Photo Credit: Terri Miller.
Coatesville, PA — Iron Spring Farm’s Sir Sinclair, Keur, was the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) #1 Sire of Dressage Horses for an incredible fourth consecutive year (2015-2018). Sir’s offspring earned 10,681 points in dressage competitions throughout the year, more than 4,000 points ahead of the second-place stallion, Contango, Preferent, who is also owned by Iron Spring. Sir’s impressive achievement was made possible by 72 sons and daughters earning points, including 27 offspring competing at FEI, with four at Grand Prix. Rounding out the remarkable year for the Iron Spring stallions, UB40, Keur, finished third among more than 800 ranked dressage sires in 2018. All three ISF stallions were also ranked in the Top 100 FEI dressage sires by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses.
From Grand Prix to Training Level, Sir’s superstar offspring brought home big scores.
Dee Clair had six top-six finishes with rider Anna Marek in the CDI3* Grand Prix classes during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, with scores as high as 70.500%. Dee Clair is owned by Diane Morrison and was bred by Dr. Ruth Sorensen.
Caymus continued his successful FEI career in 2018. The bay gelding, bred and owned by Beth Godwin, was named to the 2018 Developing Horse List. With rider Jodie Kelly, Caymus finished third in the small tour division at the U.S. Festival of Champions. The pair was also Intermediate Freestyle champions in the Adequan USDF All Breeds Award (KWPN-NA).
Eschaton won 15 Third and Fourth Level classes with scores as high as 74.744% in 2018. The grey gelding also claimed two GAIG/USDF Regional Championships: Third Level Amateur and Adult Equitation with owner/rider Casey Blum. The pair claimed the USDF Third Level Amateur Horse of the Year, as well as first place in the Adequan USDF All Breeds Awards (KWPN-NA) in the same division. Eschaton was bred by at Providence Farm by Linda Smith.
Imperial WRF had 18 wins at Training and First Level with scores to 78.363%. With owner/rider Alexandra du Celliee Muller, the gelding won the GAIG/USDF Region 4 Reserve Championship with a 74.205%. Imperial WRF was bred by Judy Reggio.
Contango and UB40 Round Out Remarkable 2018 Rankings
Contango, Preferent, and UB40’s offspring also had an extraordinary 2018. Contango finished the year ranked #2 USEF Sire of Dressage Horses, with 41 offspring earning points, including 7 showing at Grand Prix. Highlights featured international star Alcazar, ridden by Katherine Bateson-Chandler, who won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special at Adequan Global Dressage Festival 5. The black gelding had six additional top-three finishes during the Global circuit. Faberge Blue, ridden by Michael Bragdell, continued his winning ways in the small tour classes and moved up to the Developing Horse Grand Prix division.
UB40’s sons and daughters did their father proud in 2018. They won two championships at the U.S. Dressage Finals, plus four championships and eight reserve championships at the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships. Eye Candy, owned and ridden by Amy Gimbel, was Champion Fourth Level Amateur Freestyle with a 71.467% at the U.S. Dressage Finals. The pair also finished as Reserve Champions in the Fourth Level Amateur division. Hana, owned and ridden by Laura Crowl, won the Second Level Amateur Championship with a 71.585% at the U.S. Dressage Finals, along with regional championships at second and third level. Among UB40’s 47 point earners, 12 competed at FEI, including two at Grand Prix.
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