When Catherine Malone took over the ride on Persimmon in August 2004, she probably did not expect to be riding her new future star. At the 2005 Wellington Dressage Show in February, Malone won the Young Riders team test with 64.296% and placed second in the Prix st Georges with 62.000%. This young dynamic duo is off to a great start in qualifying for the 2005 North American Young Riders Championships.
The 8-year old Persimmon ISF was home bred at Iron Spring Farm and is by Keur stallion Contango out of Hidden Road xx (by Road at Sea xx). The mare was brought along by Angela Sasso, ISF's young horse trainer.
Because of her beauty and solid gaits, Persimmon received the NA/WPN star predicate in 2000 and was rated number 1 in the nation. In 2001, Persimmon did the mare performance test (IBOP) and rated number one in the nation for dressage and number two for show jumping.
Sasso competed Persimmon ISF in the FEI Young Horse classes in 2003 and qualified for the 2003 World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany, but chose to go to the American Young Horse Championships instead.
In 2004, the dark bay Dutch warmblood mare was prepared for FEI level but received her sport predicate from the NA/WPN office based on her scores in the meantime. Persimmon has two foals on the ground, a 2003 colt and a 2004 filly, both by Consul via Embryo transfer. She is expecting a foal by Sir Sinclair in 2005, also via E.T.
Catherine Malone started riding Persimmon ISF in August 2004, as Sasso had left Iron Spring Farm in January. "She took Persimmon to school with her and brings her home when on a break. She then works with Todd Flettrich," explained Meghan de Garay of Iron Spring Farm.
The Wellington Dressage Show was Malone's first outing on Persimmon ISF and the mare's first competition at Prix St Georges level.
Text by Astrid Appels
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