Sir Sinclair - #1 Ranked USEF Sire of Dressage Horses Three Years in a Row

Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Caymus, sired by Iron Spring Farm's Sir Sinclair, Keur, claimed the USDF Intermediaire I Horse of the Year ridden by Jody Kelly.

Caymus, sired by Iron Spring Farm's Sir Sinclair, Keur, claimed the USDF Intermediaire I Horse of the Year ridden by Jody Kelly. (Photo: Susan J Stickle)

Iron Spring Farm’s Sir Sinclair, Keur, was the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) #1 Sire of Dressage Horses for the third consecutive year (2015-2017). Sir’s offspring earned 8,669 points in dressage competitions throughout the year, more than 4,000 points ahead the second place stallion, UB40, who is also owned by Iron Spring.

Sir’s historic achievement was made possible by 76 sons and daughters earning points, including 20 offspring competing at FEI. Rounding out the incredible year for the Iron Spring stallions, Contango, Preferent, finished fourth among nearly 900 ranked dressage sires in 2017.

Numerous Superstar Sir Offspring Won National-Level Accolades
Caymus received the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Intermediaire I Horse of the Year (HOTY). Caymus, ridden by Jodie Kelly, won eight classes at competitive shows like the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. The pair also earned two Adequan/USDF All Breeds Championships (KWPN-NA) at both Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I. Earlier this month, Caymus was named to the 2018 US Developing Horses list. “It’s very exciting! I keep pinching myself,” said Jodie. Caymus is a 2009 gelding out of Wencenza, a Grand Prix mare by Contango, Preferent. He was bred by and is owned by Beth Godwin.

Eschaton won 18 second and third level classes with owner/rider Casey Blum in 2017, including the US Dressage Finals Second Level AA Championship and the GAIG/USDF Region 4 Second Level AA Championship. The pair also won Adequan/USDF All Breeds Second Level AA Championship (KWPN-NA). Casey was just fifteen when she purchased Eschaton as a yearling. This was Casey’s first year to qualify for the U.S. Dressage Finals and her first trip to the Kentucky Horse Park. “I have worked with Eschaton since day one on the ground and in the saddle. The feeling of accomplishment after so many years of hard work was so gratifying. Eschaton helped me to grow up into the person I am today,” she explained. Eschaton was bred by at Providence Farm by Linda Smith, one of the country’s preeminent sport horse breeders.

Sir Sinclair an Intregal Part of Breeeding Success

Sir Sinclair, Keur, is the USEF #1 ranked sire of Dressage horses for the third year in a row.

Sir Sinclair, Keur, is the USEF #1 ranked sire of Dressage horses for the third year in a row.

Honor, another product of Linda’s breeding program, and a full brother to Eschaton, had a median score of 72.50% at 1st Level, which earned him and rider Ashley Duran the USDF 1st Level Junior/Young Rider Horse of the Year award, as well as the All Breeds Award (KWPN-NA) at the same level. Honor and Ashley won every First and Second Level classes they entered in 2017. Eschaton and Honor are out of Melisande, by Carpaccio.

Linda has matched her mares to Sir on seven occasions. “We love our Sir babies,” she said. Linda attributes her many successful competition horses to Grand Prix trainer Jami Kment, who happens to be her daughter. “Jami gets the majority of the credit for the success of our breeding program and the magic that's happened for their owners. Most of my amazing Sir babies have gone to Jami's students. The horses and riders are trained correctly, and brought along carefully. These riders are living the dream, winning their classes at the local, regional, and even national Level, things they never believed were possible.”

Another national star is Haiku. The 2012 mare, out of Melvira by Gentleman, won the Second Level Championships at both the U.S. Dressage Finals with a 73.92% and the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Finals with a 77.059%. Haiku was ridden by Anna Marek and is owned by Diane Morrison.

Twenty horses showing at FEI, including four at Grand Prix, added to Sir’s point totals in 2017. Air Marshall, ridden by James Koford and owned by Coleen Gray; Zania, owned and ridden by Jami Kment; Zuperman, ridden by Kathleen Raine and owned by Leona Pollack; and Dee Clair, ridden by Anna Marek and owned by Diane Morrison.

UB40, Keur, and Contango, Preferent, ranked 2nd and 4th.

Thank You
Thanks to the horses, riders, owners and breeders that contributed to Sir Sinclair's top score of 8869 points. This is the third consecutive year that Sir Sinclair has earned first place. Check out the 76 horses, grouped by level and the highest level shown here.