Friesian stud named USA’s top dressage breeder

Jupiter ISF, by Maeije 440.
Jupiter ISF, by Maeije 440.

Friesian and warmblood breeder Iron Spring Farm has topped the United States Equestrian Federation’s rankings for dressage breeders.

Floraya ISF, by Florianus II.
Floraya ISF, by Florianus II.

In the final 2013 standings,both warmbloods and Friesians bred by the farm accrued points in dressage breeding competitions. Point earners included Floraya ISF, by Florianus II, who was Reserve Grand Champion, Champion Young Horse and Champion Filly at Dressage at Devon, and Jupiter ISF, by Maeije 440 Sport, who was Reserve Champion Colt/Gelding at the same show.

The ranking is based on points earned in licensed USEF breeding competitions.  The calculations are determined by using USEFs Horse of the Year point scale. ISF earned 486 points, and Cara Kettenbach and Darling ISF earned 150 points of that total.

“North American dressage breeders have worked hard to produce top quality sport horses,” said Mary Alice Malone, owner of Iron Spring Farm. “To be ranked number one amongst these dedicated breeders is a great honor.”

A standout among the horses earning points toward the ranking was Darling ISF Star. The 2008 mare, by Sir Sinclair out of Saigon Elite by Jazz Preferent, had a fantastic show season. At the 2013 NEDA Fall Festival, Darling ISF was named Mare Champion and the GAIG/USDF Breeders Mare Champion. She also won the NEDA Dressage Stallion Auction Futurity with a 79%, as well as the Dutch Warmblood class.

Four of the horses that contributed points to the number one ranking were blue ribbon winners at Dressage at Devon: Izara ISF and Heavenly ISF both by UB40, Hailey ISF by Florianus II and Melody ISF by Uwe 458.

Izara ISF and Isadora ISF, both by UB40 out of Watch Me by Sir Sinclair, impressed at Dressage at Devon. Isadora ISF was named Champion Foal and the Reserve Foal Champion in GAIG/USDF Breeders East Coast Finals. Izara ISF was Reserve Champion Foal and Foal Champion in GAIG/USDF Breeders East Coast Finals. The sisters were produced by embryo transfer.

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