British dressage judge and horse owner Sarah Pidgley has acquired the 5-year old Oldenburg stallion Iron as a future ride for her daughter, young rider Annabella Pidgley. The stallion will remain in Denmark to be trained by Cathrine Dufour.
Iron is by Ibiza out of Havanna (by Hohenstein x Walt Disney). He is bred by Michelle Vicki Nedergaard in Denmark.
Breeder Nedergaard sold a half share to Andreas Helgstrand when the stallion was two years old and the day before the 2020 Danish warmblood licensing in Herning she sold her other half to Helgstrand who found a co-investor in Stutteri EVO.
The black stallion was licensed and named premium. In the autumn he achieved the second highest score in the Danish autumn stallion performance test. He scored 894.5 points.
In 2021 the Danish warmblood licensing committee reconfirmed his licensing and named him champion of the 4-year old lot.
Danish warmblood revealed the breeding statistics and Iron was Denmark's second most used dressage stallion in 2020 after Blue Hors Monte Carlo.
The ride on Iron was allocated to Mette Sejbjerg Jensen, but he was only very lightly competed.
He did only one qualifier to clinch a ticket for the 2021 Danish Young Horse Championships, where he finished 9th. In Denmark he did one more national show in Ringsted, in June, winning the qualifier for the 2022 Danish Young Horse Nationals with 94.6 %.
Jensen and Iron travelled to Warendorf in July to obtain a ticket for Germany for the 2022 World Young Horse Championships. He was long-listed after the first round, but did not get selected for Ermelo.
Iron has now been sold to Sarah Pidgley.
The black stallion will go into training with Cathrine Dufour, who has previously trained the other horses the Pidgley's bought in Denmark, such as Espe, Vamos Amigos and MBH Hilus.
"Together with Annabella Pidgley, I tried Iron and from the first ride we were both in love with him," said Dufour. "This amazing stallion holds endless power, balance and rideability and I feel extremely lucky that I will be responsible for the further training of Iron and hope that together we will go on a long journey and one day enter the big arena."
Iron will no longer stand at stud but will be focused on sport.
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