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'Rest in Peace' Lah Dee Dah, Ponderosa Stud and Heather Ip of Cooramin Stud lost this wonderful mare. She will always be remembered.

December 2011

Hazel Roberts bought LECTRIC from Ponderosa Stud as a 2 year old. Hazel has had a wonderful time breaking in her lovely gelding and educating him along the way. They have had a successful end to the year at the SADA Championships by winning Preliminary Champion and scoring 70% - Congratulations Hazel & Lectric

Victorian Dressage Championships, Werribee.
Ponderosa Stud had Ruth Schneeberger as the rider, with strappers Cheryl Hatswell, Natalie Goldsworthy and Cathy Giblin. A great social event for all of us.

At Werribee, Dancer was the first horse of the day to compete in the Preliminary class and performed brilliantly to score 76.6% to win this class and have the highest score of the Victorian Dressage Championships over the weekend. (Full Sister, ‘Royalty’ is available for purchase and can be seen on the for sale page)

Competing in the Novice and Elementary and being part of the SA team in Victoria, Lucious placed 5th in the Elementary and 6th in the Novice and 3rd in the state team.

Ruth and Freereign had 2 wonderful relaxed tests in the Victorian Advanced Championships to place 2nd in both tests and take out the Advanced Championships with 68.415% & 62.5%

Ruth and Hervey had a great weekend in Victoria to come 6th in the Inter 2, 3rd in the Grand Prix CDN and 3rd in the Grand Prix Freestyle.

Lizzie Sobecki and Lucarno competed in the Para Championships at Werribee which had International riders from the USA & NZ competing in her classes. This was another qualifying event for the London Olympics. There are 3 events, the team test where Lizzie had an error of course but placed 7th then 3rd in the Individual test with scores very close to the USA and NZ riders. The freestyle was again very close and Lizzie placed 3rd. We wish both of them good luck for the next qualifying competition for the London Olympics being held next year in 2012 and will keep you all updated as to how they perform.

Chris Kelly and Loverboy had their 1st competition at the MCDC Championships where they came runner up Prep Champions winning one test on 69.41% and 2nd with 66.19%4

November 2011

National Dressage Championships Horsley Park Sydney
Ponderosa Stud had Ruth Schneeberger as the rider, Cheryl Hatswell, Judy Clutterbuck and Natalie Goldsworthy as Strappers for this prestigious event.

Performed exceeding well in the National Elementary Championships with a 13th placing out of the top 35 horses entered from around Australia. To qualify for this event, horses needed an average of 67% from 3 Elementary tests to enter. There were 10 reserve horses waiting for a start. Scores were close and in the 3D the winning score was 66% with Lucious on 61%

At Horsley Park and the National Advanced Championships, Ruth & Freereign competed against the top 35 horses from around Australia to place 14th in both tests.

October 2011

Julie Barnes and Reynhardt have formed a great partnership and in their 1st Associate Championships at SVDC where they were runner up Prelim Champions with great scores of 76.667% and 71.765%

September 2011

The 1st Ridden Outing for Royal Dancer and her rider Ruth Schneeberger. Held at AHDC and competing in Preliminary Dressage where this super combination scored a massive 80% to win the class.
Royal Dancer also won 2011 Supreme Led Warmblood Exhibit at the Adelaide Royal Show.
The second outing was held at SVDC and competed in Preliminary Dressage for another win and a score of 75%
At the Spring Dressage Championships they performed gallantly with two thirds to their credit and Runner Up Prelim Champion
The full sister to Royal Dancer is for sale “Royalty” – photo on FOR SALE PAGE

At the Adelaide Hills Spring Dressage Championships Anne Smith and Lyrical had their second start in the Advance tests to place 4th in the 5B and 3rd in the 5C and a score of 64.079%. They also performed exceedingly well in the Medium Championships with a 3rd and a 2nd place and scores of 67.083% and 70.875%

Congratulations to Lizzie Sobecki the new owner of Lucarno ! We will watch their progress and keep you all updated.
Lizzie Sobecki competed at the Para Equestrian Championships in NSW where she won the Freestyle test with over 70% and became the ‘Para Champions’. We wish Lizzie and Lucarno the best of luck for Olympic Selection for the London Games in 2012.

June 2011
CONGRATULATIONS Ponderosa Stud Lucarno and rider Lizzie Sobecki for being selected onto the 2011 National Para-Equestrian 'A' Squad. Lizzie is pictured with her proud coach 'Ruth Schneeberger' Lizzie will compete later this year for selections into the Olympic Para Team via for a position to compete witl Lucarno in London in 2012.

Lah Dee Dah
May 2011
Lah Dee Dah was presented for the AWHA Mare Classification with well known classifier Mary Hovers who is also a FEI judge & young horse judge and Geoff Chidnall who has classified Colts from around Australia and been involved with Warmbloods and breeding Horses for many years. Lah Dee Dah scores a massive 78.8% making her a Head Stud Book mare.
Lah Dee Dah is currently in foal to Royal Hit and due in September of which the foal will be retained by the Stud. CONGRATULATIONS to Cooramin Sporthorse Stud and Heather Ip on the purchase of Lah Dee Dah, who will sent to Heather to join her band of broodmares, once the resulting foal has been weaned.

May 2011
Royalty made her debut at the AWHA Gala Day where she was an absolute delight to handle in every way, and is following in her sister's footsteps (Royal Dancer) Royalty showed superb movement and has top class conformation. She won Champion Filly and then won Supreme Champion foal. Royalty is available for purchase and can be found on the for sale page.

May 2011
Ruth Schneeberger is impressed with Royal Dancer, a 3 year old filly sired by Royal Hit out of Ponderosa Stud Head Studbook Mare, PS Lolita. Lolita is a fabulous producer of foals and was herself a Supreme Champion foal. Royal Dancer won Champion Junior Warmblood and Champion Open Led Junior. Royal Dancer is being retained by the stud. Her full sister 'Royalty' is for sale.

May 2011
The AWHA held their Gala Day and with Cheryl riding, Lucious wins Champion Senior Studbook Ridden Warmblood, Champion Performance Horse, and Champion Led Studbook.

Royal Salute
May 2011
Going from strength to strength, this fantastic 2 year old entered 1 class at the AWHA Gala Day to win the led 2 year old class and then Reserve Champion Junior Warmblood to the 3 year old, Royal Dancer.

April 2011
State Dressage Championships held at Naracoorte with competitors from Victoria and judges from around Australia.
Ruth Schneeberger & Lucious performed exceeding well taking out the Novice & Elementary Championships and wining the prestigious 'Van Leuven Family Perpetual Trophy' for the highest scoring test through out the championships of 77.857%

April 2011
State Dressage Championships held at Naracoorte with competitors from Victoria and judges from around Australia.
Lucarno performed brilliantly over the 2 days with rider Ruth Schneeberger winning the Medium Championships and although still green in his Advanced work took out the Advanced Championships as well.
Para Rider Lizzie Sobecki has joined the band of Ponderosa Stud and will be riding Lucarno in his future competitions with an agreement to purchase the talented Lucarno.
Lizzie has her sights set on representing Australia for the London Para Olympic games for 2012. We wish her all the best.

April 2011
State Dressage Championships held at Naracoorte with competitors from Victoria and judges from around Australia. Lyrical performed exceeding well with his owner/rider Anne Smith to be Reserve Champion Elementary Champions and 3rd in the Medium Championships. They hope to start their Advanced Performances soon.

February 2011
News from Stacey Ruel and Lexus from England.
The very trainable 'Lexus' is performing very well for Stacey and is showing off with his new act of bowing to the crowd.

PS Lucious & PS Luxottica
February 2011
Murray Bridge All Breeds Show.
The 'Lontano' progeny are outstanding under saddle.
Lucious winning Champion & Supreme Ridden and Luxottica taking Reserve Ridden.

December 2010
Saddleworld Victorian Dressage Championships
1st place Preliminary & 1st place Novice scoring over 70%

November 2010
National Dressage Championships
5 year old Dressage with the Stars Top 10 performer beating quality frozen semen horses
Champion of Champions Horses in Action Hack Show
Lucious won Champion Newcomer Hunter Hack.

October 2010
New owner Julie Barnes is estatic with her 2 year old who won Champion Junior Warmblood and then went on to win Supreme Led Warmblood beating well performed Senior Horses.

October 2010
Adelaide Hills Spring Dressage Championships 1st in both Medium Tests 'Medium Champions'.

December 2010
Saddleworld Victorian Dressage Championships
5th place Elementary Dressage

October 2010
Adelaide Hills Spring Dressage Championships
'Elementary Champions'
2nd Place Medium

September 2010
Royal Adelaide Show Elementary Champion

October 2010
Festival All Breeds Show Supreme Led Warmblood Exhibit & Reserve Champion Ridden Exhbit at his 1st show - rider Andrea Merry - see him on the for sale page.

ROYAL ECSTASY (Royal Hit/Salute)
May 2010
AWHA Gala Day Supreme Champion Warmblood Foal
Very leggy & a stunning mover - see for sale page.

ROYAL SALUTE (Royal Hit/Salute)
May 2010
The 2009 AWHA Supreme Champion Warmblood Foal
followed up with 2010 CHAMPION OPEN LED JUNIOR
at the AWHA Gala Day winning the yearling class and beating the 2 & 3 year old winners to be crowned CHAMPION - see for sale page.

May 2010
The owner Emily Murray is extremely pleased with her boy who
behaved impeccably at the 2010 AWHA Gala Day and won Champion Male Warmblood Foal.

LAVAZZA (Lontano x Watchtower)
2010, State Dressage Championships
Prelim 4th
2010, MSED Dressage Champs Prelim 4th.

LYRICAL (Lontano x T/B cross)
2010, SEDA Dressage Championships
Elementary 3rd.

LUXOTTICA (Lontano x Sir Herbert)
March 2010, Rising Star Show
Supreme Champion Classic Hunter, Champion Classic Hack, Champion Newcomer .

LUCARNO (Lontano x Wesew)
January 2010

LAH DEE DAH (see for sale page)
February 2010, The Main Event
Champion Led Warmblood
2nd New Comer Hack
Ridden by Alison Gray who comments that she is such an easy horse to ride.

LUXOTTICA (Lontano x Warmblood)
February 2010, The Murray Bridge Show
Andrea Merry was so delighted with her Lontano mare in her first season of showing Won Supreme Led Exhibit of the Show as voted by the 9 judges - Congratulations Andrea and Good Luck for the New Comer Hack Series

LUCARNO (Lontano x W/blood)
National Dressage Championships held at NSW Elementary 8th 67%
Victorian Dressage Championships held at Werribee Medium 8th 64%
Tough fields at both venues with 35 horses from around Australia.
Congratualtions to Ruth Schneeberger & Lucarno

PS LAVAZZA & PS LUXOTTICA (Lontano x Warmblood)
Owner/rider Kirrilly Thompson & Andrea Merry are proud of their Lontano mounts who scooped the pool at the Pegasus Hack Show. Kirrilly won Champion Rider and Reserve Champion Hack whilst Andrea won Reserve Champion Rider and Champion Show Hunter Hack, Champion Hack and Supreme Ridden Horse of the Show.

LYRICAL (Lontano x T/bred cross)
Owner/rider Anne Smith was delighted to win the Mt Crawford Dressage Series 'Novice Champion' Sire: Lontano

WINNER of the Mt Crawford Dressage Series 'Elementary Champion'.

LUCARNO (Lontano x W/blood)
2009 AWHA Dressage Horse of the Year - Congratulations to the rider 'Ruth Schneeberger' Sire: Lontano

2009 AWHA Ridden Horse of the Year
2009 AWHA Led Horse of the Year

PS Loftin (Lontano x T/Bred)
2009 AWHA Ridden Gelding of the Year - Congratulation owner and Rider, Fay Hatch of N.T. Sire: Lontano

PS Loreta (Lontano x W/Blood)
2009 AWHA Show Jumping Mare of the Year - Congratulations rider Adam Beckel owner Ponderosa Stud Sire: Lontano

October 2009 Adelaide Hills Spring Dressage Championships Elementary & Medium Champion

October 2009 Adelaide Hills Spring Dressage Championships Preliminary & Equal Novice Champion
Congratulations Anne Smith owner of 'Lyrical' by the stallion 'Lontano'

Royal Salute wins AWHA Gala Day 09 Supreme Champion Foal.

This makes 4 years in a row that Ponderosa Stud has produced AWHA Supreme Champion Foals, being "Lavazza, Lah Dee Dah, Royal Dancer & Royal Salute"


Won Elementary Dressage Adelaide Royal Show & Novice & Elementary Champion at the Van Leuven Mid South East Dressage Championships.

LUMINOUS (Lontano x Souvenir)

Breeder Sarah Hocking sold to Alison Gray
CHAMPIONS at the Mt Crawford Dressage Championship Club Day.

LOFTIN (Lontano x T/Bred)

Owner Fay Hatch of NT
Competing and Winning at Elementary Dressage as well as winning Supreme Champion Hack and 2008 AWHA Horse of the Year Ridden Warmblood.

LUCA (Lontano x T/bred)

Bred by Silvia Hausserman and sold to Robin Allen of WA
Luca is being campaigned by Judy Weber winning at Medium & Advanced Level Dressage being the Summer Series Leaderboard Champions. During a school with 'Christopher Hess' the horse 'Luca' was described as an up and comming GRAND PRIX horse who is very talented. The duo are on the WA Dressage Development Squad CONGRATULATIONS Robin, Judy & Luca

LEXUS (Lontano x W/blood)

Sold to Stacey Ruel of UK England
Stacey & Lex are doing Australia proud by winning 'The Championship Cup' Ridden Horse of the Show in England.


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Australia - China Equestrian exhibition ( Beijing, China).

Ponderosa Stud was one of 12 companies from Australia to exhibit their products and services to the some 56 horse clubs and training facilities in China. This is an exciting period for Equestrian Sports in China as they head towards the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. This showcase on the 17th and 18th of September was organised by the Austrade division in Beijing.

This Event concluded an extensive 3 week tour by Rob of the horse Clubs and businesses around Beijing. Ponderosa Stud was able to offer some 23 horses for sale from Olympic standard showjumpers, and dressage horses to yearlings.

Rob was accompanied by friend and new addition to the Ponderosa Stud Team, Robert Meng. Robert lives in Beijing and speaks fluent Mandarin and English. Robert Meng will be our number one contact and representative in China.

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