Riders, Handlers & Grooms of Ponderosa

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Born 4/9/65 in Langenthal, Switzerland, Ruth did an apprenticeship at the tender age of 18 years as a Bereiter (qualification in breaking-in and training horses) then at 25 years of age she qualified as a “Riding Instructor” in Switzerland which is equivalent to the ESA Level 111 status.

Ruth arrived in Australia in 1995 and became a citizen in 2002 being self employed in teaching, training and competing horses and granted Level 11 ESA General and Dressage Riding Instructor in Australia.

The horses Ruth has trained & competed in Australia to FEI Level Dressage are King of Hearts, Superstar, Flowervale Impulse, Hervey Bay, Flowervale Freereign.& Ponderosa Stud Lucious.

Noteably, Ruth has won the South Australian ESA "Rider of the Year" in Dressage a staggering 12 times since 1999

The horses she has ridden who have also won ESA Dressage "Horse of the Year" are Sleepless Nights, King Of Hearts, Superstar, Fowervale Impulse, Harvey Bay, Flowervale Freereign, Ponderosa Stud Lucarno & with Ponderosa Stud Royal Dancer setting a record for winning Dressage Horse of the Year a staggering 3 years in a row.

Ruth is currently campaining Cooramin Rialto Hit. a Bay warmblood gelding who has started his carrer with the 4 year old Young horse classes in 2015. The imported mare, Franziska is competing at Novice/Elementary level. Ponderosa Stud Royal Dancer is competing at Medium/Advanced level Dressage with her sights set on FEI by the end of 2015. Both Franziska & Ponderosa Stud Royal Dancer are on the National Future Dressage Squad..

Ruth will be schooling & competing on the Ponderosa Stud horses at Dressage with the Stars and other events.


Born in 1979. Started riding in her twenties, buying a ex-rachorse for trail riding, which led her interests into Pony Club and Riding Club. Alsion found the Warmblood horses to be everything she desired and bought 'Luminous' who is by Lontano from Sarah Hocking. THis pair have won many Associate Dressage competitions to Novice Dressage. In 2013 Alison and Luminous won AWHA Encourage Dressage Horse of the Year.

Alison is a keen member of the Ponderosa Stud team and a great freind of Rob and Cheryl Hatswell, who enjoy her company and that of her partner Vince.



Started riding later in life and joined Enfield Heights Pony Club where she piloted, an Anglo-Arab known as ‘Macauley’ to become three times winner metropolitan Horse of the Year and twice Winner State Pony Club Horse of the Year. Eventing being a passion, ‘Macauley’ competed three times at Naracoorte Junior 3 Day Event (Intermediate Level) as well as winning in Dressage & Hacking. In her senior days, Cheryl bought a thoroughbred, not long off of the track to compete three times in the prestigious Gawler Three Day event, and become a member of the State Dressage Squad. Cheryl has gone on to become qualified as EFA Level 1 instructor (non-practicing), qualified and registered Artificial Insemination Technician through Melbourne University and the Department of South Australia & has completed her training as AWHA Mare Classifier as well as a Bowen & Emtech Practitioner.

Cheryl riding Ponderosa Stud Lucious has made the ESA Development Squad for 2015 competing at Advanced & PSG with their sights set for Inter 1 at the end of the year.

Cheryl Hatswell riding Fort Belvedere at Gawler

Cheryl riding Macauley at Naracoorte


Rob’s philosophy was, if you can’t beat them, you had better join them, so Rob learnt to handle and ride horses when he met and latter married Cheryl. Rob went onto compete on ‘Macauley’ and placed in Level 2 Eventing. Rob has also completed the Artificial Insemination Course at Melbourne University and has become obsessed with the feeding requirements of the Equine Athlete and Breeding Horse. To satisfy his passion, Rob has become a manufacturer of a wide variety of Horse Pellets for the pleasure pony to the FEI level horse through to Breeding Stock. Pellets are really the best way to make sure the horse gets all the nutrients required to ensure peak performance.
A boutique Pellet Manufacturer, Rob is able to produce the best feed for the South Australian horse lacking in the vitamins and minerals in the area, as well as custom formulations required by some studs and race horses.
Please feel free to contact Rob for more information at rob@ponderosastud.com

Rob Hatswell on Macauley

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