Dorie Addy-Crow and Sir Sinclair Excel in Florida

Iron Spring Farm's newest stallion Sir Sinclair is off the a great start in the U.S. with convincing wins in Florida throughout the 2004 Dressage in Florida show season, his very first competition year in his life.

At Snowbird's Paradise in Clarcona, Florida, Sir Sinclair impressed friend and foe with strong performances under his new steady rider Dorie Addy-Crow. Scrutinized by judges Marianne Ludwig, Gary Rockwell and Linda Zang, the bay stallion won two dressage performances at First and Second Level with scores of 67.37% and 69.72%. They went on to win the FEI Young Horse test for 5-years old scoring 9 for walk 9, 8.2 for trot, 9 for canter, 7.5 for suppleness and 8.5 for overall impression, totalling 83.49%. Sir Sinclair was declared First and Second Level Champion and became the show's High Point Champion.

Sir Sinclair, a bay Lord Sinclair x Flemmingh, was purchased by Mary Alice Malone of Iron Spring Farm through Belinda Wertman of INSPO. In the Netherlands, Sir Sinclair had already bred to 155 mares and was the price highlight at the KWPN Select Sale auction for licensed and non-licensed stallions.

Connecting Addie-Crow to Sir Sinclair was an unpredictable twist of fate. "When he first came over to the USA, it was the fall and we wanted to add him and another new Friesian stallion we bought at the same time to our farm video," Meghan de Garay of Iron Spring Farm explained. "Belinda suggested having her assistant, Dorie Addy-Crow, start him for us to get him ready for the video. They clicked so well that Mary Alice asked Dorie if she wanted to ride him this year and compete him for ISF."

At the American Dressage Concours in Venice, FL, Addy-Crow and Sir Sinclair claimed victory in the FEI Young Horse test once again with scores of 68.06% and 80.40%. At Southern Comfort in Clarcona, FL, Sir Sinclair took in his first "defeat". After a First Level 67.11% victory, the bay sire placed second with 65.28% at Second Level.

Verden Within Sight

At the Florida Dressage Concours, Sir Sinclair took revenge topping the field with 80% in the FEI Young Horse Test and claiming the blue at First Level with 67.22%. The show featured a forum for American dressage judges under the supervision of the international judges Lilo Fore and Natalie Lamping. S-judge Sue Madden-Mandas was delighted to be judging Sir Sinclair. "We were very surprised with the low 67.22% score of Sir Sinclair for his performance. We had given him 77%. A horse that moves so exceptionally and performed as well as Sir Sinclair did, you have to appreciate that with higher marks."

Belinda Wertman is extremely pleased with the performances of her student Dorie on Sir Sinclair. "He really is a fine animal. Not only is he a super, athletic mover, but he has a truly great temperament and work ethic, especially for a young stallion. There's no need for me to blather on; Belinda will contact you tomorrow with her impressions. His last show in Florida will be this weekend in front of 200 judges, so I hope he doesn't make me eat my words.

Belinda's husband Bill added that, "Sir Sinclair is doing unbelievably well. He and Dorie have developed a great partnership, and he could not be a kinder, more willing horse to work with and around We are thrilled that Iron Spring has given us the opportunity to show him for them, and I believe he and Dorie will be a formidable pair in the future."

Dorie Addie-Crow and Sir Sinclair are aiming to qualify for the 2004 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, July 8-11, 2004. Furthermore, Sir Sinclair is doing great as a breeding stallion in the U.S.

"He will be at Iron Spring Farm breeding this spring and summer. We have had tremendous interest from the NA breeders.Many people have requested contracts and our first booking to him was for a Contango mare, which should be a wonderful cross," Meghan de Garay said.

Text by Astrid Appels of
Image courtesy: INSPO

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