Iron Spring Farm's Meinse 439 Wins Second Consecutive GAIG/USDF Regional Championship
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
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USDF REGIONAL DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Iron Spring Farm's Friesian stallion Meinse 439 finished the 2010 season by claiming his second consecutive GAIG/USDF Regional Championship and winning an USDF All Breeds Award. Throughout the year, Meinse and rider and owner Mary Alice Malone were victorious in almost every Second Level class they entered. They took home nine blue ribbons, scores as high as 73.72% and several high point awards.
"We had an incredible year," said Mary Alice. "Meinse is a wonderful horse to show and we just had a really good time. I am so happy to develop a true partnership with this wonderful stallion." The pair had a median score of 70.17%, which earned them the USDF All Breeds Award (FHANA) #1 ranking in the Second Level Adult Amateur division. In the USDF Horse of the Year standings, the pair was ranked #2 in Second Level Adult Amateur, and #8 in Open Second Level against hundreds of horses of all breeds.
"Meinse is the definition of the modern Friesian. He's really fun to ride," Mary Alice continues. At six years of age, he displays the wonderful temperament that Friesians are known for, along with incredible movement and athletic ability. His father, Heinse 354 Sport, was well-loved not only by Mary Alice and the team at Iron Spring Farm, but also as a representative of the Friesian breed. Heinse was known for siring top horses, including three Approved stallions - Meinse 439, Bente 412 and Wisse 408. Talisman ISF, a gelding by Heinse, also had success at the USDF Regional show; he won two Training Level classes and the High Score Friesian award with a 74.40%.
Meinse's offspring also had a great year. Godiva ISF and Helena Wv. were both named Champion Filly and 1st Premie at their FHANA keurings. Isabella W.V.V. also earned the coveted 1st Premie status, and Gretchen H and Hinke Trientsje were both Champion Filly at their respective keurings. Meinse's colts were also impressive, with Gideon and Houke receiving Reserve Championships at their inspections.
"It's important to me that a stallion is successful in the show ring," Mary Alice explains, "and it's even more rewarding when he produces fantastic offspring. We are very excited about Meinse's fillies and colts this year."
Meinse wasn't the only Iron Spring Friesian producing top offspring this year. Teade 392's son Garnett ISF won Champion Colt at his FHANA keuring. Winand 405, who passed away at a young age, also sired two Star offspring: Winsome ISF, who was the Reserve Champion mare, and Waverly ISF, the Champion gelding, at the FHANA keuring.
You can learn more about the stallions at Iron Spring Farm at www.ironspringfarm.com, including videos, photo galleries and more. Keep up with the farm on Facebook.
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