So now she is home, and her
main job is to cope with ME. I'm
having a super, super time with her. And speaking of HUGE
CONGRATULATIONS, well, the same to you on your stallion at
. WOW-EEE -- an 85.6% in
the 2 year old class, AND Colt Champion AND 2nd in the Grand
you think he and Ramina would
make nice babies??? What
are your plans him? Irene, thank you again for bringing me such a
lovely horse. And DO let
me know your plans for Selten