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May 15th, 2020

New article from PSdressage, SenSation HW as well as Fizau (Fitz HW) were purchased right here, at HWfarm and both were raised and started under saddle by us as well.

Amazing people came into their life and it’s a team effort, thankful for each and every one

 Good luck to all, as always.

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May 13th, 2020: 

The German St.GEORG publishes the German article about SenSation HW and Laura Graves:

US-Jungpferdechampion für Laura Graves

Aktuell hat die US-Dressurreiterin Laura Graves noch kein Grand Prix-Pferd, das sportlich den Platz ihres Verdades einnehmen könnte. Aber nun vielleicht eines für die Zukunft.

Laura Graves hat nun den siebenjährigen Westfalen-Wallach SenSation HW v. Sunday - Dancier unter dem Sattel. Sie reitet den Rappen für seine Besitzer, Scott und Carol McPhee.

SenSation HW kam in Deutschland zur Welt, bei Alfons und Simone Bergjohann, wurde aber früh in die USA verkauft. Fünf- und sechsjährig war SenSation HW Jungpferdechampion der Vereinigten Staaten, damals noch unter Michael Bragdell. 2018 kam er auf 87,20 Prozent, 2019 auf 87,80 Prozent.

Laura Graves: „Ich freue mich so, das neueste Stallmitglied vorzustellen, den einzigartigen SenSation HW!“ Er sei freundlich und talentiert und sie freue sich auf die Zukunft mit ihm.

EIN NEUER VERDADES?

Seit ihrem Championatsdebüt bei den Weltreiterspielen 2014 waren Laura Graves und ihr 18-jähriger KWPN-Wallach Verdades nicht nur das erfolgreichste Dressurpaar der USA, sondern eines der besten Paare der Welt.

Das stellten sie zuletzt bei den Weltreiterspielen 2018 in Tryon unter Beweis, wo sie Silber mit dem Team und in der Einzelwertung gewannen. Darüber hinaus waren sie dreimal hintereinander Zweite beim Weltcup-Finale und holten Team-Bronze bei den Olympischen Spielen 2016 in Rio.

 Eigentlich hätte Verdades beim diesjährigen Weltcup-Finale in Las Vegas feierlich vor Publikum aus dem Sport verabschiedet werden sollen. Doch das fiel bekanntlich aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie aus.

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May 13th, 2020

Raised/trained by HWfarm and sold sight unseen at the age of 3 to Carol McPhee & Scott McPhee - look at his amazing, successful journey already, very thankful for all whom made it possible. Now super excited for his future with Laura Graves, I'm sure we will all be pleased. Go Laura, best of luck.

Dressage-News publishes the following article: 

Laura Graves Gets New Ride on SenSation HW, USA Champion at 5 & 6 Years

Laura Graves has been given the ride on SenSation HW, the seven-year-old black gelding that was the United States champion at the ages of five and six, the rider reported Tuesday. “So excited to introduce the newest member of our stable, the one and only SenSation-HW,” said Laura, 32, of the Orlando, Florida community of Geneva.

SenSation HW, owned by Scott and Carol McPhee, “is kind and talented and I am so looking forward to the future with him.” The Westfalen gelding (Sunday x Dancier) was born in Germany in 2013. Michael Bragdell, who rides for Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, competed SenSation HW, as a four, five and six-year-old in young horse classes. The pair won the American five-year-old title in 2018 with a score of 87.200% and the six-year-old championship a year later on 87.800%.

Michael and SenSation HW won the US Dressage Final Third Level Championship last November.

Laura was world No. 1 with Verdades, the KWPN gelding owned by her and Curt Maes, that is now 18 years old. The combination captured Olympic team bronze in 2016, team and individual silver at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, and was World Cup reserve champion three times.

Laura was U.S. Equestrian of the Year and Verdades Horse of the Year in 2018. The last competition for the duo was the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in April 2019. Laura then gave Verdades a break until early this year when she announced that the horse that had been her partner since bought as a foal from a video would be retired. She showed two different horses at national levels in this year’s Global Dressage Festival at Wellington, Florida.

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May 8th, 2020:

Carol McPhee can be super proud with her boy, congratulations - well done, she posted the following: Our black pearl “SenSation HW” - 2019 USDF All Breeds Champion (Westfalen NA) - FEI 6yo 8.38%. Thank you Michael Bragdell for an amazing Young-Horse start for this special one. Love what the future holds for this boy .... stay tuned.

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April 8th, 2020:

HorsesDaily publishes the following article, wonderful news about Janine Little, Finley (aka FiftyShades HW, owned by Shawneen Jacobs):

Janine Little and Little Dressage Celebrate Consistent Record of Championships at White Fences

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Canadian FEI rider, trainer, and coach Janine Little enjoyed tremendous success throughout the 2020 White Fences series, capturing multiple championships, including the Prix St. Georges level with Billionaire, the Grand Prix Freestyle with Ebony, and the reserve championship in the Grand Prix with Finley. All three horses are owned by Shawneen Jacobs, and were purchased as youngsters and brought up the levels from Training level onwards by Janine Little.

Photo - Janine Little aboard Finley, owned by Shawneen Jacobs, celebrating a successful Grand Prix season. The pair have been named to the 2020 Dressage Canada Development Squad.

 Millionaire’s 2020 White Fences Series Championship is the third consecutive Prix St. Georges Championship won by Little, with Finley capturing the title in 2019, and Ebony in 2018. Those two horses are now winning at Grand Prix, with Finley listed for the 2020 Dressage Canada Development Squad. Little is eager to have Billionaire follow in these successful footsteps – which, with scores to 76.9% in the Prix. St. Georges this season, he is poised to do.

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Janine Little with the horses with whom she earned series championships this Florida season: Billionaire (left), Finley, and Ebony, all owned by Shawneen Jacobs

“I’m deeply appreciative of Shawneen’s ownership and the freedom and trust she gives me to take the time to develop the horses up the levels and make decisions to maximize their success,” Little explains, noting that the White Fences series is ideal for bringing horses along. “It’s so exciting to see the horses progress up the levels,” Jacobs agrees. Her three horses who earned the honours are all very different types and temperaments, with Billionaire by Belissimo M, Finley (formerly HW Fifty Shades) by Fidertanz, and the “dancing Friesian” mare Ebony by Beart 411. From picking out the horses together, to seeing them rise from the very basics, to winning at the FEI level, it’s been an exciting journey for both Little and Jacobs.

“Having such a long-term partnership and shared vision is paramount for achieving our goals,” Little acknowledges. “Its been a great Florida season, and we’re excited to see where the future takes us.”

 

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April 5th, 2020:

Great news: BonFire HW  has already some mares in foal and top semen. Here are pictures of him training with Steffi Ahlert. Enjoy, can’t wait to see the babies.

Steffi posted: Danke. Er bereitet jeden Tag Freude und ist dazu mit super Rittigkeit und einem top Charakter ausgestattet. Translation: Thanks, he is a pleasure every day, super rideable, plus he has a top character!

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Top quality, hand selected horses, all information can be found at www.HWfarm.com - We love what we do

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March 19th, 2020:

Nancy Smith posted: Damon’s Design HW has qualified for the Lovsta Suteri Future Challenge for young Grand Prix horses which will now take place in Week One of the 2021 Adequan Global Dressage Festival due to the Coronavirus!

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March 18th, 2020:

White Fences Championship Series - CHAMPIONS AND RESERVE CHAMPIONS SEASON 2019 - 2020

 Check out Michelle Gerlach and Forbes HW, what an awesome team, congratulations over and over, so happy to watch their journey.

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March 18th, 2020:

Pitu HW - more wonderful news. He has been on loan at Lendon Gray's youth rider WIT program in Wellington for the past two months. His rider Mimi Hoffman did a great job of working hard and having fun. Win/win. His mommy Emily Rodger Barber is excited to have him back home soon, she said: Best pony ever

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March 17th, 2020:

How fantastic, congratulations.

So happy for Nancy Smith, Sarah Bushong, Damon’s Design HW and team.

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March 16th, 2020:

 Congratulations to this team!!!

Quote: Janine Little, Finley (aka FiftyShades HW) finishes up in Reserve his first season at Grand Prix so proud of him!

Wow what can I say today closes out our last winter show for 2020 and what a fantastic winter season it has been! > > Finley (aka FiftyShades HW, owned by Shawneen Jacobs) in his very first season at Grand Prix was Reserve Champion having only done a handful of tests at the level.

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March 1st, 2020:

Selten HW, bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold and born in the USA, THREE times Young Horse Champion (2008, 2009 and 2010!), Horse Of The Year, Olympics in Rio and many more titles, so thankful to watch his journey and to every single person who made it possible.

Huge congratulations to family Dahl & team!

Mette Dahl Takes over Dad Anders' Danish Team Horse Selten HW for Children Competition

2020 CDI Le Mans

Mette Dahl and Selten HW make an impressive CDI Debut in the children's division at the 2020 CDI Le Mans :: Photo © Les Garennes Mette Dahl and Selten HW make an impressive CDI Debut in the children's division at the 2020 CDI Le Mans Photo © Les Garennes British Mette Dahl has successfully taken over the ride on her father Anders Dahl's Danish WEG team horse Selten HW and raised the flag for Great Britain on her international show debut at Children's level at the 2020 CDI Le Mans in France.

Dahl and Selten HW on Winning Form West Sussex-based Mette Dahl (13) dominated the Children on Horses classes with a double victory in both the Team and Individual Test. Her winning partner is none other than Selten HW (by Sandro Hit), her father Anders’ former top ride with whom he represented Denmark twice at an intercontinental championship.

Now retired from Grand Prix level competition, the 16-year old has struck up a great bond with his young rider and clearly still loves to compete.

"I have ridden Selten HW since the beginning of November and in this short period of time we have had lots of fun together and I have learnt an awful lot from him," Mette told Eurodressage. "As he is now not competing at Grand Prix level it is nice for him to have a job to do which he is enjoying as he is still so fit and well. He does make me work hard though. He is very big moving and I have had to work on strengthening my core to be able to sit his very bouncy trot!

" Mette gave the 17hh gelding, who is owned by her mum, British Olympian Fiona Bigwood, a super ride and posted scores of 72.20% and 72.94% respectively.

 

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"I was very pleased with Selten HW in Le Mans as it was only our second show together. It was nice to feel him being so fresh and happy after having a little break from competing," said Mette. "It was also reassuring to have my dad train me as he knows him so well and understands his personality. I was nervous doing our first international together but at the same time I was feeling excited and honoured to ride him because of what he has achieved with my dad.

" Selten HW is an American bred Hanoverian by Sandro Hit x Hohenstein. After winning the 2008 and 2009 U.S. young horse championships with Michael Bragdell, the black was shipped by his owner Elizabeth Ball to Europe to be sold. Bigwood purchased the horse as an 8-year old at the 2012 Equine Elite Auction for 500,000 euro. Under Fiona's husband Anders Dahl, the horse made its international debut at small tour level in 2014 and at Grand Prix level in 2016. They represented Denmark at the Rio Olympics and World Equestrian Games in Tryon. The pair's last CDI was the 2019 CDI Hagen last April.

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"I am hoping to be able to ride juniors on him next year as long," Mette added.

Double Debut, Pony Level with George Clooney

Mette has made a double debut in Le Mans as she also premiered George Clooney BS in the FEI Pony division.

Dahl  took over the rode on the now 9-year old British bred KWPN registered pony (by Caesar 171 x Santano) in September 2018. The pony is bred in the U.K. by Julie Lockey.

He was previously shown by Sophie Taylor, who represented Team GB at the 2018 European Pony Championships in Bishop Burton and finished 14th in the freestyle final.

Mette and George Clooney BS At Mette's pony debut in Le Mans she scored three consistent rounds of 66-67%.

"I had a super feeling with George, and he was great fun to ride," said Mette. "As always George was extremely enthusiastic in the ring which gives me a lovely feeling. George is a very talented pony, but we lost some points due to some of my inaccuracies but hopefully that will improve with more shows. I felt like Le mans was a massive learning curve for me as I haven’t ridden many shows with George either. This is the first year that I am doing any serious dressage competitions. Up until now I have been training at home with the odd show but I have mainly been doing fun jumping competitions with my jumping pony. My parents think it is important that I ride both disciplines at the moment.

" Mette would like to represent Great Britain at the European Championships, whether it is ponies or children, but for her the most important aspect right now is to learn and have fun.

"I am aiming to do some more internationals and I would love to get to the European Championships, whether it is on Pony’s or Children on Horses but there are a lot of good riders for Great Britain at the moment, so we are quite relaxed about it all," she explained. "We will have to see how the season goes but as it is only my first season we are very realistic about it all. My parents just want me to have fun and to enjoy competing."

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February 24th, 2020:

Kassidy Peacock posted:

Today a big milestone in my dressage career happened. Dior HW and I did our FEI debut! We rode our first PSG at Global to a 66.6% some bobbles and lots of things learned to tweak for the next time. Growing up everyone said you aren’t a “trainer” until you’ve made your own horse and today I can say that I’ve made my first FEI horse from start to finish. Dior HW has taught me so much and it’s only the tip of the iceberg for us. Onwards and upwards from because we’ve only just begun!

Thank you to our amazing cheering section/family and Sallie Spenard and Rebecca Waite for helping us get to this point!

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February 18th, 2020:

Check out Nancy Smith’s new website, love Damon's Design HW pictures and all the info: www.equisentialinc.com  Nancy has a classical background in Dressage and has been very successful training multiple horses to the Grand Prix Level. She has been a member of the United States Dressage Bronze Medal Team at the North American Championships as well as the Alternate for the Pan American Games. Several horses ridden and trained by Nancy have been long listed for the Olympics and World championships with Nancy in the irons. Her success over the last two decades on multiple horses reflects her talent for riding a wide variety of horses at the Grand Prix Level…...

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February 17th, 2020:

This makes me/us so happy and proud, huge congratulations to family Dahl, Anders Dahl, Fiona Bigwood and Mette with Selten HW, how wonderful to see this US bred Olympic horse (many more titles to name) to be internationally successful with the next generation in the family as well. Thank you to the whole team!

BD Youth posted:

Another fantastic win for Mette Dahl and Selten HW at Le Mans CDI in France! They've taken the Children in Horses Individual with 72.90%

Heidi Troniseck posted:

Super proud to have been part of Mette Dahl’s debut international competition in Le Mans last week.... she coped brilliantly with the pressure winning two of her classes on Selten HW.

I’m absolutely amazed with this horse... he has proven himself at every senior competition possible and now he teaches a young girl. He’s so very happy in this new role- I honestly don’t know of a kinder, sweeter horse that would do such a job. It’s incredible. He’s one in a million... 

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February 16th, 2020:

Heather Calder Marchman posted:

Once again, Duke HW finishes on his dressage score to win his division for his lovely new owner/rider Nellie Martin-Giles. The village is very happy! At Fresno County Horse Park, Fresno, CA ·

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February 9th, 2010:

Huge congratulations to Festival HW’s owner Karen Kerchner Bailie and his rider Donna Gatchel, she posted:

Huge congrats to my students and owners and of course the wonderful horses for doing so well at the YEAR END AWARDS for Virginia Dressage Association, Inc ( VADA 2019). Thank you VADA for the wonderful awards. We all appreciate them so very much!!

Here are Festival HW’s results, how amazing:

Donna and Festival HW

Champion -Inter-B 

Reserve champion - FEI MFS

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December 7th, 2019:

Selten HW, how fantastic, congratulations to Mette’s Dahl's victory and the whole team! Go Selten HW, Olympic competitor and babysitter.

Liz Geldard Walsh posted: If someone would have said to me when I collected Selten HW that I would be walking him in the wind by moonlight I would have laughed at them! But here I am doing just that and I haven't had to hang on! Such a superstar topped off by winning the children on horses class with the little girl I used to push in a pram around the stables! So very proud!

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December 2nd, 2019:

Very thankful for the excellent preparation of this stallion, resulting in him getting licensed, meet BonFire HW, by Bon Coeur - Fürst Nymphenburg. More info to follow, he will stand at Hengststation Annette Rüscher-Konermann in Germany. Thanks to the whole team and as well for the beautiful picture.

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December 2nd, 2019:

Congratulations to Lori Butt and her Now or Never HW, she had Cassandra Hummert ride in his first show and reports he was wonderful. Two blues for this team, well done!

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November 7th, 2019 - National Titles at 7th Annual US Dressage Finals

They just keep adding championship titles left and right! SenSation HW is now also 3rd Level Open Champion as well as Markel/USEF FEI 6yo Champion, plus, plus, plus.

This is one amazing team Michael Bragdell and SenSation HW - Congratulations to his owners, Carol and Scott McPhee and team.

PS Dressage publishes the following article:

Bragdell and SenSation HW (Sunday–Donata, Dancier), a 6-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Carol McPhee, are no strangers to the winner’s circle. SenSation HW has raked up multiple national titles in his young career including both Markel/USEF 5-Year-Old and the 6-Year-Old Dressage National Championships, as well as winning the US Dressage Finals First Level Open Championship in 2018. On Thursday, they added another tricolor to their resume by sweeping the Third Level Open Championship with a 73.083%. Earning the division’s reserve championship title with a 71.292% was Karen Lipp on Infinity, her 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

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October 30th, 2019:

Congratulations to Rachel Shelton and her horse BestMan HW!

She posted: BestMan HW at the Wellington Classic autumn challenge, scoring a 67% at his first ever test, I’m so proud of my boy.

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October 24th, 2019:

SenSation HW's site posted the following, huge congratulations to the team and owner Carol McPhee!

SenSation HW & Michael Bragdell are awarded the FEI 6yo - such an amazing pair and each year they grow more united.

So blessed for this opportunity to watch and follow and someday bring Sen back home after they have reached the stars.

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September 23rd, 2019:

OMG - I love it when Carol McPhee sends pictures like this one!

SenSation HW & Michael Bragdell are rocking it each year, over and over again. Congratulations all around.

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September 21st, 2019:

So sweet, Fendi HW (1 out of 5, Carol McPhee's HW horses) - Ally Fox posted the following, congratulations to this dream team:

Had such a fun weekend up here for the GAIG region 8 finals. We had some great tests but walking away with with more things to work on going into second level for next year. I want to thank my family for start for always supporting me in my decisions and choices and always encouraging me to keep working hard to improve. Thank you Cara for taking time out of your busy schedule to help us, and most importantly having the patience to teach me new things. And always reminding me to “have fun and breathe”. A HUGE thank you to Scott McPhee and Carol McPhee for also supporting me but also giving me such an amazing opportunity to ride Fendi HW. Thank you so much! Onto next year and some more training for the winter months ahead.

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September 22nd, 2019:

Yeah - congratulations to team SenSation HW!

Regionals and SenSation HW and Michael Bragdell just keep on winning, one victory after another. They make it looks so easy.

Congratulations to two sensational tests, 1st place with 71.125% at GAIG/USDF Third Level and off they go to Kentucky for the Nationals.

Carol McPhee says: "What a match made in heaven and so thankful."

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September 23rd, 2019:

Victory with 70.238% at the regionals, for Feeling HW with his mommy Carol in the saddle, congratulations!

Carol McPhee posted:

So proud of my Feeling HW aka Fitz. What a great birthday present from him and a great warmup class.

Thank you Cara Klothe for the long hours working hard with all of us at FOD. We do appreciate you.

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September 20th, 2019:

Congratulations, check this out! Region 6 Training Level Open Championship Reserve Champion - De Naldi HW

De Naldi HW (with Nadine Schwartsman in the saddle) is very proud that he got to pick up his ribbon and the ribbons for all his Training Level friends.

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September 8th, 2019:

Blue ribbon/victory, excellent scores, a super 4 year old new to the horse show world, everyone is thankful and happy. What a great season for FinestDream HW, owned by Carol McPhee and ridden here by Cara Klothe. Congratulations to this team!

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September 3rd, 2019:

Blue suits them well, Janine Little posted the following, congratulations to her and FiftyShades HW’s owner Shawneen Jacobs!

A few photos from the weekend at Bromont International, super pleased with both horses, truly a great end to their show season in Canada and now we get ready for the winter season ahead! Many many thanks to all of the organizers, volunteers, stewards, officials etc at these events who make it possible for us to participate and of course the biggest thank you to Ebony and Finley’s (aka FiftyShades HW) top owner Shawneen Jacobs for supporting us on these adventures!!

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August 25th, 2019:

SenSation HW, 5 Year Old Markel/USEF Young Horse Champion now also crowned the 6 Year Old Markel/USEF Young Horse National Champion!

They did it!

Huge congratulations to his owners Carol McPhee and Scott McPhee, his rider Michael Bragdell and the whole SenSation HW team. PS Dressage published the following article:

Sensational Performance By Michael Bragdell  Earns Him Back-to-Back Markel/USEF Young Horse National Championship Titles on SenSation HW

After receiving the highest score of the class, an 8.78, Michael Bragdell  of Colora, Maryland, and SenSation HW claimed the Markel/USEF 6-Year-Old Dressage National Championship title in the very competitive division. Bragdell and SenSation HW, who were the 2018 Markel/USEF 5-Year-Old Dressage National Champions, continued their winning trend while Alice Tarjan and Candescent, last year's reserve champions in the same division, repeated their reserve placing.

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The US Equestrian reports:

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The Chronicle of the Horse reports: "Michael Bragdell isn’t one to get emotional after a win, but as he accepted hugs and congratulations from friends and supporters after claiming the 6-year-old championship aboard SenSation HW (Sunday—Donata, Dancier), he couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed."

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August 17th and 18th, 2018:

Such nice posts by Tara Stegen:

Scored another 70.972% in his first 1-3Q. Love my GATSBY HW - on August 17th 2019. and on August 18th, 2019, Tara posted: Very proud of my Gatsby HW. Another 70.29% at 1-3Q.

He is qualified for Regionals and has only shown 8 times, grown 2.5 inches since January and went up a shoe size to a European 4. All as a 5yr Westphalian baby. He has the best attitude and is super in the show ring. I cannot not speak enough of the ground work and beginning riding down by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold and her team at Horses Worldwide. And the best part is I still haven’t ask for all that he could give me.

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August 17th, 2019:

Congratulations to Carol McPhee, riding her very own Feeling HW, came in 2nd as AA and 6th overall in a class of 23 in 2-3 class and says she is so proud of him, as well as great teaching from Cara Klothe.

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August 7th, 2019:

What a wonderful post and success for Carol McPhee, congratulations to more blue ribbons and victories, for her riding her very own Feeling HW.

Carol McPhee: Feeling HW and I - Red Tail Farm NJ - thanks Cara Klothe for her extra push with us and Ally Fox for grooming today. Better test than last still those little things to polish. Love my HW boy!

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August 1st, 2019:

What a wonderful post by Damon’s Design HW’s owner Sarah Bushong:

Congratulations to Damon’s Design HW and Eragon VO. Of the many, many horses in the country that qualify for this particular competition only 15 are invited to compete nationwide.

Eragon qualified for the Grand Prix competition and Damon’s Design HW qualified for the Prix St. George competition! I’m so grateful to Nancy Smith, their rider and trainer. You rock Nancy!!

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July 27th, 2019

SenSation HW and Michael Bragdell - GMHA Vt Summer Show. Over 74% for the final qualifying score for the Regionals, blue ribbon too. Very nice, congratulations to the team and SenSation HW! What a dream horse.

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July 22nd, 2019:

How wonderful to see Michelle Gerlach’s Forbes HW to collect this year end award, champion title and ribbon at the SWFDA. Congratulations, love to see this, Michelle is a dear friend of mine, since the beginning of 2000 - where did the time go?

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July 22nd, 2019:

Dressage at DevonWood I

DeNaldi HW - is rocking the show ring, check out this huge class and Nadine Schwartsman and him won with over 73%!

Congratulations to this stellar pair and owner Melissa Connelly. Thank you Nadine for showing the HW horses off to their full potential, what a win/win! Especially happy as he was purchased sight unseen, never had shown before and just does, what he’s asked to do, including but not limited to: Making his owner/rider and us happy!

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July 21st, 2019:

So lovely to follow Carol McPhee and her 5 HW horses,

here are two of them (Feeling HW and Fendi HW) which she and her friend Ally Fox ride themselves at home and at horse shows, you go Carol and Ally, well done, congratulations!

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July 15th, 2019:

Congratulations to winning the FEI 6 year old Class, SenSation HW on top as usual!

Carol McPhee posted: SenSation HW & Michael Bragdell - FEI 6yo class. 83.8. This pair just keeps getting better and better - patience and confidence pays off.

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July 13th, 2019:

Nadine Schwartsman, posts the following update - how amazing, congratulations to her, the owners and their HW horses Empire HW and DeNaldi HW!

Tracy Cook’s amazing Empire HW rocked his first First Level Test with leg yields winning with 74.857%. He also gave me a really correct and happy 5 year-old Test (the counter canter and simple changes scared him a little earlier this year but now he can do it confidently) and scored a 7.64.

Melissa Connelly’s sweet Greta gave me two super solid tests winning her Third Level class with 68% and her Fourth Level class with 70.256%. Very proud of her! Greta’s baby brother DeNaldi HW scored 7.54 in the Markel Four Year old qualifier and handled his only second show like a champ!

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July 11th, 2019:

Victory, blue ribbon and super score!

Empire HW, ridden by Nadine Schwartsman, owned by Tracy Cook, congratulations on a super score and 1st place, we get told he is a total sweetheart and makes his owner and rider super happy.

Nadine said: "I am just completely smitten with this boy!"

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July 10th, 2019:

Dressage at Thunderhead Farm Congratulations:

Victory and blue ribbon at 2nd level for Franziskus HW (aka Fashion HW) and Cara Klothe - at the first outing with this young boy.

Carol (his owner) says she is very proud and looking forward to their future.

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July 1st, 2019:

Second level champion, blue ribbon and more - Carol McPhee riding her Feeling HW, congratulations to this team and trainer Cara Klothe, well done!

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June 26th, 2019:

Boise River Dressage Show Results!

Nadine Schwartsman posted: De Naldi HW owned by Melissa Connelly worked really hard to keep up with his big HW brother and earned a 78.793 at Training 3.

This was his first ever show at only four years old.

His mommy Melissa says: He’s brilliant and a great fit for me.

So, another win/win for everyone. Congratulations!!!!

June 25th, 2019:

Empire HW did it again, over 82%!!!

Nadine Schwartsman is with Tracy Cook: A truly perfect weekend at the Boise River Show. I will sort out all the results properly to post tomorrow but today both Empire HW and Jumanji scored over 82%.

In addition, his mommy Tracy reported the following: Hi Irene, just wanted to send you a note, I know Nadine has kept you informed on Empire HW as he progresses as a 5 y.o . He is just such joy and others have obviously noticed what a good boy he is. I am excited to get our 4th (We still include FiveStar) HW horse at Les Bois. Empire HW earned his second 82+ score and best of all he is a fun and social love bug. Today before his test he socialized and had all the kids and some adults in his pockets, he always had people around him. I love that he is easy and uncomplicated to ride for me too. In short he is an amazing young horse! Thanks for your work and the care you take in the HW horses you sell.

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June 17th, 2019:

Check out those scores! Empire HW is High Point Champion! Congratulations to Nadine Schwartsman and Empire HW (owner Tracy Cook),

Nadine Schwartsman posted: Fun first show day in Spokane!!! Ready to go to bed but had to share Empire HW’s score of 82.759% at Training Level.

He is such a sweet and kind horse and always tries his best.

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June 16th, 2019:

Tara Stegen posted the following: So thrilled with Gatsby HW. First level test 2 - 71.228% (with bobbles). This big boy is everything I have wanted since New Tango!!! I am so beyond thankful to my parents Barbara and Gil for buying 1 more baby . And thanks to my sponsors.

 

June 12th, 2019:

Congratulations to another victory, well done Carol (owner/rider) and Feeling HW!

Carol McPhee is with Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold, Feeling HW - very proud of him and another show no ghost sightings - each ride getting better -

Onward and upwards - thanks Cara Klothe for putting in many days weekly helping us all out at FOD.

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May 2019: USA bred (by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold/www.HWfarm.com), Olympic horse Selten HW with Anders Dahl

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May 16th, 2019:

Laura Graves clinic: Thanks to a HW horse fan/spy, got some pictures of FineStep HW with his mommy. One comment: "Everyone would love to take this one home!" Lisa bought him 2013 sight unseen and LOVES this boy. Lisa Rush, what an amazing journey, you are training him so well, always a true pleasure to see updates.

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May 12th, 2019:

USDF SenSation HW's results...quite impressive, congratulations to Carol McPhee & Scott McPhee, as well as his sensational rider Michael Bragdell.

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April 30th, 2019:

Horses & Dreams/PSI Events, Hagen Germany.

A very respectful 73.130 % for Selten HW (US bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold), with Anders Dahl in the saddle. What an accomplishment, check out that list, just wow!

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April 28th, 2019:

USDF Connection Magazine prints the following:

SenSation HW, thank you Christine Traurig (U.S. Dressage Young Horse Coach), this article is awesome! Quote: "I melt away when I watch this horse", she said of SenSation HW.....last year's Markel/USEF Young Horse Five-Year-Old national champion.

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April 28th, 2019:

How wonderful, congratulations to Fendi HW, his rider Ally Fox and owners Carol McPhee and Scott McPhee. Well done, Ally posted: Very pleased with Fendi HW for our first time out this season doing 1-3 scoring 70.694. Can’t wait to see what the summer holds for us!

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April 27th, 2019:

Salans, France, congratulations, two more victories today!

Sandro (aka Special Edition HW) confirms his beautiful performance from yesterday with an average of 65,7 and an international judge at + of 67.

Sandrine Trillat: What a horse .. what a love story ! Thank for all Irene !

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April 15th, 2019:

Congratulations to Nancy Smith and Damon’s Design HW (owned by Sarah Bushong-Weeks)

!!!! FEI High Point Champions !!!!!

Damon’s Design HW rocked the house with a 75.875% at Developing PSG and next day, in the middle of a rain storm was able to score another 71.25% What wonderful results all around, an amazing team!

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April 9th, 2019:

Congratulations to FiftyShades HW, aka Finley’s rider Janine Little and his owner Shawneen Jacobs. This team capped off the winter season in style, Finley shined like a bright star and continued his successful path, with winning the PSG Championship.

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April 8th, 2019:

Love posts like this one, congratulations to an amazing team and Festival HW:

Donna Gatchell is feeling blessed, at Morven Park International Equestrian Center

Festival HW is quietly working away at improving his Piaffe and one tempis. We have showed the Inter B test the last two weekends and he has won all 4 tests with scores from 65-69% I am so incredibly happy with his progress , I have to credit Martin Küpper who really helped me while he was here ...... he was so great at helping us have some major progress with the ones and the piaffe.

Festival HW has a huge talent for passage and has scored 7’s and 8’s in all tests. Looking forward to moving him to 1-2 here this summer. Huge thanks to Karen who supports my journey with him.

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April 6th, 2019:

First Show for Empire HW, two days of High Scores of each day, two victories with 77.2% and 77.586% and overall lots of praise and compliments from his trainer and owner, everyone is so happy, win/win for all of us!

Nadine Schwartsman posted: Tracy Cook’s wonderful youngster Empire HW today. I am just completely smitten with this boy!

This is his first horse show ever and he is loving the show life!

Today he earned a 77.586% for this Training Level Test and our First Level score from yesterday of 77.2% was the highest score of the day, each day.

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April 5th, 2019:

Nadine Schwartsman rode FiveStar HW very successfully all these years, all the way to GP and has Empire HW stepping in his footsteps as expected, what an amazing update, so nice to see, congratulations and a huge thank you for the trust over all these years to Nadine and new owner Tracy!!!

Nadine Schwartsman posted: The babies were great today!!!

Tracy Cook’s Empire HW rocked his first show ever with a 77.241 at First Level!!! Very special and kind horse.

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March 29th, 2019:

Congratulations to Nancy Smith and Damon’s Design HW in Wellington for his first USEF Developing Prix St. George Qualifier. 72.3% Damon’s Design HW as well as other HW horses are owned by Sarah Bushong and in the trusted hands of Nancy as well.

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March 25th, 2019:

Not only did SenSation HW and Michael Bragdell score an 81% at the Global FEI 6 yo Preliminary test at Global in Wellington/Florida, in addition they were featured in the Practical Horseman spring edition 2019, with a picture of the USDF dressage trainers Conference, with US young horse coach Christine Traurig. Congratulations to the rider, the owners Carol McPhee and Scott McPhee as well as the whole entire team that made it possible.

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March 21st, 2019:

Congratulations to Festival HW, his mommy, trainer and team, how wonderful, Karen posted the following: Karen Kerchner Baillie is feeling grateful with Donna Gatchell and Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold. From the US Rhineland Studbook to cap off the 2018 Dressage season these Champion prizes. Our extremely talented, hard working trainer Donna Gatchell and my Festival HW excelled throughout the year at I-1 and I-1 Musical Freestyle. Onto the next FEI level this spring!

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March 16th, 2019:

2019 Global Dressage Festival, SenSation HW: 72.162% at USEF Third Level Test 1, just rocks with his team and rider Michael Bragdell in the saddle. Congratulations to him/them and owners Carol McPhee and Scott McPhee, fantastic to see these results! Congratulations to all other competitors as well.

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March 8th, 2019:

Florida, White Fences Champion Series, PSG

Congratulations to Janine Little and Shawneen Jacobs with Finley (FiftyShades HW)

Janine Little posted: Very pleased to see Finley is currently leading the open PSG in the White Fences Championship Series, what a good boy!

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March 4th, 2019:

Congratulations to Pitu HW and his rider/owner Emily Rodger Barber to their silver medal and reserve champion at their FEI Prix St. Georges debut. Well done, what a wonderful team, they are both beaming with happiness, such a great partnership. Yes - he was purchased sight unseen too.

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February 24th, 2019:

Inter-I debut for FineStep HW and Lisa Rush. Well, congratulations to this successful, harmonic and beautiful team. So much fun to see them grow together.

She posted: Fin and I made a double debut this weekend, Showing-for the first time Texas and first I1. The facility here at Haras dos Cavaleiros in Magnolia is a beautiful and well run place to show. The show staff and volunteers were wonderful. I made many new friends who warmly welcomed me to their region. Thank you to everyone for making it a fun experience. Fin was great the whole weekend start to finish. Some of my neighbors ventured out to see what this crazy horse obsession is all about too. We made a couple of mistakes in the tempis and the pirouettes are still a work in progress. We got a 64.4 Saturday and came back with no big mistakes Sunday to get a 67.7. Looking forward to our next Texas adventure.

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February 24th, 2019:

Look what was in the mail: SenSation HW's new trophy, guess Carol and Scott McPhee will need to add an extra trophy room soon? So many ribbons, awards and gifts, what a success story it is. Congratulations to the owners and rider Michael Bragdell, plus Hilltop Team. Wonderful all around.

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February 18th, 2019:

FiveStar HW with Nadine Schwartsman, CDI, sooooo many ribbons. Congratulations to this amazing pair and FiveStar HW ’s owner, Dr. Cynthia McKim. Wonderful to see, especially as he was purchased from HWfarms, site unseen as a 3 year old many years ago, by his current owner.

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February 9, 2019:

Oh, how fun to see a HW horses name (SenSation HW), within a German stallion ad.

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February 8th, 2019:

USDF connection prints the following article, congratulations to Carol and Scott McPhee, plus the entire Hilltop team!

Carol posted the following:

Such a super 2018 - love this journey - love my SenSation HW (and my other 3 HWs) love this dancing pair - thank you Michael Bragdell and Team Hilltop.

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February 8th, 2019:

Florida, Wellington, how wonderful, congratulations to Tara Stegen and her superstar Gatsby HW, purchased sight unseen too.

Tara posts the following:

Feeling fantastic! Gatsby HW was super in his first class. First level test 1 with a score of 68.793 winning the class. And that was with a pilot error. So proud of my baby.

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February 3rd, 2019:

Congratulations to Michelle Rozzano Gerlach and Forbes HW, how nice to watch their successful journey:

She posted: A great weekend with my newest love Banderos and my youngest love Forbes HW. Scores from 65% to 70%. Season looks promising...?????? Thank you to all who make my village whole.

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January 21st, 2019:

Carol McPhee posted: SenSation HW was such a super boy day 1 with the huge crowd at Adequan / USDF FEI - Level Trainers Conference, in Florida, with Michael Bragdell in the saddle.

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January 17th, 2018:

Nancy is riding Damon’s Design HW since he was a well started four year old, look at them now! Wow, congratulations to this stunning pair and Damon’s owner Sarah!

Nancy Smith posted the following:Great show at Wellington! Congratulations, Damon’s Design HW and Nancy for a 70.5% at PSG, placing them second in the class.

A special thanks to Sarah Bushong for making it all possible. Also a big shout out to Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold from HW Farm.

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January 15th, 2019:

More victories! Congratulations to this wonderful team. Michelle loves Forbes HW so very much, here is what she posted, extremely proud of them and so happy to see: Michelle Rozzano Gerlach: My youngest love, Forbes HW, won his 2nd level test today with a lovely 72%. Thank you to my supportive village....couldn’t have done it without you!

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January 15th, 2019:

FiveStar HW on this nice banner, with USDF Gold Medalist Nadine Schwartsman in the saddle, owned by Cynthia McKim

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January 14th, 2019:

American Hanoverian FEI and USDF Young Dressage Horse Year End Winners, congratulations to all, but specially proud of Francis HW with Jennifer Williams Dressage, owned by Elizabeth Norling, being reserve Champion 6 Year Olds 2018 and looking down the list, seeing my home bred Selten HW with 8.6, owned by Anders Dahl & Fiona Bigwood, still being the highest scored in all years, all ages/categories. He was owned by Elizabeth Ball at the time.

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January 14th, 2019:

Love and training prevail, 3 victories for Dior HW and his mommy Kassidy Peacock over the weekend. Sallie Spenard and Shelly Francis are currently helping this pair. How wonderful to see this growing relationship. Thank you Kassidy Peacock, love the updates, you are a great team!

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