Iron Spring Farm's Contango, Preferent, continues to make history. He is currently the number one ranked Dressage Sire by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Among the 18 offspring contributing to this placing is Alcazar, owned by Jane Forbes Clark and ridden by Katherine Bateson-Chandler. The pair earned six Grand Prix victories in Wellington, FL earlier this year with scores in the 70s. Two additional Grand Prix-winning Contango offspring were bred and sold by ISF: Rhumba ISF, owned by Andrew Baertsch and ridden by Leah Nelson, and Tennyson ISF, owned and ridden by Suzie Halle.
Contango offspring are also winning in the FEI Young Rider division: Wencenza owned and ridden by Mattie Zepernick, and Sjapoer owned and ridden by Ayden Uhlir. Contango, a winner of 33 Grand Prix, is known for siring many international stars, including Ravel and Caravella.
Two additional Iron Spring Farm stallions are also highly ranked. Sir Sinclair currently sits in fourth, with three offspring winning in Grand Prix: Warina, William and Zatino H. UB40 is ranked sixteenth. Scores from the FEI-winning Beijing A and Clapton JP are among the 19 UB40 sons and daughters contributing points. Of the top 16 stallions on the USEF list, three of the four North American-based stallions are at Iron Spring Farm.
The USEF Leading Dressage Sire rankings are calculated using a weighted scale that accounts for placing and level of competition. The USEF website explains, "In an effort to make the calculations of our rankings for Dressage and Eventing fairer, we have created a weighted system. In the past, points for entry-level classes were given the same number of points as the top levels. This new weighted scale is designed to make the rankings more appropriate for the accomplishments of the horses."
About Iron Spring Farm
For more than 35 years, Iron Spring Farm has been importing and breeding high quality sport horses. Iron Spring Farm stands warmblood and Friesian stallions, and offers programs to help breeders produce, raise and market exceptional athletes of their own. Visit www.ironspringfarm.com for complete information.