June 15th, 2020:
Huge congratulations to Nancy
Smith & Sarah
Bushong-Weeks with Damon’s
posted: This weekend was a big milestone for Damon’s
Design HW. We completed a six year journey from buying him as a
four-year-old and showing him this weekend and his first developing
Grand Prix where he scored a 67%! It was also a great weekend of
accomplishment for Destaque HI. He competed in his first open Grand Prix
and scored a 64.45. And last but certainly not least, Eragon VO showed
the green Grand Prix horses how it is done by winning his open Grand
Prix class. All in all, a fantastic weekend and Wellington! I am forever
grateful for the support that I have from the best owner ever, Sarah
Bushong-Weeks and Mary Anne who is the wind beneath my wings!
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.
May 13th, 2020:
The German St.GEORG publishes the German article about SenSation
HW and Laura
US-Jungpferdechampion für Laura
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
Graves hat nun den siebenjährigen Westfalen-Wallach SenSation
HW v. Sunday
unter dem Sattel. Sie reitet den Rappen für seine Besitzer, Scott
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.
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
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
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.
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
Graves, I'm sure we will all be pleased. Go Laura,
best of luck.
Dressage-News publishes the following article:
Graves Gets New Ride on SenSation
HW, USA Champion at 5 & 6 Years
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.
owned by Scott
McPhee, “is kind and talented and I am so looking forward to the
future with him.” The Westfalen gelding (Sunday
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%.
HW won the US Dressage Final Third Level Championship last November.
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.
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.
May 8th, 2020:
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.
April 8th, 2020:
publishes the following
article, wonderful news about Janine
Little, Finley (aka FiftyShades
HW, owned by Shawneen
Janine Little and Little Dressage Celebrate Consistent
Record of Championships at White Fences
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
Jacobs, and were purchased as youngsters and brought up the
levels from Training level onwards by Janine
Photo - Janine Little aboard Finley, owned by Shawneen
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.
Little with the horses with whom she earned series championships
this Florida season: Billionaire (left), Finley,
and Ebony, all owned by Shawneen
“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
“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.”
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.
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!
Stationed at Annette
Top quality, hand selected horses, all information can be found at www.HWfarm.com
- We love what we do
March 19th, 2020:
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!
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.
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
Rodger Barber is excited to have him back home soon, she said: Best
March 17th, 2020:
How fantastic, congratulations.
So happy for Nancy
Design HW and team.
March 16th, 2020:
Congratulations to this team!!!
Little, Finley (aka FiftyShades
HW) finishes up in Reserve his first season at Grand Prix so proud
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.
March 1st, 2020:
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
Mette Dahl Takes over Dad Anders' Danish Team Horse Selten HW for
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
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.
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
"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
Bigwood, a super ride and posted scores of 72.20% and 72.94%
"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
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.
"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.
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."
February 24th, 2020:
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!
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…...
February 17th, 2020:
This makes me/us so happy and proud, huge congratulations to family
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!
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%
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
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
February 16th, 2020:
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 ·
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
Reserve champion - FEI MFS
December 7th, 2019:
how fantastic, congratulations to Mette’s
Dahl's victory and the whole team! Go Selten
HW, Olympic competitor and babysitter.
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
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.
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!
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
McPhee and team.
PS Dressage publishes the following article:
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
October 30th, 2019:
Congratulations to Rachel
Shelton and her horse BestMan
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.
October 24th, 2019:
HW's site posted the following, huge congratulations to the team and
owner Carol McPhee!
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.
September 23rd, 2019:
OMG - I love it when Carol
McPhee sends pictures like this one!
Bragdell are rocking it each year, over and over again.
Congratulations all around.
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.
September 22nd, 2019:
Yeah - congratulations to team SenSation
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.
McPhee says: "What a match made in heaven and so
September 23rd, 2019:
Victory with 70.238% at the regionals, for Feeling
HW with his mommy Carol
in the saddle, congratulations!
So proud of my Feeling
HW aka Fitz. What a great birthday present from him and a great
Thank you Cara
Klothe for the long hours working hard with all of us at FOD. We do
September 20th, 2019:
Congratulations, check this out! Region 6 Training Level Open
Championship Reserve Champion - De
De Naldi HW
Schwartsman in the saddle) is very proud that he got to pick up his ribbon and the ribbons for all
his Training Level friends.
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
HW, owned by Carol
McPhee and ridden here by Cara
Klothe. Congratulations to this team!
September 3rd, 2019:
Blue suits them well, Janine
Little posted the following, congratulations to her and FiftyShades
HW’s owner Shawneen
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!!
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
Him Back-to-Back Markel/USEF Young Horse National Championship Titles on
After receiving the highest score of the class, an 8.78,
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.
The US Equestrian reports:
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
couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed."
August 17th and 18th, 2018:
Such nice posts by Tara
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.
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
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 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!
August 1st, 2019:
What a wonderful post by Damon’s
Design HW’s owner Sarah
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
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!!
July 27th, 2019
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.
July 22nd, 2019:
How wonderful to see Michelle
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
July 22nd, 2019:
Dressage at DevonWood I
- 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!
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
well done, congratulations!
July 15th, 2019:
Congratulations to winning the FEI 6 year old Class, SenSation
HW on top as usual!
McPhee posted: SenSation
HW & Michael
Bragdell - FEI 6yo class. 83.8. This pair just keeps getting better
and better - patience and confidence pays off.
July 13th, 2019:
Schwartsman, posts the following update - how amazing,
congratulations to her, the owners and their HW horses Empire
HW and DeNaldi
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.
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!
July 11th, 2019:
Victory, blue ribbon and super score!
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.
said: "I am just completely smitten with this boy!"
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.
(his owner) says she is very proud and looking forward to their
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!
June 26th, 2019:
Boise River Dressage Show Results!
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:
did it again, over 82%!!!
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.
June 17th, 2019:
Check out those scores! Empire HW is High Point Champion! Congratulations to Nadine
Schwartsman and Empire
HW (owner Tracy
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.
June 16th, 2019:
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
June 12th, 2019:
Congratulations to another victory, well done Carol
(owner/rider) and Feeling
McPhee is with Irene
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.
May 2019: USA bred (by Irene
Olympic horse Selten
HW with Anders
May 16th, 2019:
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
Rush, what an amazing journey, you are training him so well, always
a true pleasure to see updates.
May 12th, 2019:
HW's results...quite impressive, congratulations to Carol
McPhee & Scott
McPhee, as well as his sensational rider Michael
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,
April 28th, 2019:
USDF Connection Magazine prints the following:
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
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!
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.
Trillat: What a horse .. what a love story ! Thank for all
April 15th, 2019:
Congratulations to Nancy
Smith and Damon’s
Design HW (owned by Sarah
!!!! 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!
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.
April 8th, 2019:
Love posts like this one, congratulations to an amazing team and Festival
Gatchell is feeling blessed, at Morven
Park International Equestrian Center
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
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.
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!
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,
April 5th, 2019:
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!!!
Schwartsman posted: The babies were great today!!!
HW rocked his first show ever with a 77.241 at First Level!!! Very
special and kind horse.
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.
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.
March 21st, 2019:
Congratulations to Festival
HW, his mommy, trainer and team, how wonderful, Karen posted the
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
March 16th, 2019:
Global Dressage Festival, SenSation
HW: 72.162% at USEF Third Level Test 1, just rocks with his team and
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.
March 8th, 2019:
Florida, White Fences Champion Series, PSG
Congratulations to Janine
Little and Shawneen
Jacobs with Finley (FiftyShades
Little posted: Very pleased to see Finley is currently leading the
open PSG in the White Fences Championship Series, what a good boy!
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.
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.
February 24th, 2019:
Look what was in the mail: SenSation
HW's new trophy, guess Carol
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.
February 18th, 2019:
FiveStar HW with
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
February 9, 2019:
Oh, how fun to see a HW horses name (SenSation
HW), within a German stallion ad.
February 8th, 2019:
USDF connection prints the following article, congratulations to Carol
McPhee, plus the entire Hilltop
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
February 8th, 2019:
Florida, Wellington, how wonderful, congratulations to Tara Stegen
and her superstar Gatsby
HW, purchased sight unseen too.
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
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.
January 21st, 2019:
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.
January 17th, 2018:
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!
Smith posted the following:Great show at Wellington!
Design HW and Nancy
for a 70.5% at PSG, placing them second in the class.
A special thanks
Bushong for making it all possible. Also a big shout out to Irene
Hoeflich-Wiederhold from HW Farm.
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!
January 15th, 2019:
on this nice banner, with USDF Gold Medalist Nadine
Schwartsman in the saddle, owned by Cynthia
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.
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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