HW and our amazingly talented trainer and rider Donna
Gatchell received in the mail today these US Dressage Federation
Year End Awards for High Score I-1 MFS, score of 69.250% and I-1 Open
(67.868%) from the American Rhineland Studbook . I am so grateful for
yet another spectacular year for Festival
HW and Donna. These Year End scores are just incredible for this FEI
Level. Thank you so much Donna!!!
Another stellar result, in addition to being the 5 year old Young
Horse Champion of 2018 already.
Congratulations to this amazing team, we couldn’t be more happy or
proud to see this and Carol
keeps repeating how happy she is with not only SenSation
HW, but also with her other 3 HW horses. What a win/win for all.
United States Dressage Federation wrote the following article,
picture by Susan Stickle.
October 25th, 2018:
is now an international quality young Grand Prix horse!
Purchased sight unseen as a 3 year old and still owned by his
original buyer, Dr.
Cynthia McKing, with Nadine
Schwartsman in the saddle. He has been developed carefully and
methodically up the levels. After competing successfully at the Small
Tour Level (PSG scores to 73.824 and I1 Freestyle scores to 73.963) he
moved up to the I2 and Developing Grand Prix Level, winning Regionals at
I2 and competing in the US National Championships in the Developing
Grand Prix Division in Chicago.
Champion in Horse of the Year standings at First Level with a 76.122%
as his median score, Reserve Championship for the FEI Five-Year Olds
with an 8.23 and ranked 1st for Westfalens at both First Level and FEI
This last weekend was Quincy
HW’s first regional championship and the last show of the season.
Words cannot describe how proud I am of him and Emily!! He walked right
into that big Rolex stadium like a pro and they won their huge training
level class of 43 people with a 79%! That score ended up being high
point of the open division and the show! Despite having an absolutely
identical and incredible ride in the championship class, they ended up
just outside of the ribbons. Finally Emily expertly piloted him through
his very first, first level test, and with a few green mistakes he won
that big class also with a 72% on a 30 degree morning in a ring he had
never seen! I’m so thankful for Emily and all of team Miramonte Equine
for the hard work they have put into developing Quincy
HW! I cannot wait for next year as it sure looks as though it’ll
October 14th, 2018:
Yeah, congratulations - SenSation
HW is USDF Region 1 champion!
USDF Region 1 Championships, Scott
HW continues his amazing season and winning streak, under Michael
Bragdell, with victory in his warmup with a 75% and then taking the
First Level Championship title with a 76%.
Ready for Day 4 at the Region 6 Championships! Yesterday was a dream
come true with FiveStar
HW winning the Intermediate 2 Championships after warming up in a
crazy storm. He was so trusting while I could barely see his ears in
front of me and then gave me 110% in our test. Very proud of our big
boy! Winnie conquered her scary ring to win the Second Level Freestyle.
Solaire was the First Level Freestyle Champion which makes it her third
Championship title this weekend! Pony Power!!!! Soli and Santina did an
amazing job in their VERY competitive and huge Third Level Open
Championship class placing third and fifth even with some bobbles . I
will post more detailed results when we get home to Boise!
Finally doing a recap of our show at Raleigh last weekend , Labor of
love !! It was really hot and humid and we had wicked storms Saturday
afternoon where the lightening was so bad it hit the coliseum and blew
out a couple of the speakers. Anyway everyone did amazing Festival
HW won his PSG challenge and also his I-1 MFS.He was 2nd in his 1-1
challenge with some silly mistakes in his tempis, but was super relaxed
and really tried for me My AA team of Liberty , Carol , Kathy and Susan
won the team competition , and I won the open horse team division with
Don Tiago , Festival
HW and Reflection.
Fantastic results at the 2018 Markel/USEF FEI, National
Championships/Festival of Champions, congratulations to all 3 HW horses
and their teams, who participated, SenSation
HW and Francis
HW, here is his update:
Williams Dressage posted: 2018 Markel/USEF FEI 6 Year old National
Championships/Festival of Champions 6th place overall in a field of
fantastic horses! So darn proud of this young man! Thank you Lisa and
Ken Norling for your support and allowing me to develop this very
special boy! Thank you Christophe Theallet for all of your support and
help getting us where we are with him! Thank you to Region 6 for the
awesome support and your cheers from home and to my amazing groom
Rebecca Jean Gottstein who absolutely killed it this weekend. I am so
blessed to have such a committed and supportive team and I am so
grateful for you all. So proud of our region and all who came and
participated! Can’t wait for next year!
August 25th, 2018:
2018 Markel/USEF FEI 5 Year old National Championships/Festival of
HW - national Young Horse Champion 5 year olds, judges comments
included, high quality horse, everything we are looking for, cadence,
elasticity, groundcover, collectability, engagement, 10 for trot
(again). Overall 8.7! Huge congratulations to rider Michael
Bragdell and owners Carol
McPhee and team
WEG is the LARGEST sporting event in the U.S. this year, and the
fourth largest in the world behind the Winter Olympics, FIFA world Cup
and Tour de France!!!
It is amazing being part of something this big! I can’t wait to get
over there. Selten
HW is ready.
August 23rd, 2018:
This is in the brochure at at #FestivalofChampions
featuring the Markel
Horse/USEF Young and Devloping Horses, and the Children, Pony, and
Junior Riders at Lamplight
Equestrian Center ....and....Selten
HW is still going strong, after lots of international success,
including the Olympics, he qualified for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian
Games in Tryon and will be back in the US soon, with Anders
Dahl in the saddle.
August 21st, 2018:
2018 Markel/USEF FEI, National Championships/Festival of
Schwartsman posted: So proud of FiveStar
HW who competed in his first National Championship yesterday.
Unfortunately the long week had taken a toll on him and he was quite
tired but he still tried his very best and gave me many highlights
especially in the one and two tempis. Thank you Cynthia
McKim for trusting me with your big boy for the past six years. He
is truly a joy every day.
August 21st, 2018:
What wonderful news, Emily
Barber wrote the following, an amazing team, Pitu
HW keeps collecting the victories, champion ribbons and making his
Pitu HW was
great this weekend showing fourth level. He earned a 72.8 today and won
high point champion of show.
A little less than two weeks from now we board the horses, Millione
and Francis HW
via Fed Ex, The
Dutta Corporation and head to Chicago for the Festival of
Champions!!!?? So honored to have the opportunity to qualify and take
these two special horses! Francis HW owned by Lisa Norling is ranked 2nd
nationally for the FEI 6 yr old division and Millione is ranked 8th for
the Grand Prix and is owned by a special group of people, Millione
Partners, LLC I have so much gratitude for the village we have
A huge heartfelt thank you to all of those guiding us, pushing us,
and supporting us both financially, emotionally and mentally!!??????????
We couldn’t do it without you!"
Francis HW 8.4 in Calgary FEI 6 yr old finale
August 3rd, 2018:
How wonderful, congratulations - this girl is loved and as successful
as expected, her owner/rider posted the following:
Magic HW on her way to a 78.8 in the material with a highlight score
of 8.1 for the walk … I wondered if I was asking too much with the
weather but she proved her confidence and boldness once again ... I’m
a lucky girl
July 23rd, 2018:
Super Selten HW
Dahl qualified in Achen, Germany, for the FEI World Equestrian Games
in Tyron 2018. It will be amazing to see him back in the USA, even if
only to compete, congratulations to this fantastic team, so very
thankful as a breeder, to see an American bred (by Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold) and born horse to have such a successful and
July 19th, 2018:
Aachen, Germany Results: CDIO5* Nations Cup Team Day 1 Standings
Summer show season is flying by! We're just now posting results from
last weekend and Michael's
about to load up and head to another show! Dressage at Lexington is
always a great show that has a huge, dedicated volunteer group that
makes it feel special. Carol
McPhee's Franziskus HW (aka Fashion
HW) gained some valuable show miles this weekend. In Saturday's
First Level Test 3 he earned a 64.853 and on Sunday produced a
confident, well-settled test that earned a 70.44% and 2nd place.
Sternlicht captured a win in the Intermediate I on Saturday with a 69%
and placed 3rd in the FEI Freestyle on Sunday with a 68.75%.
Magic HW in her horse show debut in the Material with a 7.37...Brave
and confident, I adore her. Thanks to everyone that has helped us begin
our journey together. Did I mention, she is my dreamhorse.
July 18th, 2018:
Ranking 1st place in the current USDF Year End Standings, feeling
very thankful, well done Michael
Bragdell with SenSation
HW - owned by Scott
& Carol McPhee, is truly sensational. Carol fell in love some
years ago, with the very first picture we took of this black beauty,
good taste lady, good taste! Congratulations to this successful team,
what a pleasure to see them grow and compete.
Dressage posted: Fendi
HW does it again in second level, winning the class and breaking
70%! Thank you to Carol
McPhee for letting me show your beautiful, talented boy.
Thank you to everyone at Thunderhead for running such a smooth show,
and for even providing flowers.
July 11th, 2018:
McPhee (riding herself) posted this cute info, congratulations to
the ongoing successes: May not be a Blue Ribbon but better scores each
show is a win for us. Tiffany
Bragdell without you, we wouldn’t be improving. (Feeling
HW) Placing 3rd with a 68.67.
on his way to winning both his I-1 classes this Weekend and his I-1 MFS
!!! And high score FEI for the show !! Huge thanks to Potomac Valley
Dressage Association - PVDA for putting on this great show !! Many
thanks to Kevin Kohmann who helped me with figuring out to ride this
horse better and I am incredibly grateful for your help and expertise.
Thank you as always to Karen
and Fred who support this wonderful journey I am n with this horse
...... Always grateful !!! Debbie
Marriott. For your great MFS. You are amazing
June 18th, 2018:
2018 USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships Six-Year-Old
Division. Super thankful to see this info/post by Jennifer
Williams Dressage, overall score (out of 3 fantastic shows), 8.310
right now, ranking 2nd in the national standings - well done, huge
So happy and thankful to see Francis
HW with Jennifer
Williams Dressage in the top 4 of the 2018 USEF Young Horse Dressage
National Championships Six-Year-Old Division, well done, so many
victories, high points and more, Jennifer,
you just keep them coming with all of the HW kids as well as with
others, great work!
June 3rd, 2018:
Wow, check this out: High Point and super score of 8.42 in the 6 yo
FEI Young Horse, huge congratulations to his owner Lisa and rider
Jennifer, amazing team and result.
Great ending to the show. Francis
HW ends the FEI 6 yr old final with an 8.42 and the FEI Young Horse
High Point for the show! Super boy and so happy his owner Lisa could be
here to watch and cheer him on. We are locked and loaded and starting
our journey home!
The weather was a bit challenging to say the least (horribly hot
& humid on Saturday and a monsoon like rain on Sunday), but Team
Hilltop made the most of the ESDCTA Memorial Day Shows this weekend.
With Sternlicht Michael
won both the Prix St. Georges and the Developing Prix St. Georges
classes with scoresover 71%. Carol
HW won Saturday's 1st Level Test 3 with a 71% and in his first FEI
Five-Year old test earned another 1st with a score of 7.78. Finally it
was a big weekend move up for William Mitchelson's Faberge Blue. Faberge
was 2nd in his Inter II test with a 65.8% and won the Developing Grand
Prix with a 64.5%. This 8-year old just wows us with his enthusiasm for
all the work and his rapid progression up the levels. Jess Fay showed
Quinzy HTF to a 3rd place in Third Level Test 3 and 2nd place in the FEI
Six-Year Old test. Tiffany Bragdell won both her Fourth Level Tests with
her own Bellatae. Congratulations to everyone and thank you to all the
volunteers who made this show run!
Look at Carol
McPhee showing off one of her 4 HW horses herself, love these
results, congratulations Carol,
well done, so many victories, high points and ribbons, sweet. Feeling
HW - 1st schooling show of 2018 Thunderhead Farm - PA. 1st Time in
First Level -
High Score for 1st Level and Up
- ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Show 1 - 1st Recognized Show of 2018 T3 and
qualifying score for Regionals
Debuted 4th level with my awesome pony Pitu
HW this weekend and it was a terrifying and awesome challenge! Much
room to improve but got scores towards the silver medal and had best
Laughed so much, omg so fun!
May 28th, 2018:
Schwartsman posted: FiveStar
HW is officially a Grand Prix horse now!!! This boy brightens my day
and continues to make me a better rider. Thank you, Cynthia
McKim, for believing in the 4 year-old and me 6 years ago.
65.688% in the Developing Grand Prix which should put us currently in
11th place on the National Ranking list but we will need at least one
Meredith posted the following: My baby horse is now officially a show
pony! He took everything in stride and tried his heart out finishing
with scores ranging from 77-81 percent and getting high point of the
show! I can’t thank Emily Olive Brollier Curtisenough for giving my
boy such a positive experience for his first show and doing such a great
job! So proud of my boy, Quincy
HW! Still completely on cloud 9!!!
HW had a fantastic start to the session in Hagen, Germany. GP 72.3%
and 7th place, GPS 71.787% and 9th place in a very strong class. I was
very happy with him and can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring."
April 22nd, 2018:
got his qualifying scores for the Young Horse Championships,
congratulations to his owner Elizabeth Norling and his rider Jennifer
Williams Dressage, how wonderful. The boy was so happy to be back
from California - had to take a good roll, well deserved.
April 15th, 2018:
3 blue ribbons for Forbes
HW and Michelle,
huge congratulations, she posted the following, so sweet:
It was a great weekend at Fox Lea! Udi was his usual workmanlike self
with 2 very steady Grand Prix tests that brought home a 2nd and 3rd
placing. The more I learn, the better he gets! It was Forbes HW that
really stole the show for me. He won all 3 of his First level classes
with nice scores and a happy, willing mindset. I’d like to thank
everyone who made this weekend possible for me. Kathy
Connelly, trainer extraordinaire. Lauren Merchant, Forbes’ biggest
McClain, and Randy Gerlach for holding down the fort at home as well
as show help/photos/etc. at Fox Lea Amanda Whitney for an extra special
Udi shower. Liz Doherty for jacket transport and a lovely dinner treat!
Kathryn Tout and Holly Chernoff (who is now halfway to her Gold Medal!)
for genuine support of myself and each other. Ashley Miller and Beth
Gornik for full on show partners...morning walks, drink cooler,
braiding, etc. etc. etc. Melissa Jackson for emergency stall mats.
And...Irene Wiederhold for my special, young boy. Michelle
April 8th, 2018:
1st level High Point Champion open, overall High Point Champion, vada/nova
High Point Champion (purple), huge congratulations to an amazing team, Michael
McPhee & family/friends.
Farm, Inc. posted: Super weekend in Leesburg for Michael
Bragdell with Carol
McPhee's lovely 5-year olds. For Franziskus
aka Fashion HW) this was his first show and he gained confidence
throughout the weekend. He placed 2nd in all 3 of his First Level tests
with scores of 64.6-69.8%. SenSation
by contrast is already a show veteran from last season and started this
year off in a winning way. He won all 4 of his First Level tests with
scores of 73.6-78.9%!
Congratulations to Forbes
HW and his mommy Michelle
Rozzano Gerlach, she posted the following: So pleased with my
wonderful boy today. He really gave his heart to me, and I’m loving
the way our relationship is growing stronger with each ride. Thank you
to my pillars of strength. Katie
McClain, Lauren Merchant and Tori
Polonitza. (Alphabetically, to be pc) Thank you Kathy
Connelly for your o-so-on-point instruction and the bonus support of
your exquisite friendship.
Thank you also to so many that keep believing in us. Catherine
A. Farnham Darcey Jean, Vicki Dapper Rogers, and Brenda Svihra
Another shout out to Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold for keeping me on target in learning who he
Not only did they both start at Third Level for the first time, they
both clocked the flying changes as desired and won their classes. Next
day, even higher score and Emily earned all six scores for the USDF
bronze in six rides, all on a pony.
Well, a Super Pony!!!
Huge congratulations, so happy and thankful, all around!??
Absolutely fantastic, they keep bringing home the blue and champion
ribbons like clock work! Festival
HW and Donna
Gatchell are Prix St. George champions and 3rd place MFS. Huge
congratulations to Donna and Festival HW’s owner Karen
Kerchner Baillie, what an amazing team.
February 11th, 2018:
Dior HW and Kassidy
Peacock, victory with a 72% and now qualified for the regionals!
Congratulations to this super team, well done. Kassidy says: Today Dior
HW left me speechless. He went in and tried his heart out earning us a
72% and a blue ribbon! The love this little horse has brought into my
life is beyond words. I can’t thank everyone who has helped us enough
including Sallie Spenard for coaching us at the shows! Onward and upward
February 9th, 2018:
Congratulations to Dior
HW and Kassidy
Peacock, first Global outing and it was a success, first qualifying
score for the regionals! She says he tried to hard, she is super happy
He is long sold - these pictures and the update just made my day, so
VERY thankful for all the training and time put into it. Jennifer
Williams and Elizabeth Norling's boy Francis
HW brought home 4 blue ribbons. Amazing, congratulations, well done
and looking so GOOD doing it!
Had such a great time at the Vada/Nova year end banquet last night ! So
proud of all my students who helped me win " trainer of the year
" !! Also so proud all all their accomplishments this year, and
dedication to the training of their horses and themselves which showed in
their super year end results and awards.
A huge thank you to my owners of the horses I competed this year
who all won their respective levels ... I am so blessed to get to ride and
train your horses. Tokio; Training level champion; Gentle: First level
champion; Don Tiago: 2nd level champion: Festival
HW: PSG champion
Also a clean sweep of the MFS division with Gentle winning , Don Tiago
2nd, Festival HW 3rd, and Fabulous 4th. Many thanks to Debbie
Martiott my amazing MFS designer who does such awesome work for me and my
students. It was truly a great banquet, many thanks to all the people at
Vada/nova for putting it on.
He looked absolutely amazing, great job Jeanne
VanNuys and Silke
Rembacz! Part of Franklin HW's victory ride with Jeanne
VanNuys, can be found on our Facebook site and Instagram, it was their
first AA 4-1 (and they placed 2nd overall). Huge congratulations, what a
true pleasure to see this great partnership and to see the boy again.
Frankie grew up at our barn in Germany and came to the US in 2013. Well
loved and going strong. Thank you Jeanne
VanNuys for meeting us!
January 10th, 2018:
SO excited to learn that Emily
and Quincy HW
had 2 super rides with Jessica
Jo Tate this weekend! I so wish I could have been there to watch in
person, but I’m thrilled and so proud nonetheless! Thank you so much
for such an awesome weekend for my big baby horse!
I bought Quincy
HW through Irene
in January 2017. The process was beyond easy. Irene
shared absolutely everything I needed to know about the horse and even
scheduled him to fly out in record time! I only waited 1 week to see my
dream horse and he was everything and MORE than I had expected! I’m so
thankful to Irene
for bringing this horse into my life and for the continued friendship,
guidance, and support she has given us! Quincy
HW is a dream come true and I cannot wait to see what he
accomplishes in his lifetime! My next horse will be, without a doubt,
another HW Farm
Congratulations to Diana
Mukpo at Windhorse
Dressage, she posted this wonderful news: Another great show for FirstClass
HW today, winning his Third Level Test 1 today at the Wellington
Season Kickoff with a 67.6%. He continues to develop and has come such a
long way this past year.