Category Archives: Fielding

Fielding enjoys another Winter Equestrian Festival

Fielding 2ndYearGreens with Kim Zindle-Buzby - Photo by Randi Muster

Fielding arrived in Wellington with trainer Kim Zindel-Buzby in late December.  No Florida grass would grown under their feet – as Fielding, Kim and wonderful owner Lindsay Rentz entered WEF I and II with good results. 

Owner Lindsay is holding her own against the pro’s in the Second Year Greens.  Fielding and Lindsay have ribboned in good company in both over fences and the hack.  Fielding continues to exceed everyone’s expections.  He jumps 3’9″ with exactly the same grace and style as 3’6″.

Could there be a Derby in their future?


Fielding wraps up his first Wellington Show Season – and excels in his new career!

Pre-green Lvl 2 with Jill Zindel-Buzby

Fielding has begun his new career as a show hunter with a vengeance -just three months earlier he was a dressage horse – now he’s wowing everyone with his new skills as a hunter – in the very BEST of company!

He has pleased everyone with his consistancy and performance – getting good ribbons against some of the best horses in the nation with his new owner, Lindsay Rentz in Amateur-Owner 3′ 3″, and with professional Kim Zindel-Buzby in Pre-Greens,Level 2.

Please visit his Video page for footage from WEF V.

Fanfare VT – awarded ISR/OLD NA Premium Foal and moves to sunny Florida


Vanfare VT (Fielding-Unmistaken Habit xx/Unmistaken xx) was somewhat exhausted by all the commotion connected with Virginia Tech’s ISR/Oldenburg inspection on September 19th.  But her quality was undeniable, and she scored an 8.2.  Her new owners, Barbara and Alexandra Schenck of Cocoa Beach, FL.  Daughter Alex is a student of Susanne Benne of Half Halt Stables, and is looking forward to bringing up and starting Fanfare VT.  We wish them health and happiness!

Video of Fanfare’s inspection here.

Fanfare VT right off the van in Florida with proud owner ALex Schneck

A new home and a new career for Fielding


Fielding at Liberty

This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  

I will say that it’s been one wild ride with Fielding – who took me places I never expected to go, and accomplished things most American breeders only dream of.   Fielding’s magnetism, integrity and work ethic humbled me – and watching the partnership and bond form between him and Michael was an honor, and not something I’ll ever see again.  I am thankful I was able to recognize what a special pair they made in real time.  THank you Michael.

And thank you Fielding.  You are unforgettable.   You are the child of my heart.


Natalie tells the story best:

Press Release by Hilltop Farm issued 08/19/2009

The Elite Hanoverian stallion Fielding (Fred Astair – Lessing), bred by Autumn Hill Farm and Kate Palmquist, has already accomplished a lot in a short career.  In 2007, Fielding finished fifth at his 100-day test, earned the coveted Class 1 status with his 125 points overall, and achieved the highest finish for a North-American bred stallion.  In the fall of 2008 he moved to Hilltop Farm to stand as a Guest Stallion for the 2009 season.

Paired with Hilltop Farm trainer Michael Bragdell for this show season, Fielding has been a consistent winner at First Level.  In his first two outings, he qualified for both the BLM and USDF Region 1 Championships.  His scores have ranged from 66.842% to 75.000% and he is ready to move up to Second Level.  His reliability, consistency, and trainability have made him a favorite ride of Michael’s and catch the notice of other competitors, trainers, and judges.

Fielding’s first foals have arrived this season as well and have met our high expectations.  Field Trip (Fielding – Wolkenstein II), bred by Laura Speer, received excellent comments at his recent AHS inspection and VA Tech’s lovely Premium filly Fanfare VT (Fielding – Unmistaken xx) won her ISR/Oldenburg class and was third in the Fillies of 2009 class with a score of 77% at Dressage at Lexington in July.  We are looking forward to additional accomplishments as the inspection tours and show season continues.

A new chapter begins for Fielding this week.  At the end of August, Fielding will be moving to a new home and begin a new path on the ‘A’ hunter circuit.  His type, movement, and jumping style caught the eye of a nationally respected hunter trainer and he was a perfect fit for a client looking for a special, ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ horse.   It was an unsolicited offer that his connections felt could not be turned down.  His new owner, Lindsay Rentz of Chadds Ford, PA has already formed a strong relationship with Fielding, and we wish them all success.   Lindsay will be gelding Fielding so that he will work seemlessly into his new life on her farm, and has plans to show him in Florida over the winter.

Autumn Hill Farm is retaining an inventory of frozen semen for Fielding’s breeders to honor any rebreeds in the 2010 season and will continue to offer for sale frozen semen on this exceptional stallion.  Hilltop Farm will work closely with all this year’s breeders and Autumn Hill Farm to honor all breeding contracts.  We will keep you updated on Fielding’s continued success in the show ring and look forward to the announcements and photos of your upcoming foals. 

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Natalie DiBerardinis ( ) or Kate Palmquist (  Thank you for your belief and commitment to Fielding these past two breeding seasons!

Michael with Fielding August 2009 - Perfect Partners

Fanfare VT wins the OLD/ISR Individual Breed Class at Dressage at Lexington

Fanfare VT, bred by Virginia Tech out of the Thoroughbred mare Unmistaken Habit xx, was poised and professional in her first show at 11 weeks.  She came third in the Fillies of 2009 class with a 77%, and, gaining confiedence, brought home the blue ribbon in the Old NA/ISR Individual Breed Class.

Her face very clearly states “Whoose ya daddy!” and her calm, collected demeanor underscores it.
We heartily congratulate the “VT Team” on this wonderful, athletic filly and wish them all future success.
Fanfare VT at Lexington 7/2009

Fielding continues his winning ways at CDCTA Recognized show at Morven Park

Blue is becoming a favorite color for Fielding, winning his 1st 3 test with a 68%, and a scoring a very successful first try in the FEI 5yo Young horse test with an 8.1.

He completed his weekend with an outstanding effort in the very competitive 1st 4 class, with a score of 75% and a third place finish.

Go Fielding!

Fielding sweeps his 1st Level classes at first recognized show

Despite a deluge and high winds, Fielding and Michael Bragdell swept all three classes entered at the recognized VADA-NOVA Spring Dressage Show at Morven Park in Leesburg, VA on April 11-12.
A drenching, cold rain didn’t dampen this pairs’ enthusiasm for the task on Saturday – scoring 68% in 1st 3, and coming back later in the afternoon to score 67% in 1st 4.  The sun brought cold winds on Sunday…and a third blue ribbon with a score of 66% in 1st 4.

While the ribbons are nice, what was truly satisfying was getting to watch these two delight in each other’s company.  Deep and tiring footing made no never-mind to this young stallion at the start of his competitive career.  When Michael asks, Fielding steps up to the plate.  Congratulations to both for a job very well done!

Morven Park - April 2009

Fielding & Michael start off 2009 in fine style!

Fielding and Michael scored a very satisfying 74%, hi-score rider, and hi-score first level in their first outing.  At his very first horse show, Fielding took in the sights: flying spotted ponies, new types of farm equipment and chaos in the warm-up ring with complete composure.

Fielding has been accepted into the Guest Stallion Program at Hilltop Farm, in Colora, MD for the 2009 breeding season. Details forthcoming.

With his new rider, Michael Bragdall, look for Fielding at the shows in 2009. These two have developed an outstanding rapport – it will be very exciting, and an honor, to watch them progress.

A snow day at Hilltop

Michael thinks he's back in Sweden