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Wonderful Sport Horses' news now moved to
http://sporthorseworld.blogspot.com. I am traveling more this year,
and won't be able to always update my website using FrontPage on my computer.
It's much easier just to get to the internet and blog! Hopefully when I am
home, I can get more organized to post more video clips too.
Posted calendar for this year. Dr. Scott
collects every other day. She is a verified shipper, so she can offer same
day service if needed, and she sees no issues with the longevity of my stallions
collections. However I want to make sure all breeders knows the exact
dates that she will collect. If you need more info,
click here to see Dr. Scott's message.
Rubino and his trainer Nicole Perry were
invited to train with USET Team Coach Mr. Klaus Balkenhol again. The same
weekend they also competed at the Burbank Grand Prix. Nicole reported that
Rubino felt tired, but they still achieved score 65% and 63%.
New Year! We had a busy but
joyous holiday break, and now it's back to training and taking care of business.
Wonderful Sport Horses is
donating to two Stallion Service Auctions:
American Hanoverian Society and
Dressage Association. Each donation includes 3 doses of frozen semen
from Montserrat. The semen dose is valued at $300 per dose, or $800 for 3
doses, allowed up to 3 foals. One live foal guarantee with fresh semen can be
optionally purchased. Thanks to all bidders for supporting these two
2006 USDF Year-end award
Weltinvader by Welt Klasse -
5th USDF All-Breed Open First Level with median score of 70.694%. Check out this
fancy guy, and his wonderful rider:
Whymsical by Wonderful - 5th
USDF All-Breed AA Training Level with median score of 67.308%; by the way
Whymsical debuted her first First level test and received 75.556%! (See more of
her great accomplishment at:
De Nina, grand daughter of
Wonderful by De Niro was the USDF Sport Horse West Coast Series Filly
Champion with a score of 82.5%
My friend Dr. Pamela Kato on
Willy Wolkenstein by Wolkenstein II - 5th USDF All-Breed AA 3rd level with
median score 62.619%
Where is Rubino in the
All-Breed award? Well, his busy owner forgot to declare his breed though his
Hanoverian paper is on file with USDF. He would've been 4th in Open Grand
Prix even with his earlier green GP rides. Well, we're sure he will be
even better in 2007. His USDF Region 7 Reserve Champion record definitely
Great News from CDS
Championship and Great American/USDF Region 7 Championship!
and Rubino Bellissimo awarded USDF Region 7 Reserve
Champion out of 17 entries at Grand Prix level with score
65.729%. We are really excited, especially Rubino just started showing at GP level 6 months ago.
They also received a
record breaking 0 (no, I didn't miss the 1 in front of the 0; they got 10's
before, but this one is the first, and hopefully the last too. ;-) at the
CDS Championship ride, but still received 65.313%, and was the 7th out of 14
entries. Rubino had a bad cough at the extended canter and Nicole
couldn't half halt him, and he galloped right past the letter for down
transition, so the movement was considered not executed, 0 point.
Video will be on line
soon. Stay tuned.
Our family took a
2-week vacation in early August, and of course we ended up spending the next two
weeks to do 4 weeks worth of work. However, some exciting news while we
Ronete Von FoxPaw (Rubino Bellissimo X
Bolero mare) bred by Foxpaw farm was Hunter Breeding Program Young Horse
Champion for the 5th time
in a very large competition.
for USDF and CDS Annual Championship at Grand Prix level with a score of
Rico by Rubino
Bellissimo was awarded premium
by German Oldenburg Verband. A professional dressage trainer, who owns
his 3-year-old brother, has made an offer to purchase him. One is just not
Click here to see pictures from the inspection.
2nd and 3rd generation descendants
at Verden Elite foal auction: Stallone, a suckling colt by Sovenir (Santorini X Argetan) out of Wonderful's SPS
daughter West Virginia was sold for an
impressive $35,000 US. Laetizia, a filly, by Lauries Crusador out of a
Wonderful's grand daughter by Grand Cru went for a very respectable $11,000
Weltinvader (Welt Klasse
X Vienna Waltz),
bred by Bev Nahman, is in the running for the top 10 in the nation at First
We have been busy
hosting Asian Game qualifier Mr. Shen to train with our trainer Nicole Perry in the US.
Immediately after our stallion Montserrat came back from breeding, he
served as Mr. Shen's school horse. Mr. Shen believes that he has
learned a lot from Nicole and Monti to become a better rider with lightness and
Great results at DG Bar
Show. Rubino Bellissimo and Nicole Perry received 66.25% and was second in a large High Performance Grand Prix class.
They debuted their Grand Prix Special in the High Performance class and
received 63.933%. Rubino continues to build up his strength and
consistency for the very highest level of dressage sport.
Welt Klasse's son
Weltinvader has invaded the South East show circuit. After two years
being just a fun horse for his owner, he finally has an official trainer to
train and show him. He is winning every class entered with high marks
and already qualified for the USDF regional championship. (Pictures coming...)
Sponsorship needed urgently for a
qualified Asian Game equestrian.
Nicole Perry presented
Rubino Bellissimo in an outstanding Grand Prix debut at Golden State Dressage.
They received a respectable 61.458% in the first ride despite many mistakes at
canter zigzag and tempi changes as Rubino was quite hot in that ride.
The second ride they won with a 63.438%, which was judged by two judges who
also judged the CDI classes. We are extremely pleased with the show,
and we are also more confident in showing against the top riders and horses.
Congratulations to Gold
Star (more info below) and his amateur owner Mr. Shen
on their qualification for the Asian Equestrian Games to be held in October.
Mr. Shen won the Prix St. George class in the final qualifying show to gain
the last spot of the Taiwanese Natinal Team. Violet and WSH are happy and proud to
have contributed to Mr. Shen's quick rise to success on a shoestring budget.
Video clip of Gold Star
(more info below) competed by the Korean rider in the
Asian Cup is on-line. Clip on "Video clips" button on the left to see
the video clip listing.
Weltwunder by Wonderful
crowned Champion at
Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the world largest show with 2100 entries
from around the world. Weltwunder, who has already earned his Legion of Honor
is half way to Legion of Supreme Honor in just two shows. He scored an
incredible score of 90.5% !!!!!! Beating every gelding,
stallion and colt all ages, all breeds, both amateur and open at the show. 229
horses showed in hand. Just some of the marks he received 9 on head & neck, 9
shoulder/saddle position, walk 9.5, trot 9.5, expression manners 9.2, Balance
& harmony 9.3. Click here to see the full report
and pictures from his owner Alexis Katz.
Klasse's first foal Wavefront is now a winning 3-day eventer, competing under
the name Cinderella Man. He was discovered by the current owner last
summer and started competing only 4 months later, and immediately won or
placed highly at novice level. He just won his first training level with
30 points (70% dressage with no jumping faults) at a Ram Tap trial.
Just came back from AHS
Annual meeting, and it was a blast. I actually didn't stay for all the
events, but I finally got to meet some folks who I've been in contact by phone
or email in the past. Everyone is warm and enthusiastic. We
learned various topics from nutrition, marketing, history between German
Hanoverian Verband and AHS, and tons of useful statistics. We were also
treated with a special session on training young horses with Debbie McDonald.
I recommend everyone who's interested in the warmblood breeding industry to
participate in the future.
I missed Dr. Giddens'
talk on the Equine ID and tracking, but did catch her afterwards and chatted a
bit. I am very disappointed to learn that our government is still all
over the place on this issue, and hasn't put anything together. With my
software engineering background, I do feel this is really sad as it is not
very hard to implement using today's computer technologies, but it looks like
there are a lot of issues with who's supposed to pay the bills and who can
have access or control of what data. I plan to continue my discussion
with her via email.
Rubino and his rider
Nicole Perry were in Walnut, just 30 miles from where AHS annual meeting was
held, so I skipped some events to watch them train with USET coach Mr. Klaus
Balkenhol, and attended a dinner party offered by the host (Brookside Stables)
and the riders to welcome and thank the Balkenhols. It was a lot of fun!
Nicole and Rubi did really well, perfecting their piaff and passage tour.
Pictures and video coming... I know I've been promising, but I sleep only 4
hours a day as is. :-(
Rubino Bellissimo and Nicole
are again invited to train with USET coach Mr. Klaus Balkenhol. It is at
the same time as the American Hanoverian Society annual convention, so I will
attend both. Hope to see some familiar faces and perhaps to finally meet the
faces of some familiar names.
Lots of new pictures, video
clips and show records sent by owners of horses by our stallions this month.
I hope to find some time soon to post them!
Gold Star (see history in
December) is helping his amateur owner earn qualifying scores for Asian Game!
Happy New Year!
Wonderful Sport Horses' stallion Montserrat arrived at our home base in Portola
Valley. His front feet were injured during the transport from Germany to
UC Davis quarantine. He has made an excellent recovery, and is now being
Gold Star is the
Double Gold Super
Asia Cup Equestrian Game! Violet Jen assisted the selection and purchase
of Gold Star in Europe for Chinese amateur
rider Mr. Shen. Gold Star was drafted to be the competition mount for
the Asia Cup competition. He helped the Japanese to win Team Gold, and a
Korean rider to win Individual Gold in Dressage (riding at Prix St. George
level). No riders in the game won two Gold medals, but Gold Star won
Double Gold! His price increased 20 times after the show. ;-)
Rubino Bellissimo's 2005
son won Champion colt at Georgia AHS inspection!
3-year-old daughter earned MPT score 7.33 with ridability score 8 under
owner rider Dr. Haralson.
offspring Rosso D'Oro and Le Rubio had a great show at NEDA Fall Festival
/Region 8 Champions / CDI Saugerties
Colts and Geldings -
Weanlings (11 entries)
Le Rubio, 2nd
Rosso D'Oro, 3rd
New England Sport
Horse Breeders' Futurity (27 entires, all ages)
Le Rubio, 4th
IBC / Trakehner (4
Le Rubio, 1st,
breeders/owners Stefanie Moses and Helen Markoglu!
Wonderful has three
grandchildren in the 31st Elite Foal Auction to be held on 8/19 - 8/21.
Don Pepe - Don
Picardi X Wonderful X Wendenburg
Dennis K - De Niro X
Wonderful X Argentan - this is probably a full brother to a very
successful breed show winning full sister in California.
Donna Dorina - Don
Vino X Wonderful X Argentan
On June 18, Winwood, 1995
gelding by Wonderful, and his owner/rider Heather Bender, were awarded 4th
overall out of 12 nationally qualified pairs for 2005 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF
National Intermediaire I Dressage Championship. Congratulations to
Wonderful news on show
results from all the Wonderful Sport Horses!
Regal Dona, 2002
filly (Rubino Bellissimo X Prince Thatch, bred by Julie Ballard-Haralson
of Haralson Farm) has been Champion Young Horse two out of two
"A" rated Hunter Breeding Shows. Her owner will guide
her to pursue a career in conformation hunter. Click
here to see a picture of Regal Dona. With Dona's outstanding
results, Rubino now is #4 Leading Hunter Sire... quite an unexpected
title for Rubino, who's actually a dressage genius mastering Grand Prix
at age 9.
Wonderful Pik (Wonderful X Pik Bube, bred by Betsy Arnold of Greenfield
Farm) won both of his First Level classes over the weekend at CDS San
Francisco Peninsula Chapter Annual show.
gelding Weltwunder (not yet 4 years old) (Wonderful X Bunny Bey, bred by
Alexis Katz) was champion again at a championship show in Scottsdale,
AZ. He won his Sporthorse class with 76.5% and the highest score
at the show. He was Top Five Training Level for the Region 7, and
in his first time out competing First Level, he received 65.28% for Test
4 under Judge Peter Lert. Quite an accomplishment for a
baby. Here are some official photos: Sporthorse
Level Test, First
Here is a beautiful
portrait of Weltwunder taken at Saguaro Classic where he
won Highpoint Dressage Champion. Here are a couple of pictures
from his very first schooling show: First
halt in a dressage ring, nice
extended walk, with
trainer Jackie Alken.
Weltwunder (Wonderful X
Arabian mare Bunny Bey) gave his wonderful performance at Scottsdale Arabian
and Half-Arabian show, which had 2100 horse entries! There were 450 rides for
the dressage classes. Wunder earned one First and two Seconds out of 15-20
horse classes and he was always the youngest horse at tender age of 3 years
and 10 months. He scored in the 70's. The judges included Hilda
Gurney, Jennifer Roth, et al. According to owner Alexis Katz, Weltwunder
is competently schooling First Level with perfectly balanced counter canter
loops. It looks we have yet another dressage genius from our
Here is an article on
Dressage at Scottsdale featuring Weltwunder and an interview with his owner
Alexis Katz and trainer Jackie Alken!
Winwood by Wonderful
and his rider Heather Bender WIN-WIN-WIN at Heidelberg Cup:
FEI Prix St. Georges,
USEF & GAIG/USDF Qual.
(H) McCartney, "I", (C) Lamping, "I", (B) Steiner,"O"
1 Heather Bender Winwood 69.250%
2 Yvonne Barteau
3 Karen Lipp Lipton 64.333%
4 Susan Jaccoma Harmony's Weissmuller 62.167%
5 Cherri Reiber Faraon 31 61.583%
6 Dr. Kristy T.-Lund Nice Catch 61.417%
Cheryl Meisner Paganini 61.000%
FEI Intermediaire 1,
USEF & GAIG/USDF Qual.
(H) Lamping, "I", (C) Steiner, "O", (B) McCartney,"I"
1 Heather Bender Winwood 72.250%
2 Yvonne Barteau
3 Karen Lipp Lipton 63.083%
4 Adam Lastowka Oleander 62.250%
5 Dr. Kristy T.-Lund Nice Catch 62.000%
FEI Intermediaire 1
Freestyle, USEF & GAIG/USDF Q.
(H) Steiner, "O", (C) Lamping, "I", (B) McCartney,"I"
1 Heather Bender Winwood 74.683%
2 Yvonne Barteau
3 Dr. Kristy T.-Lund Nice Catch 62.183%
Heather Bender for riding Winwood by Wonderful to win the $1500 FEI
Intermediaire Freestyle with a score 73.792% at
Just found out that
4-year-old mare Worlds Fair (Welt Klasse X Lunar Toots xx) was 4th in the USDF All
Breeds Award for American Hanoverian Society with a medium score of 69.167% at
Training Level. Congratulations to breeder/owner/amateur rider Anita Olson-Neuhauser.
For Sale page... new horses for sale.
A His Highness colt out of Worldlady by Wonderful may be available soon.
The trip to Bangalore,
India for my work was very interesting. I really didn't have a
lot of opportunity to tour around, but definitely got a flavor of the Indian
The week in Germany was
hectic but I loved it.
I visited my friend
in Stuttgart. We went to Gestuet Birkhof. It was beautiful up on
the hills covered in a fresh blanket of while snow. Their young stallions Rubicell, Royaldik, and Denaro were in Munich, so we didn't see them, but had the opportunity to
meet a couple of other young stallions. One by Krack
C is a really refined and cute with the sweetest temperament. Also it
was great to meet Heraldik xx, and seeing him really reminded us again why we
love TB bloods. He exuberated nobility with beautiful, athletic and dry conformation even at age 23.
Then my friend and I traveled north together
by train. Another friend came from Braunsweig
to meet us in Westerkappeln, where my stallion Montserrat is in training at
We had a wonderful gathering. I enjoyed riding Monti a lot too. He is
always energetic and forward with super rhythm and activity, yet completely
smooth to sit. Perfect for an old lady like me. Unfortunately on my third day of visit, my German trainer Joerg got hurt with a fracture to his shoulder after a mare he
was riding lost her footing, tumbled and rolled over him. Luckily he didn't have
anything worse, and the doctor allowed him to ride again in 3 weeks.
Ramsbrock's stud farm in search of a young stallion for my friend. All but
two stallions were sold. They graciously showed us the two; they were pretty
nice, the 3-year-old was quite handsome; it was only the 3rd time
he was ridden, and the rider did a super job. I hope we can make a few
clones of this rider to bring back. ;-)
Mr. Klaus Balkenhol
was quite impressed by Rubino and Nicole at the clinic; as soon as he
returned home on Feb. 3rd, he invited my friend and me over to his farm.
What a beautiful place. Very well laid out and extremely clean.
Everybody was diligently picking up manure as soon as it dropped and picking
out the hooves at the riding ring immediately after riding; Mr. and Mrs. Balkenhol included.
Klaus and his wife are so nice that despite being tired from the jet lag,
they took us to north of Hamburg to see some horses. One 3-year-old
mare was a WOW-WOW-WOW, and WOW. Right there, I predicted (but anyone
could too :-) that she would be a Bundeschampionat and FEI Young horse championship
candidate. Guess where she is now... Klaus' barn.
The night before I
left, I went with Joerg's inlaws to the Gestuet Holkenbrink's stallion show.
This is a private stallion show, yet the production is as big as any
official verband auction. It felt like a couple of thousand people showed up;
it was crowded with most people could only have standing room.
No wonder they can make millions with horse breeding. My horse friends here
in the US watched the video of the show and asked me what we aren't doing right?
Well, we don't have that many sport horse breeders as a start, but we are
very hopeful the population will grow. It was great to see Show Star
again after seeing him at the 2003 World Young Dressage Horse Championship.
He looked so beautiful with great elevation and rhythm in his trot, but during
extension he was a bit wide behind. Overall he just looked very fun to
ride. They also presented the Oldenburg licensing champion and another
young stallion, Come On, with dual talents like their senior stallion Rockwell.
With that lineup, another grand breeding season is in the making.
My stallion Rubino
Bellissimo and his trainer Nicole Perry were invited to participate in a 3-day
clinic with Klaus Balkenhol, Geman Olympic Team Gold and Individual Silver
medallist and the US Dressage Team coach.
Klaus really likes them. I can't go
because I am the slave of the team, so have to work to support them, but Rubi's "God Mom" called me a few times and was jumping up and down with joy
and excitement about all the compliments Klaus gave.
Klaus is definitely a horseman with a lot of respect to breeding and breeders
because the very first phone call that came back was because Klaus wanted to
get Rubi's breeder's information along with his full bloodlines.
We got a couple of low-res pictures taken and sent from the cell phone with
Klaus riding Rubi and talking to Nicole -
Update: New hi-res
pictures are here: Click
here to take a look. Enjoy.
3-year-old gelding by Wonderful out of Arabian mare Bunney Bey,
bred and owned by Alexis Katz, attended his very first USDF rated show, and
came home with lots of trophies and ribbons! The judge was Hilda
Saddle: Second out of 13 horses (This is like material
class with multiple horses in the ring at the same time.)
Saddle Championship: Reserve Champion out of 11 horses.
Hilda rated him with best gaits, but penalized him for not
starting canter when she requested the movement; however, he was boxed in by 3
horses, so his rider actually deliberately asked him to wait until it
was clear and safe.
2- and 3-year-old
Sporthorse In Hand: First
In Hand Championship
for Geldings and Stallions of all ages: Champion out of 15 horses,
scored 75.5 (4.5 points over Res. Champion)
Training Level Test:
Second out of 5 horses, 65.5%
Training Level Test 4:
First out of 5 horses, 68.07%
Dressage Horse Open
Judges comments for
the in hand classes include: Nice uphill, correctly made, well
mannered and turned out, talented horse.
This is the first
time for Weltwunder to compete in a real arena, and he did the dressage
tests in horrid rain and muddy ground. What an accomplishment for
a 3-year-old, and only 6 months under saddle. Congratulations to breeder and owner Alexis Katz,
and trainer/rider Jackie Alkin.
Fall 2004 issue of
American Hanoverian Society magazine features two Hanoverians at USEF
Intermediaire Championships: Winwood (by Wonderful)
ridden by Heather Bender, and Rubino
Bellissimo ridden by by Nicole Perry. Wonderful Sport Horses is
very proud to own Rubino as well as Winwood's sire Wonderful!
Congratulations to the talented riders Heather and Nicole.
new video clip on line. (This one is pretty big, 6.3 meg, so only
recommended to those who have fast download. If you wish to get a
video of all 3 Wonderful Sport Horses' stallions, please click
here to order it.
Praise the Lord for
His many blessings! Rubino Bellissimo and
Nicole Perry continued their great success at the Annual
Championship show since 2001!
Society Horse of the Year Intermediaire Freestyle Champion - 74.438%
Intermediaire Freestyle Champion - 72.813%
Nicole also rode Rubino Bellissimo's
barnmate and trailer buddy, Contester, owned by Adara
Partners, to CDS HOY
Second Level Champion and Great American/USDF Second Level Champion!
Congratulations to Adara Partners.
See complete show results: http://www.glenroys.com/CornerStoneDressage/results/CDS2004/show-results.html
Many thanks to Nicole for
her great job, and to Contester's co-owner Dara for being Rubino's surrogate
mom since I couldn't make the trip.
Redhawk Ranch's Rosebud
in the news: http://www.oldenburghorse.com/news.html
Mark Muntean Photo
"Sandy" from Grease is riding Rubino... Here is an
image of them at Dressage in the Wine Country.
Muntean tooks some incredible pictures of Nicole Perry and Rubino Bellissimo
at the Stanford Red Barn Festival.
Here are twelve
shots on page
8, two on page
9, one on page
16 (my favorite), and six on page
17. (Click on the thumb nail to see a larger image.
will open until September 30. Let me know which ones you
like... I plan to buy some potentially for future advertisements.
other great photos: trick riders, FEI rides, all breeds,
carriage driving, etc. Jan Ebeling was giving a clinic in
the neighborhood, and he generously gave an I-1 level
demonstration ride on a nice Westphalian gelding though the horse
has not yet competed at FEI, and Jan only rode him for 10 minutes
with the music he heard only once before. Talking about a
great catch rider. (BTW, the 11-year-old gelding is for sale
at $60,000, a steal for an ambitious young rider or amateur.
Call Dara at (650)996-5953 for more information.)
will come to Portola Valley Training Center routinely for
clinics. Please call Dara (650)996-5953 to book your lessons
events/exhibitions, two weekends in a row for Rubino and Nicole.
First, the Stanford Red Barn Festival, and then the Dressage in
the Wine Country. Both had great turnouts of huge crowds.
The musical freestyle Nicole performed was based on Grease. At DWC,
Nicole even dressed up and put on a blonde wig to be Sandy, and the crowd
just loved the show. There were many other great performances from all
breed parades, pas de deux, quadrilles, cowboy mustang dressage, reining,
and many other fun and exciting musical rides. Video footage coming
The next day, Nicole and
Rubino nailed the last score needed for the USDF and CDS Championship for
I-1 Freestyle. The CD actually was broken somehow after playing for
about 90 seconds properly. It was truly a team effort to get the test
going. Thanks to the volunteer at the show to allow us to use the
sound system in her Mercedes to broadcast the music because that CD player
can play at least part of the CD. It was the best artistic
interpretation of the same 30 seconds repeating 6 times. :-) Our
"music director", Dara, finally told the volunteer to act as a
disc jockey and nudged the music forward, so we didn't have the same 30
seconds repeated for the 7th times. They also stopped the music
exactly when the salute was completed with perfect timing and beat!
Nicole was a really good sport, and just went on with the program in spite
of the CD trouble and produced a great ride. What was I doing? I
was just doing my share of breath holding. :-) Whew...
Rubino Bellissimo have been approved for Oldenburg Verband stallion
book I. Rubino's buddy, Adara Partners' Contester, is also
on-line now... Click here to watch video.
Redhawk Ranch for receiving premium award for their black filly,
Rusebud by Rubino Bellissimo out of Dutch mare Glestrina.
to order a video
Well, kind of like the
Elvis news... it was last year's news, but I just found out. Saw this at
the new ISR/Oldenburg NA website:
WILLIAM: 2000 born colt, by Wonderful out
of Faberge, owner/breeder : Dr. Judy Clappison, Langley, Canada
2003: Canadian Sport Horse Breeders Classic, 1st of the 3 year old Open
Futurity Under Saddle, Hunter-Type Sport Horse Division, 3 year olds, Senior
Champion, Grand Champion, Dressage-Type Sport Horse Division 3 years olds,
Senior Champion and Grand Champion and 3rd place Lieutenant-Governer's Cup
Welt Klasse's son
Woodstock Magic (Woody) (out of TB mare Rodan's Princess) continues to excel
in Jumping field. Now competing successfully at 1.15 meter courses and
getting clear rounds. See more info at:
breeder/owner Pamela Duffy.
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Golden Oak Dressage
party will be from 3 PM to 5PM, Saturday June 26 at Barn 9 in Portola
Valley Training Center (corner of Alpine Road and Highway 280 at the
Menlo Park/Portola Valley border.) Champagne, wine, and snacks will be
served. Hope you can join us!
More pictures in the
album: Wonderdonner, the 3-year-old full brother of Wunderdonner (see
below), is now 6 weeks under saddle. Click
here to see pictures of him ridden by his owner, Jill T.
Rubino is going to be a
grandpa at age 8. :-) His first son Rubaron's foal is coming
soon. Also new pictures of Rubaron
Walkure by Wonderful is
available for sale... Buy her at a bargain price before the training
starts. Click here to look at a short video
clip of her impressive trot mechanics. Super jumping form
too. Take a look at her ad.
Check out Terri
Miller's beautiful pictures taken at the Olympic trial & USEF I-1
Nicole Perry and
Rubino Bellissimo are awarded #3 for the USEF I-1 Championship!
While I was visiting China, Nicole and Rubino did a fantastic job at the USEF I-1
Championship in San Juan Capistrano. They were 3rd in the Prix St.
George with 67.2%, and 2nd in Intermediaire-1 with 70.1%.
Rubino didn't do as well as usual for the Freestyle because the music
was really loud in the ring, and when they entered, the crowd was quite
wild after Leslie's superb presentation, so he got too excited and
tense; Nicole said that at the extended canter, he gave a big buck that
made the audience gasp.
Nicole reported that judge Axel Steiner gave commentary for the rides,
and he stated that in another year, Nicole and Rubino will be unbeatable!
How exciting to hear that to confirm this pair's talents and training.
got spooked in his PSG ride with Heather Bender, and
totally lost focus, resulting in a disappointing score. However, in I-1 they gave a strong come-back
performance and was 6th just 0.45% behind Steffen Peters, and recovered
even further and became 4th in the Musical Freestyle with an outstanding score of
71.825%. Congratulates to Heather and Winwood for an excellent effort.
to see the full results of the San Juan Capistrano show.
The Grand Prix rides for the USET selection trials were reported to be
truly amazing. It looks like we will have a great team for the
Olympics in Athens.
It's too bad that I
missed the show, but we'll have a party to celebrate and watch all the
video! Please join us at Golden Oak Farm in Portola Valley
Training Center. More details to come...
2004 USEF I-1 Championship
final rankings are
Nicole Perry and
Rubino Bellissimo are ranked 3rd with score 68.396%
Heather Bender and
Winwood, by Wonderful, are ranked 4th wit score 68.114%
We are so proud of
Pictures from owners of
Wonderful's offspring. Wonderful's US babies are of riding age now...
3-year-old Arab cross 60 days under saddle and with owner riding him for
he 2nd time. W-T-C and collection! Amazing for such a young horse.
4-year-old, also a few months under saddle. Ridden by
owner/rider. This boy is muscled like a stallion but looks round
and very soft.
Nicole and Rubino are
now 4th in the USET Intermediaire-I Championship
rankings! This is without the drop scores, so the % points will be
higher, but we expect everybody else's will too. Wonderful's son Winwood
and his owner/rider Heather Bender are at the 9th place.
Nicole has moved back
to San Francisco Bay Area as of today. Hooray! Please note the
Semen Request Form contact
information changes. Her cell phone number remains the same, so please
use that as the primary contact.
Wonderful will finally
open his breeding season on June 16! He has recovered beautifully, and
appears to be in perfect shape. No change to his semen request form or
procedure. Thank you all very much for your get-well wishes and patience.
Violet will be on
vacation from June 10 to June 21, and cannot guarantee that your email will be
replied promptly until after 6/21. For all breeding requests, please
follow the instruction in the perspective semen request forms for Wonderful
Another great show for
Nicole and Rubino Bellissimo! At Flintridge, they were awarded two
2nds and a First!
USET Prix St. George: 69%, 2nd out of 14 entries
Freestyle: 71.042%, 2nd out of 10 entries
USET Intermediaire-I: 69.75%, 1st out of 12 entries
for a full list of results
Nicole and Adara Partners
Contester were also awarded the Champion of FEI 6 Year Old West Coast Finals
with a score of 7.62, and qualified to represent the US for the World
Equestrian Breeding Championship. Congratulations to Adara Partners!
More exciting news!
Nicole, Contester and Rubino Bellissimo are all moving back to San Francisco
Bay Area to be closer to home! We will conduct our breeding and
Nicole's training operations as Golden Oak Farm and Golden Oak
Dressage! Stay tuned...
Nicole and Rubino are
just getting better and better! They won their I-1 classes with
highpoints of 71% on Thursday and 75% on Saturday! On Friday, they
debuted their new I-1 Musical Freestyle, and received a score of 76% from FEI
judge J. Brown! We are just thrilled through and through (try saying that 3
times in a row.) Nicole and Rubino always show very correct and
flowing movements, and make everything looks awesome, yet smooth and simple.
They repeated their Freestyle performance for the Friday Evening Gala, and
just for fun, Nicole spontaneously added even more daring flares, and Rubino
was totally on and responded every request. They really wowed the
Click here to see the official show results. We won a
couple of breedings, would like to take on partners to use the breedings.
Email us if you're interested.
Just found the updated
info about Heather Bender in Who's Who at dressagedaily.com -- http://www.horsesdaily.com/whoswho/bender_heather/index.html.
Hey, she and I share the same birthday...(only several years earlier for me
article reminds me of my wild days of standing on the horseback trotting and
galloping, but with no special equipment, but a saddle pad, made of the
green military felt blanket, and not even tied to the horse most of the
times. Don't think I'll do it again, especially with my old bones, but it was certainly fun for a
horse crazy teenage girl. Heather is one amazingly athletic and
dedicated horse lover. I am certainly glad that Winwood is with her,
and I wish them the very best!
Hooray! Nicole and Rubino
did it again at Del Mar National Horse Show! Out of a field of 28
entries, they were awarded 4th for the CDI intermediaire-I class with a
score of 68.333%, even higher than yesterday's 66.5% for the Prix St.
George, and again only behind the national members for the US and Canadian
teams. Both Rubino, who just turned 8, and, Nicole only few years out of the
YR program, are the youngest among the top competitors also. Results:
I couldn't go to the
show, but thanks to Del Mar's hi-tech webcam, I was able to watch their ride
at home via internet. At one point I did have to fight for the camera
control, but still it was great to be able to watch them real-time from
Nicole also competed
Contester, Rubino's barn mate and trailer ride buddy, at second level, and
received 2nd place with a great score of 66.486%. Congrats!
Great start at Del Mar
CDI - Rubino and Nicole was 4th out of 30 competitors in the CDI Prix St. George
class. They are only behind two USET members and one Canadian team
member! Results at:
Watch Del Mar Show via webcam
Nicole Perry and Rubino
Bellissimo made their CDI debut at the Rancho Murieta CDI, and received
excellent results, 4th at Prix St. George, and 2nd at Intermediaire-I,
giving them the 8th place in the national standing for USET I-1
Nicole Perry also
competed Adara Partner's Devon Stallion Champion, Contester, at Second Level
and WON all three classes!
Wonderful's son Winwood
and rider/owner Heather Bender ranked the 7th place in the USET I-1 Championship
Worlds Fair, a 4-year-old
daughter of Welt Klasse, and her amateur owner Anita Olson made their debut at
Rancho Murieta. They received 3 firsts and 1 second at Training with
high 60's - 70% scores!
30 -- Great
weekend for Wonderful Sport Horses!
Rubino Bellissimo was
selected by Lisa Wilcox for her to ride at the Lisa Wilcox Symposium on 4/2 - 4/4. Lisa and Rubino got along immediately. She didn't
even want Nicole to warm him up, and was the only person riding him for the 3
days at the Symposium. She just hopped on and warmed him up herself in
front of the audience. Lisa taught lessons to the auditors on the
importance of rider's seat while riding Rubi. It was amazing how she
could talk and ride at the same time, and at times riding with only one hand
with the other gesturing the key points that she was teaching. Lisa rode
him beautifully demonstrating from the basic foundation all the way to piaff and passage in a snaffle and
with no whip.
She gave a lot of compliments on how lovely, intelligent, and fun Rubino was
to ride and how nicely Nicole schooled him; she pointed out usually it was
hard for a horse to take a catch rider right away. Well, Rubino has good
training in that department :-) as I ride him, my au pair used to ride him a lot
before she went back to Germany, and even my horsey
friends from abroad were invited to ride him. He is just such a cool
horse that I can't help but let my friends have a feel of him. (I can't wait for the
It is also really
exciting that I met a few breeders and owners of my stallions' offspring at
Beverly owns a son by
Welt Klasse, Welt Invader. He is turning 6, and was previously trained
and shown by George Williams assistant. According to Beverly, George
considers his gaits international quality. However, she just
moved to Jacksonville, FL, and doesn't have anyone to work with. She thought
about selling him to a show home to fully develop his potential, but George
asked her to reconsider as not every amateur could get an opportunity
to have a horse with this caliber of gaits yet kind enough to take an amateur
rider. She is still hoping to have a way to fully develop
his potential. Her friend Mary bred her mare to Rubino in early March
and we look forward to a nice athletic foal next year.
I also met the owner
of a Wonderful's son, called Casanova. She is from Oregon, but I
forgot to write down her name. The gelding is turning 8 this year, and
she is competing him at 4th level. She said she started riding
dressage 4 years ago, and bought the horse from a hunter/jumper
importer/broker. Her trainer is not well known and she has been the
only student. Again, poor me, I can't remember his name, but he used
to be at the Del Mar area. she said the trainer test rode Casanova, and
told her to buy him no matter what the asking price was. She
showed me a couple of pictures. A handsome and elegant gelding with
much resemblance to Wonderful, but a little bit less white. I look
forward to hearing their successes in the show ring this year.
Wonderful's 1995 son
Winwood and his trainer/rider Heather Bender had a great weekend at Dressage
at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL, April 2-4, 2004.
Prix St. George -
USET Qualifying: First, 69.917%
USET QUalifying: First, 71.833%
Freestyle - USET Qualifying: Second, 71.667%
Wonderful is doing
great. His external incision is completely healed, but of course it is
the internal that matters. It looks like he is recovering very well so
far. He is basically enjoying his leisure life for now and looks very
happy and content. Of course, we still need to watch him closely and
New listings of horses
available for purchase! Also, mare lease and custom foals available.
Click on "For sale" button.
semen looks really good, and will be imported to the US in March. We
will build a webpage for him very soon.
Lisa Wilcox has
selected Rubino Bellissimo for her FEI demonstration ride at the
Wilcox Dressage Symposium hosted by CDS San Francisco Peninsula Chapter.
Please come visit and audit this rare educational opportunity for all the
schedule is available - click here to see it.
Many of you may have
heard the bad news that Wonderful colicked on Feb. 22 and eventually had to
undergo surgery on Feb. 23 night. "A freak case with no known causes"
were the words from the vets at UC Davis Vet Medicine Teaching Hospital.
Somehow the colon was trapped between the extraneous space between spleen and
kidney. The attending vet tried using a drug to shrink the spleen and
trotting him around in hope of jarring the colon free, unfortunately without
success, so surgery became necessary. Many thanks to the vets' fast
action, Wonderful's GI tract was not compromised. All they had to do was
to free the colon. Wonderful did really well and was kicked out of the
hospital only 3 days after the operation. He looks good now (actually
better with all the fasting because he was a bit over weight) if you don't
bend down to see the big incision closed by dozens of staples. However,
he needs to stay confined in his stall for a long time, and that itself may
negatively impact the general GI health, so we still have to be very careful.
The road to full recovery is still long ahead. Thanks for all your kind
thoughts, prayers, and the powerful (curb chain) jingles. Please keep
Wonderful Sport Horses'
Montserrat (Metternich X Abajo) frozen semen donated to Midwest Breeders
Auction): 3 doses permitted for 3 foals and LFG backed by Wonderful or Rubino.
Here is my journal for Anky/Tineke
symposium. Hope you enjoy it. Just remember English is not
my mother tongue, so be kind. :-)
Wonderful Sport Horses in
Hanoverian, Winter 2003-2004
7 CDS Annual Championships: Beautiful picture of Nicole and Rubino
at their PSG Champion victory gallop.
International Horse Park Inspection - Champion colt by Wonderful out
of Main Studbook Holsteiner mare Kyrie by Flemming, owned and bred
by Cherie Tatro. Congratulations to Cherie.
Hanoverian, Fall editon (I missed it, but this was reported by the
by Rubino Bellissimo - second in the call back only behind a Diamond
Hit filly. Congratulations to breeder Donna Young.
CDS Dressage Letters
- Feb 2004 - Picture and bio of Nicole and Rubino for Anky / Tineke
USDF Connection - USDF Bulletins - Picture - Region 7 Championship PSG open Champions
Rubino Bellissimo and Nicole Perry. Wundrous, 6th Region 1 3rd
and Nicole Perry on TV --
Nicole and Rubino
were interviewed by Horse TV at Anky van Grunsven/Tineke Bartels
Symposium. No idea when it will be aired.
Heather Bender for her great results of riding Winwood at the Palm Beach
Dressage Derby: 2nd (68.25%)at Prix St. George Open GAIG BLM qualifying
class and 3rd (67.25%) at Intermediare-I Open GAIG BLM Qualifying class.