Last February the Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook (KWPN) awarded Iron Spring Farm’s Sir Sinclair the prestigious Keur predicate, the only living North American stallion to have this honor. To receive Keur, a stallion must have been successful at the FEI level, and his offspring also must compete at the highest levels and have exceptional conformation.
With more than 30 sons and daughters showing at the FEI levels in dressage in the USA alone, Sir clearly exceeded the requirements. William, Warina, Westerstorm, Zuperman and Zatino H have won at Grand Prix.
Numerous Sir offspring claimed FEI championships around the country. Zania and Jami Kment were the GAIG/USDF Region IV champions at Intermediaire II. At the same show, Jennifer Conour and Zaida were the Intermediaire I champions. Anna Marek rode Dee Clair to the I-1 Reserve Championship with a 70.921 percent at the GAIG/USDF Region III Championships.
At press time, Sir Sinclair was ranked the number one dressage sire by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). At the prestigious Dressage at Devon breed show, Sir Sinclair made history when he won the Get of Sire class for a record fifth time.
“When you select a stallion for your breeding program, you hope they’ll produce the temperament, soundness and athletic ability you desire,” explained Mary Alice Malone, owner of Iron Spring Farm. “As the oldest offspring reach FEI, a stallion can be confirmed as a legacy sire.”
From the start, Sir Sinclair showed great promise. His world-class bloodlines, Lord Sinclair x Flemmingh, Preferent, along with his stallion test scores earned him a place at Iron Spring Farm. He won the Markel/USEF National Championship for Six-Year-Old dressage horses and the USDF Six-Year-Old Horse of the Year award, before progressing to Prix St. Georges with scores in the 70s.
Sir’s offspring clearly showcase his genetic gifts. His sons and daughters are successful hunters, eventers, jumpers and combined driving horses.
“I like stallions that produce all-around athletes,” Mary Alice stated. “As a breeder, you want to produce exceptional individuals.”
Another Iron Spring Farm legacy stallion is Contango, Preferent. At press time, he was ranked the number two sire of dressage horses by the USEF. Contango’s many 2015 winners included Beyonce, ridden by Gwen Blake to two championships at the GAIG/USDF Region VI championships. The pair scored a 70.855 percent in Prix St. Georges and a 74.700 percent in the Intermediaire I Freestyle. Tennyson ISF, with his amateur rider Suzie Halle, won seven Grand Prix classes in 2015, including the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society Adult Amateur Grand Prix Freestyle.
Mary Alice continued, “Contango is recognized for siring soundness, rideability and great movement.” Ravel, Caravella and Alcazar are just three of his international dressage stars. Contango’s offspring also excel as Grand Prix jumpers, top event horses and winners in hunters and equitation.
Another Iron Spring Farm leading sire is UB40, currently ranked eighth as the sire of dressage horses by the USEF. His progeny includes Eye Candy, the Second Level AA Freestyle Champion at the US Dressage Finals with a score of 76.33 percent with rider Amy Gimbel. The pair also was Reserve Champion Second Level AA.
UB40’s oldest offspring demonstrate why he’s one of the most popular sires in North America. His son Apache made his international Grand Prix debut with four wins and scores as high as 78 percent and was immediately named to the Olympic Dutch A squad. Alain Delon SB, a UB40-sired gelding, scored well in European Grand Prix. Bejing A, with teenage rider Alexandra Dominguez, won multiple Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I classes and competed in the 2015 Pan American Games.
The Iron Spring Farm Friesians also collected 2015 accolades. Teade 392, Sport, sired three of the top five national Iron Spring Farm Dressage IBOP Cup winners and three Star offspring. “Teade is a prolific sire of sport Friesians,” Mary Alice said. “Modern Friesian breeding emphasizes the elasticity and carrying power needed for the upper levels of dressage.”
The young stallion Tjalbert 460 sired five champions and reserve champions, along with eight 1st and 2nd Premies during the FHANA keuring. Meinse 439 sired four champions and reserve champions, five 1st and 2nd Premies and a Star mare.
Horses like Sir Sinclair and Teade are part of Iron Spring Farm’s 40-year commitment to the Iron Spring Farm American Advantage. By providing proven bloodlines, along with exceptional service, transparency and impeccable veterinary care, the Iron Spring Farm team helps breeders get their mares in foal. Ongoing expert advice and tools are also available so breeders can develop and market their offspring to the highest level.