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Judgement ISF: A special bond with Beezie Madden

Beezie and Judgement – members of the US team during the BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows, Calgary

By Adriana van Tilburg
Photos: Peter Llewellyn

There was a special bond between Beezie Madden and Judgement ISF – who passed away very recently at the age of 30. Ironically, Judgement’s profile had been scheduled ahead of his death, as one of a series of articles about stallions born in 1991, making the story even more meaningful.

Thirty years of history from his date of birth, through training and education, successfully competing and, finally, his career as a stallion. But what do we know about his bloodlines?

Judgement’s damline

Judgement’s mother Faletta is by Akteur (Amor - Jonkvrouw x Sinaeda) and was bred in the Netherlands by G. Kuipers. Akteur came from the second breeding year of the Holsteiner-bred stallion Amor, and was approved by NWP. In 1973 he was purchased by Alwin Schockemöhle and competed in showjumping under the saddles of luminaries such as Hans Horn and Gerd Wiltfang, to name just two. His performance record includes Grand Prix classes in Aachen, Hamburg, Wiesbaden, and den Bosch. He also sired Tepic La Silla (out of Zarona x Irak) who jumped at 1m60 under the saddle of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
Iron Spring Farm purchased Faletta from the Netherlands as a two-year-old. Meghan deGaray, breeding manager at Iron Spring Farm, recalls: “Her breeder was G. Kuipers of Enter, NL. They had several Lucky Boy mares, including Aletta, the mother of Faletta ster preferent. Belinda Wertman of INSPO found her for us. She also found our stallions Winston, Roemer, Preferent, Sebastiaan and Consul. Faletta had really classic bloodlines – Lucky Boy, Preferent, and Amor preferent, so we thought she would be a good cross with our stallions. She received her ster predicate here is the USA as a three-year-old and went on to earn her preferent predicate. Judgement was her first foal and we thought he was a really special horse, so we bred her back to Consul.
Mary Alice Malone, the breeder of Consul, adds: “He (Consul) was a very loving, sweet stallion. He was good with the kids and the other animals – even the cats loved to come up to him and touch noses. Faletta and Consul both had strong personalities, but Consul was more workmanlike than Faletta. His body type also seemed to compliment her in both movement and proportions.
Faletta, Star, Preferent had five offspring by Consul:
• Judgement ISF: 1991/KWPN – Crown approved stallion
• Karnival: 1992/gelding – lower level dressage horse
• Masquerade: 1994/ster gelding – jumper competed by an adult amateur up to the 1m45 level
• Nova: 1995/keur prestatie mare – #1 IBOP, KWPN-NA Top Ten and a very successful broodmare who has produced many top eventing horses and hunters
• Pandora: 1997/mare – produced three lower-level dressage horses by Contango, Preferent, and two jumpers by Quality Time and Kannan.
“I still remember Judgement ISF as a foal. He was big and handsome and quite strong. He showed his jumping talent at an early age. We had a once-in-a-lifetime journey with him.”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber