"We know what we do today can have a lasting impact for generations to come."
Three centuries ago, William Penn found his promised land in the hills of Pennsylvania. With its wildlife, rivers and friendly climate, it was an ideal area to settle in for the pioneers that conquered North America. Today we call this historic area home. Located on acres of rolling hills and pastures, Iron Spring Farm has been a pioneer in the sport horse world for more than three decades.
Starting in the early 1980’s the farm began importing European Warmblood breeding stock that emphasized talent, rideability and good temperaments. By focusing on these traits, hundreds of talented and successful dressage, show jumping and eventing champions have been produced, including international jumpers Judgement ISF and Ovation ISF.
Iron Spring Farm stallions have also sired over a dozen approved sons and literally hundreds of First Premium, Star and Keur offspring. We’re proud of the fact that the sons and daughters of Iron Spring will play a significant role in sport horse breeding for years to come.
"We hope to sell our horses primarily within North America. People should be able to buy European quality here in the United States."
Iron Spring Farm has spent years cultivating some of the finest bloodlines the sport horse world has to offer in order to give American breeders and riders the same advantages as our European counterparts. Our goal is to produce athletic, rideable horses that are a pleasure to be around. For this reason, before we choose a stallion we make sure he possesses these qualities and can consistently pass them along to future generations.
Top priority is also given to the health and well being of the horses. Everything is considered—veterinary care, shoeing, and nutrition, training and handling for all the horses. We have individualized programs in place for our stallions, mares and foals and developing young athletes to ensure that they have the best opportunity to reach their full potential.
While horses are our passion, we’re equally dedicated to helping others produce their own future champions. The more than 200 breeders who choose ISF stallions each year have access to a variety of educational material and advice based on our years of experience. We work with some of the best experts in nutrition, reproduction and management, and conduct our own on-site research to keep up with the latest advances in reproduction and technology. We routinely post articles and research results that we think will help clients maximize the health and potential of their Iron Spring Farm foals as they become available. As always, the ISF team is there for support and guidance. The more breeders and riders know, the more successful they can become.
"There are fantastic horses in this country, and it is an ongoing process to educate buyers that they don’t have to make a trip to Europe to find a great horse."
Just like any athlete, horses need to be prepared for a life of riding and competition right from the start. We’ve spent years developing a program to give our young horses the best possible chance of becoming the champions they’ve been bred to be.
From the time they are three years old, ISF horses are in training with experienced young horse trainers who also show extensively. Our trainers attend clinics and are always improving their riding and training techniques. Horses are developed according to their personality and abilities.
All of our horses are raised and trained using protocol developed especially for athletes. Through nutrition and preventive health programs we try to give our horses everything they need including:
- Routine rotational de-worming
- Vaccination against Rabies, Botulism, West Nile, Potomac Fever, EVA, Rhino and flu, Tetanus and EEE/WEE
- Regular blacksmithing.
- Routine dental work after 3 years of age
Each year we select a number of young horses for our sales list. While it’s often hard to see them go, we’re pleased that others will enjoy them as much as we do.
"Ultimately our goal is to help build an American legacy of breeding excellence."
Over the farm’s 37-year history we’ve imported a number of stallions from Europe and bred the first American born approved Dutch Warmblood stallions. The first horses were from Germany and Poland, and now the primary focus is on horses from the Netherlands, both KWPN (Dutch Warmbloods) and Friesians (KFPS). Several of these stallions have been recognized for their outstanding contribution to breeding and sport by receiving breed association predicates of distinction such as Preferent and Crown. These “legacy” stallions continue to make an impact throughout the world.
Roemer, USDF Hall of Fame
One of the first Dutch horses imported was Roemer, the stallion who remains a favorite of Malone’s, even after his death in 1996. The Westfalen-bred son of Pilatus x Cyrano x Flietner, Roemer was the leading sire of dressage horses in the Netherlands for nine consecutive years.
As a competitor, Roemer gained prominence as both a Grand Prix jumper and later, under Malone, as a Grand Prix dressage horse. He has continued to build a lasting legacy through his sons and daughters, producing five approved and licensed stallions, Preferent and Star mares and 85 1st Premium foals. In 2006 he was inducted into the United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame.
“Roemer was everything I wanted as a stallion and as a riding horse,” Malone remembers. “He combined an incredible temperament with athletic ability, traits he passed on to his offspring.” His influence is widely acknowledged with many top dressage horses carrying the blood of Roemer, frequently on their dam’s side.
Contango Preferent, by Contender out of Adisa III St. Pr. St. by Kronprinz, launched his outstanding career by being named Champion of his 100-Day Test in Germany with a score of 146 points. He earned 9's on temperament and trainability and was awarded top honors in both dressage and jumping—an unusual feat.
During his years in competition, Contango received over 33 first place wins at Grand Prix including Dressage at Devon CDI-W and multiple CBLM and ABIC/USDF Region 1 Championships.
In addition to Ravel, Contango is the sire of other numerous Grand Prix dressage horses: New Tango, Royal Tango, Nanou, Maverick, Madorijke, Carrera, Maestro, Show Time,
May Fair, Now I’m Here, as well as Grand Prix jumpers Maroon, Minneavera, Newton,
Nada Penny, Nouvelle, Vereist Maranci, Mompty and Carousel. Though deceased in 2007, he is still producing outstanding get via frozen semen.
Rampal is one of two stallions at Iron Spring Farm that have been awarded the prestigious Crown predicate by the KWPN. This award was granted for being ranked as one of the top 200 dressage horses in the world. Rampal is by the world famous stallion Ramiro Z out of the Preferent, Prestatie mare Terika. They both have an amazing list of famous offspring in their lines. Rampal is one of the top sires of dressage horses as well as jumpers and hunters.
Although Rampal is no longer with us, he is remembered as a notable Dressage Grand Prix champion. He had 14 Grand Prix wins including the Royal Dressage Festival-CDI and the USET Festival of Champions.
Today Rampal's accomplishments are seen through his offspring. His son Ovation is a winning international show jumper, competing in Europe with former Olympian, Markus Fuchs. In 2004, daughter Valerie won the Filly Class at the Dressage at Devon Breed Show and in 2006 son Beaumont was Reserve Champion in the Colts and Gelding Championship at Devon and a KWPN-NA Top Ten Colt. His offspring are winning in eventing and the hunter ring as well.
Consul, by Nimmerdor out Waloniki Star, Preferent, Prestatie by Purioso Keur, continues to be one of the leading legacy sires at Iron Spring Farm, and is known for producing remarkable athletes. Consul has sired 70 first premium foals, 52 star mares and geldings and 9 Keur mares.
Consul's get excel at all levels of dressage, eventing and jumping and he has produced many champion hunters. His daughter, the Keur mare Hivona, is a Produce of Dam winner at Dressage at Devon and continues to be one of the top-producing broodmares in the KWPN-NA.
Judgement ISF, by Consul, was bred to jump and that's what he's been doing successfully for most of his life. Ridden by Olympic Team Gold Medalist Beezie Madden, the duo has been one of the most successful pairings in show jumping history. To date they have won over 1.5 million dollars.
In 2005, Judgement thrilled the Show Jumping world by winning the largest purse in Grand Prix jumping competition, the $1,000,000 CN International held at Spruce Meadows in Canada. In 2006 and 2007 the team won the Derby at Spruce Meadows and in 2006 they took home the Animal Planet Cup from the Syracuse Invitational. Judgement was also a member of the Gold Medal Team at the Super League Nations Cup in LaBaule, France and tied 1st place in the Irish Field Six Bar in Dublin.
Over the years Judgement has represented the USA at the World Equestrian Games and on 10 Nations Cup Teams. While each of these accomplishments is impressive, the fact that Judgement can compete in any type of Grand Prix event and win is quite unusual.
Judgement ISF is unique in his power and versatility and he is the first American-bred stallion to achieve this level of international acclaim.
While he was only bred on a limited basis during his performance career, Judgement ISF is now making headlines as a sire. Ziezo DG was the #1 jumper stallion/gelding, the #1 ISF Cup and #1 Jumper IBOP (tie) in the 2007 KWPN-NA Top Ten rankings. Judgement Call was the 2007 IJF Finals Eastern Region Champion Best Performance and Reserve Champion Best Type. Numerous other jumpers have claimed show and breed organization championships.
Judgement’s mix of movement and jumping ability also suits eventing. Olympian Leslie Law is riding his son Zenith ISF to great success, and Judgement’s son Artesian was the 2010 East Coast Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Five-Year-Old Champion.
Teade 392, Sport
Since arriving at Iron Spring Farm, this impressive stallion has been an amazing example of what the Friesian breed is capable of. In 2006, Teade was the Reserve Champion at Second Level at the USDF Region 1 Finals - scoring 67.64% and placed 4th in the CBLM Championships.
Teade has been designated First Premie for six consecutive years and in 2007 he was awarded the Sport predicate in Dressage. His son Sylvester P was selected for stallion testing and Approved, entering the registry as Sipke 450 in 2009.
Teade has 176 1st and 2nd Premie foals and 43% Star mares. In 2009 daughter Tiramisu ISF was the Champion Mare at her FHANA inspection and in 2010, Garnett ISF was Champion Colt.
In 2011, daughter Sally P, Crown was ranked 3rd in Nation for IBOP Ridden and ISF Cup with a score of 79 pts.
Goffert 369, Sport
Goffert 369 was born in 1994 and is an Approved Friesian stallion by Preferent stallion Reitse out of Nynke J. by Cobus. He completed his stallion test in 1997 and was imported to ISF in January of 2002.
Goffert 369 was big, beautiful and talented and he brought an exciting new dimension to the world of dressage. He competed at Grand Prix with Belinda Nairn-Wertman until his death in 2007.
During his dressage career Goffert achieved numerous Grand Prix scores over 60%. Highlights included 1st place in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Kentucky Horse Park with a score of 74.1% and he placed 4th in the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon CDI-W with a score of 69.5%
In 2006 Goffert was honored by being made the Breyer Friesian Horse of the Year with a new model sculpted in his image. His offspring are consistently recognized as suitable for dressage and in 2007, 15 were awarded 1st or 2nd premie by FHANA.
"We never forget the importance of the mare in producing exceptional offspring. Our girls are stars too."
Iron Spring Farm's mission to serve the American sport horse community can be seen not only through their evolving stallion base, but in their large band of brood mares as well. Even though ISF stallions breed to more than 250 outside mares each year, the farm also continue sto breed and raise horses of their own.
The Next Generation
"Today you see Iron Spring Warmblood and Friesian stallions and their get competing and winning side by side in the best dressage rings and breed shows in the country."
As great as the last 37 years have been, the next decades promise to be just as exciting. With Iron Spring Farm stallions producing over a dozen approved sons and literally hundreds of sport champions, First Premium, Star, and Keur offspring, the sons and daughters of Iron Spring will have a significant impact on the sport horse world for many years to come.
One of the farm’s exciting stallions is the KWPN registered UB40, bred by A.J. v Os in the Netherlands. Before his importation in 2005, UB40 was one of the most popular young stallions in Holland. In 2004, he placed third in the Champions' Ring at the KWPN stallion licensing.
UB40 not only won the 2010 Get of Sire class at Dressage at Devon, but is also successfully competing at Prix St. Georges. With an easy mastery of both collected and extended gaits, UB40 epitomizes the modern dressage horse. Coupled with a variety of mares, including daughters of Ferro and Roemer, UB40 is producing exciting young stock. Among the highlights so far are the KWPN Approved stallion Apache, and El Paso ISF, the 2010 Young Horse Champion at Dressage at Devon.
Younger stallions Florianus II, by Florestan I, and Sir Sinclair, by Lord Sinclair, are also producing impressive progeny. Florianus II was the Get of Sire winner at the 2012 Dressage at Devon Breed Show and is winning at Grand Prix. Sir was the four-time Get of Sire winner at Dressage at Devon and several of his offspring have been successful in the Markel/USEF Young Dressage Horse Championships. He’s also the sire of two Approved Stallions, Welcome Sir (Westfalen) and Wesley (KWPN).
Iron Spring also has six KFPS Friesian stallions for American breeders to choose from. Malone became involved with the breed a decade ago. The Friesian temperament, movement and athletic ability were appealing and perfect for the North American market.
Young stallion Meinse 439 has won two USDF Regional Championships, along with 21 classes in the past two years. In 2010, he finished with a median score of 70.17%, placing him 8th in the country against all breeds at Second Level. With Friesian breeders focused on producing modern athletes with incredible gaits, like Meinse, it’s likely that the breed will find more success internationally in the coming decades.
Other Iron Spring Farm Friesian stallions have competed in the FEI ring, including Ulbert 390, successful at Prix St. Georges, and the international Grand Prix dressage stallion Goffert 369. Highlights of Goffert’s Grand Prix career included 1st place in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Kentucky Horse Park with a score of 74.1%, and fourth place in the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon CDI-W.