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
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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