Big Wins for Offspring of Iron Spring Farm Stallions
Fabrege Blue by Contango, Pref.
- October 18, 2017
- by Christine De Herrera
Iron Spring Farm’s stallions are having a legacy year as their offspring rack up championship titles in a range of disciplines, from dressage to hunters to breed shows. All of these exceptional sport horses were bred in North America.
Willow ISF, Sport, by Erik 351, Sport out of Brecht J, made her debut at Grand Prix this year with rider Abraham Pugh, becoming the only Friesian mare competing at that level in the United States. “Willow showing at Grand Prix this year is like a dream,” said owner Lynn Phillips, who rides the mare at Second and Third level. Phillips earned her USDF Bronze Medal and the USDF All Breeds Award (FHANA) Second Level AA Freestyle Horse of the Year Award with the mare in 2016. “She is such a willing, smart girl!”
Faberge Blue (Contango, Preferent x Democraat, bred by Marie Emrey) finished in 11th place overall at the 2017 Markel Developing Horse Prix St. Georges (PSG) Championships. He was ridden by Michael Bragdell. “Fabs” has had an incredible year, earning two wins at PSG with scores above 72% at the Sussex County Dressage Show I. He also showed at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, scoring above 73% in the Developing Horse classes.
The Florianus II daughter Kasandra ISF was named Co-Champion High Score KWPN Horse at the 2017 Sallie B. Wheeler Hunter Breeding Championships. The national championships were the mare’s second competition. “Kasandra showed beautifully, and took everything in stride,” said owner Jill Reilley. “I couldn't have asked her to be any better.”
“She has a very agreeable demeanor. She is simply a go with the flow type. She shipped to Sallie Wheeler all by herself, and she hadn't shipped alone before. It was her first away show as well, and she was completely unfazed.” Kasandra was handled by Billy Howland.
Godot SSF, by UB40 out of BoWendy by Sir Sinclair, Keur, has had seven wins at Third Level and in the FEI Six-Year-Old divisions this year, including at prestigious Dressage at Devon. Bred at Shooting Star Farm, and owned by Carol and Scot Tolman, the chestnut gelding’s wonderful temperament and athletic ability have allowed him to march steadily up the levels. “‘Sammy’ is a really sweet horse,” said Scot Tolman. “He loves attention and is always willing to be part of the human-horse partnership, whether it’s on the ground or under saddle.” Tolman has been impressed by Godot’s expressive movement since he was a foal. He explained, “He’s super balanced with a lot of ability to sit. He has a great canter.”
The UB40 daughter Elzarma TF was Reserve National Champion at the AGCO/USEF Young Rider National Championship. Ridden by Rebekah Mingari, and bred and owned by Kerrin Dunn, the mare won four classes this year on her way to the national championships, including a 74.788% in the Young Rider Freestyle at the KDA 31st Annual Dressage Show. In 2016, the pair had an incredible 16 victories, including the Great American/USDF Region 2 Young Rider Champion and Fourth Level Freestyle Championship. Elzarma is out of Allure S, by Rousseau.
The UB40 son Kishmir MFA, a half-Arabian out the mare Thee Ariella, was named the Two-Year-Old National Champion HA/AA Sport Horse Geldings In-Hand at the Arabian Sport Horse National Championships. He is owned and bred by Martha Skapof and handled by David Conner.
Photos by Susan J. Stickle