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Contango Offspring Excel Coast to Coast

Coatesville, PA---Over the past decade Iron Spring Farm’s Preferent

KWPN stallion Contango has had a great impact on sport horse breeding

for dressage and jumping. That influence was proven again when his

progeny lit up the dressage rings from California to Florida earlier

this month.

On the West Coast at the 2008 Burbank CDI-W/Y, Olympic medalist Steffen

Peters rode Ravel to wins in both the FEI Grand Prix Special and Grand

Prix with scores of 69.320 and 69.083 respectively. The gorgeous bay

gelding out of a Democraat mare is recognized for his three solid

gaits, including a fabulous canter. He was bred by Mr. H de Man and was

previously ridden by Edward Gal. Peters continued his winning ways on

Montango, a 14-year-old gelding by Contango out of Benellie by Joost.

The duo claimed the blue ribbon in the Prix St. Georges class with a

score of 70.083 and Intermediaire I with a score of 68.833.

Three thousand miles away, six Contango sons and daughters turned in

impressive performances at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y. Jodie

Stevens Kelly aboard Wencenza, bred and owned by Beth Godwin of

Freeport, Florida, won the FEI 5-Year-Old class scoring an impressive

78.60. “She was awesome and the judges were very enthusiastic,” Kelly

says of the mare who has only been back to work since August, after

having her first foal by Sir Sinclair.

Kelly first spotted the flashy chestnut mare at Godwin’s Jolly Bay Farm

as a three year old. “I saw Beth ride her one time and said I had to

have her. It’s been our running joke that I stole her from them,” she

recalls. Godwin imported Wencenza’s dam, Piacenza, sight unseen from

Toine Hoefs. Eventually she selected Contango for the chestnut mare. “I

thought he was absolutely stunning,” she recalls of the bay stallion.

Godwin has been thrilled with the result. She continues, “She has a

really great brain. I started her under saddle myself.” Wencenza has

qualified for the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage

Championships, but plans also include a UB40 foal via embryo transfer.

Other Contango offspring competing in the Derby included New Tango, a

gelding by Contango who previously competed in the Pavo Cup Finals in

the Netherlands. The 13-year-old gelding placed ninth, with a score of

65.37%, out of 32 entries in the CDI Grand Prix with Tara Stegen, of

Wellington, Florida, on board. Caballero 37 competed in the CDI

Intermediaire I with his amateur owner Lisa Dufresne of Sarasota,

Florida. The 11-year-old Contango daughter Claudia finished third in a

Fourth Level Test One AA/JR/YR class with owner Katherine Murray of

Wellington, Florida. Savoir Faire, a nine-year-old bay gelding by

Contango, competed in the Young Rider Prix St. Georges class during the

CDI with his owner Hannah Michaels of Stuart, Florida. And Ilsa

Schwarz, of Wellington, Fl, showed her homebred Cadenza in the

Developing Horse class.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the success of these very talented

horses,” says Mary Alice Malone, owner of Iron Spring Farm. “Contango

was a wonderful partner for me in the dressage arena. It’s equally

inspiring to see so many of his offspring achieving great success

throughout the U.S. and Europe.”

This success was confirmed a week after the coast-to-coast run of

Contango offspring when the KWPN announced the breeding index of

approved stallions. Contango tied with Cocktail for first place with a

breeding index score of 178, and with reliability score of 90%, just 1%

below Cocktail’s, secured second position overall on the index. The

index is based on results from approximately 500 offspring Contango

sired in the Netherlands in two breeding seasons in 1993 and 1994

before he was exported to the U.S. in 1995. It is a testament to

Contango's reliability for siring dressage talent to be at the top of

the index with so few offspring.

Contango is by Contender and out of the States Premium mare Adisa III

by Kronprinz. He began his career with a championship title from his

100-day test in Germany, scoring 146 points. Earning nine on

temperament and trainability, he received top honors in dressage and

jumping, a very unusual accomplishment. The only Preferent stallion in

North America at the time of his death in 2007, Contango was a

celebrated athlete and competitor, earning over 33 first place wins at

Grand Prix including Dressage at Devon CDI-W and multiple CBLM and

ABIC/USDF Region 1 Championships. As a sire, he has two approved sons,

Citango and Maestro and two approved grandsons, Tango and Westenwind.

His many successful offspring also include international jumpers

Carousel, Nouvelle, Broere Newton and Nada Penny.

About Iron Spring Farm

For more than 30 years Iron Spring Farm has been importing and breeding

high quality sport horses. Iron Spring stands nearly a dozen warmblood

and Friesian stallions and offers programs to help breeders produce,

raise and market exceptional athletes of their own. Visit

http://www.ironspringfarm.com for complete information.

PHOTO: Caption: Beth Godwin's Wencenza, by Contango, won the FEI 5 Year Old Class at the Phelpssports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby. Photo Courtesy of Jolly Bay Farm

 

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