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Recent | 2002 | 2001 |
Rubino Bellissimo was Reserve Champion
at open 3rd level dressage for both CDS and USDF/ABIC Championships. 3
stallions: Rubino Bellissimo, Winterprinz, Pik's Pride, and a gelding Der
Navigator were trading places up and down in pretty large classes (26
entries for CDS and 20 for USDF). Rubino didn't fare too well in the first
CDS ride, and ended up 5th, but won with a big comeback in the second ride
with 70+% average from two judges, and ended up CDS Reserve Champion behind
Der Navigator by only 0.2%. Winterprinz was third. For the USDF/ABIC,
which was determined by only one ride, Rubino was distracted by the horses
being loaded to leave the showground and was very chatty; however, he again
was the Reserve Champion, and Winterprinz became Champion this time, and
Pik's Pride third. We are really pleased with Rubino and our trainer
Nicole's super results, and how much Rubino has accomplished at the young
age of 6. He'll take a well deserved break, and we'll have some fun on
trails, and then start refining his 3's, 4's and the piaffe & passage
that Nicole has started just for fun since Spring.|
|Rubino's trainer Nicole Perry also did
super with Four Winds Farm's horses: Maurice was Reserve Champion I-1
Musical Freestyle, and Legend (Leutenspieler) was Reserve Champion 4th Level
Musical Freestyle! Great going, Nicole, and Thank you!|
Betsy Moorhouse of Greenfields
Farm for Wundersohn's
|Wundersohn and his amateur handler Dawn
won the 2002 Colt Class at the New England Dressage Association Breed Show with a score of 77.7. They went
on to the Colt and Gelding Championship, but the older horses were rearing
and bucking; both Wunder and his Mom got nervous, so they didn't do as
well. However, great showing for a young colt and his amateur handler.|
Pamela Hammer for Rubaron von Foxpaw's super show results!
|In Georgia, Rubino Bellissimo's first born Rubaron won his Yearling Colt class with a score 76.7, and placed 3rd in the
Colt and Gelding Championship, which qualified him for the Consequin/USDF
BCS Final Show. He then took second place with a score of 77.1 in the
Hanoverian and Half Hanoverian class. The judge for the final show was
Hilda Gurney and Dietrich Felgendredher. Rubaron received a 78% from
Hilda and a 76.3% from Dietrich, which gave him an average of 77.15, and the
Reserve Championship! Rubaron's owner Pamela reported that they
received a beautiful red, white and gold neck sash that says USDF BREEDERS
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, 2002 RESERVE CHAMPION.|
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|Wundersohn was top foal at his
inspection in Rhode Island. The inspectors also considered him a
stallion prospect. Here are the comments made by the inspector as
recorded by the breeder: (Click
here to see his pictures)
|"Very impressive colt.
He just really thinks he needs to deserve to stay entire. He is big and
impressive and has a beautiful front end. He just looks to me like
a leader of a herd. Conformationally very correct -- just very
elastic. I think he has more trot in him than we saw... very
elastic. He backed off a little and wasn't brave enough to
When he was brought back in for the champion presentation, she said --
"He has so much presence and he is a beautiful mover. He is very
very elastic, very harmonious, very masculine. It's like what's not to
like--He is a really nice horse."
|We didn't know that the 3rd level test 3 at DG Bar
Show was not counted as a qualifier for USDF/ABIC because it was a stakes class, but
fortunately I reviewed the report sent by USDF on Friday (8/30), and Nicole
rushed to a show in Walnut Creek the next day and got a qualifying
score. Whew! He won the class and was the high score of the show,
and we later learned that he competed with at least one if not two broken shoes (we noticed a crack on Saturday, and we found both shoes were broken in
half right through the middle the next day; fortunately his feet didn't appear to
be injured.) Rubi now is qualified for the USDF/ABIC 3rd level
and CDS 3rd level. We plan to compete at the Championships in
|Just heard a couple of Wonderful's
German sons got imported to the states. Both are 6 years old.
One was sold to a lady amateur owner/rider to learn and compete
dressage. The horse is called Waikiddu (Vakky), he competed and won or
placed many classes up to L level with a 16-year-old girl in Germany. I exchanged
some email with Vakky's new owner, and she declared that a
"wonderful" dream can come true. The other is for sale, and
a well-known breeder (who owned a very nice Rhodiamont stallion son.
drool...:-) was looking for a FEI horse for herself, and found
him. She was amazed by his overachiever personality and how he offered
everything voluntarily. She called and emailed me to see if I know
anything about him. Unfortunately, she has more information than I do
since this horse was bred in Germany when Wonderful was still owned by the
State Stud. I hope to get some pictures or video clips
of these horses.|
|Rubino's daughter Rosinante (Ruby)
qualified for the finals of the Cosequin/USDF Breeders' Championship Series
for the NW Region! She won her yearling class at a USDF sporthorse show in
Idaho, but honestly she was the only filly in the class. :-) However, she
had the highest score for fillies 3 years or younger, so she was the Filly
Champion. Here is a
funny story told by Ruby's breeder, Katrina of Reckless Heart Ranch, about the eventful
trip for their first show:
the way home I had truck problems and we had to spent the night unexpectedly "on the road". The local auction yard was kind enough to offer to keep
in one of their pens. They were safe, she's had all her shots and I was in a pickle, so I said ok. It was really funny when I lead this classy,
braided-up "fancy horse" off the trailer and put her in a pen between
donkey and about 15 cows. Two pens down was a llama! I tell you, when that
donkey started to bray I thought Ruby's eyes were going to pop out of her
head!! She looked like a cartoon character with her eyeballs on springs! But
she held her ground, and the next morning when I came to pick her up she
was totally at home with everybody. She even whinnied good-bye to the
donkey! You can't buy experiences like that for a horse. And the funniest
part was that I had 3 people approach me the next day and ask if she was
going to be in the auction that day -- they were just drooling over her. So
at least she impressed somebody!|
|Check out the "For Sale" section.
A new Wonderful X Donnerhall/Pik Bube foal for sale. |
|A lot of new pictures on-line! Go to my ClubPhoto site and check them out! Don't miss the letter from Wonderful's Canadian son William. It's in the
Wonderful's Canadian son album. I'm sure you will enjoy it. |
|Rubi didn't go to the Pebble Beach show as planned because the other
riders/horses that planned to go all backed out, so our trainer decided not
to take just Rubi as it would be unnecessarily costly. Rubi has got all his
qualifying scores, so he really doesn't need to show more. He is schooling
3-tempis and 4-tempis at home already. |
|I finally will take a summer vacation before summer ends. I'll
be out of town from August 5 to 14. I'm not sure whether my cell
phone will work or not, but hopefully I can check email a few times during
this period. |
|DG Bar Show News: Rubino won all classes he entered.
Unfortunately he didn't get to ride at the US 6-year-old FEI
young horse Championship due to my ignorance
of paperwork. :-( The Championship required a horse passport, I
provided his passport that came with him when he was imported, but
the USA-Eq official demanded all markings certified at the office,
and it was a Saturday, so my trainer/rider couldn't get it done.
My trainer said 4 or 5 horses didn't get the chance to ride because
of paperwork. I wasn't there, but she told me the other horses' owners
were pretty upset about this because the requirements were not clear.
They felt the official should be more lenient because it was not like
you could try 6-y-o again next year. I'm definitely disappointed in
myself for messing this up, especially because he did so well at
the Del Mar Show with a 7.8, and we finally got some tips from the
judges about what they look for
in this type of test. Oh, well, c'est la vie. I'm just
glad that I wasn't at DG Bar to suffer through the agony. Other than that,
Rubi did win all the 3rd level classes he entered and won some prize
money, so we are all very pleased. |
|New video clips: I put two clips of Rubi at the Golden State Dressage
Festival show. Click on "Video clips" button on the left to see the available
clips. My video editing machine got a computer virus attack. Hopefully I'll
have it cleaned soon, so I can add more clips. |
|We moved! My email, fax, and cell phone information stay the same. My
new address is: 2301 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Too bad it's not a
farm still, but it's closer to the farm where Rubino is. |
|Rubino's show results are updated. Click here to take a look. Stay tuned for video clips.
|Rubino was very successful with his debut in showing 3rd level tests and
6-year-old FEI at Rancho Murieta. It was a big 3-star CDI show in the
Northern California. He got 3 firsts and 1 second. I'm waiting
to collect all score sheets before posting all the details. Will also
include some new video clips.|
|Rubino has done it again!!! He was at Del Mar last week, and again
tremendous results in the strong field of Southern California horses and
riders. The following is a report from the excited owner of Four
Winds Farms. She owns Maurice, another horse our young
trainer/rider Nicole showed at Del Mar. Also, big congratulations to Nicole for being awarded "Rider of the Show"!
just wanted to let you know that ruby,
maurice and nicole did GREAT at del mar. they held up well (actually
more than well) to the southern horses. ruby, as usual, won all his
classes, and maurice placed second or third every day in his prix. st.
georges and i-1 classes amidst tough competition. he even got to do a
"runaway" honor round ;)
the great achievements were reflected in nicole
being awarded "rider of the show"! guenter, debbie, steffen,
kathleen and all the big riders were there. so you can imagine what a
big honor this is. she will most likely be featured in the chronicle of
the horse in the next few weeks so watch out for the article!
go fwf go!
|All mares Rubino bred before his first show
are all in foal. Yippie!|
|Wonderful is reported doing really well at the breeding farm. We
have many new breeders selecting him, and we all look forward to many
|Nicole rode Rubino at a Steffen Peters clinic. Nicole started Rubino
on some nice half steps, and Steffen also rode him, and showed his
magic. Video clips will be available as soon as I find some disk
| We'll open our breeding season soon. Rubino will start breeding on the week of March 18. He does have a few shows in April and May, and we appreciate
all mare owners who put in effort to coordinate the breedings with me. Rubino's
show schedule is posted under "Calendar". |
| Wonderful will start breeding in April. He has been taking a winter
vacation at home, and I certainly enjoyed piaff and tempis on trails with him. We explored many places in Woodside. The trail system is great and the views
from higher spots are spectacular. Some of the narrow trails with 10-12 feet of straight drop to the pavement of busy streets are a bit scary though.
|Happy New Year Belatedly! We went to the beautiful Australia and New Zeland and just came back.
|New stallion video is available - holiday special - FREE! Please just fill out an order form.
|New 2002 contract is now available. It is reorganized, so hopefully it's
easy to read and to fill out information. Your suggestions
and comments are always welcome. |
|Wonderful and Rubino Bellissimo are approved by German Westfalen Verband, and when breeding to Westphalian mares, the resulting foals can be registered as Westphalian.
|It is confirmed: Wunderdonner bred by Betsy Moorhouse in
and owned by Judi Cook in S. California, ranked 4th in the yearling class for
USDF sporthorse in-hand yearend award. This is a repeat of last year's result for Weltenzauber bred
and owned by Sharon Hardy, owner of the sensational stallion Largoheider. Weltenzauber was 4th USDF and the highest ranked Hanoverian for that class in 2000.
|Wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year! Here is a
Wonderful Holiday eCard (will be deleted in 30 days) for you! |
|New photos of Weltwunder jumping over a small jump with four feet still
in the air. Weltwunder is Wonderful's son out of breeder Alexis Katz's
super sport Arabian mare. Click here to view his album.
|Rubaron von Foxpaw's video clips are on-line! I received a video that covered all the foals at the inspection.
The Southeastern Hanoverian Association did a really super job. It
appears that the entire inspection was "officially" documented, and the
video tapes looks professionally produced with laser print labels. It
was really great to be able to compare all the foals and hear the
inspector's comments. Rubaron sure showed off his lofty
and rhythmic trot with super suspension well. It was
a thrill to hear all the Wow's and cheering from the audience when he went
around. Click here to view the clips. Enjoy! |
|Reported from Georgia AHS inspection: Rubino Bellissimo's first foal,
Rubaron von Foxpaw, bred by Mary Pawlak at Foxpaw Farm, received super remarks from
the inspection team, and was described as "fulfillment of every
breeder's dream", and was the top colt
at the inspection. (Note: in most AHS inspection, the foals are not ranked. However, Rubaron received the highest score 8-9-8 for all colts.)
Mary is sending us the video; please stay tuned. Meanwhile,
you can check out his baby pictures and video.
A WONDERFUL show for Wonderful Sport Horses
||Rubino Bellissimo performed superbly at the California Dressage Society and USDF
Championships that was held at Rancho Murieta from October 11 to 14.|
Nicole and Rubi achieved great results despite that Rubi was sick for
almost two weeks prior to the show. He got a viral infection that apparently
was widespread in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've heard similar cases in
the South bay and Southern California too. To make the matter worse, he got
bad scratches on all three legs that have whites,
probably due to weakened immune system. He couldn't be worked for a week right
before the show because of very swollen and sensitive legs and pasterns.
However, the preparation through out the year certainly paid off. Even that
he was not 100%, here is what Nicole and Rubi accomplished:
|CDS First Level Championship - Champion
|USDF First Level Championship - 3rd place (Judge Axel Steiner scored them first)
|CDS Second Level Championship - 8th place
He was also 2nd with only a fraction of a percent behind the 1st
in a huge warmup class (four and half hours for the entire
class) on Thursday, only one day after he got some schooling since he was sick.
As usual he behaved really well at the show, a few pretty "girls" did catch
his attention, but overall everyone was amazed by his gentleman like behavior
and his focus on his work. On Saturday, he got the chance to gallop his
victory round all by himself because the announcer forgot to call his name
while the other 3 horses took off galloping. He just stood quietly
until it was his turn. Unfortunately we didn't capture that in the
Four years ago, my black stallion Welt Klasse also was the CDS First Level
Champion at 5, so repeating the same result is a particularly significant and
sentimental experience for me personally. At that time Welt Klasse was
competing Training and First levels, but this time Rubi has surpassed him
by showing First and Second Levels.
We are very grateful for Nicole's dedication and talents in training and
showing Rubi, and
obviously very pleased with Rubi's incredible progress as a 5-year-old.
He was definitely competing against horses that are older and more mature
in development, so we are sure he will only get better with time . We will look
forward to more exciting work and shows in the coming year.
||Also another great news from the show is that Winwood, a 6-year-old gelding by Wonderful, did really well with Heather Bender. They were the Reserved
Champion for both CDS and USDF Second Level classes, and only fraction of a percent
behind the champion, who is older. (Yap, Rubi had to compete against them. :-)
Winwood also won one of the 3rd level CDS championship classes, but I
don't know the final 3rd level result at the moment (CDS
championship is an average of two rides.) This is the first time I got to
meet Winwood and Heather, so it was really exciting. |
|Oldenburg NA inspectionon on 8/22 showcased two Wonderful-Arab cross foals, one
filly and one colt. Both went premium beating many foals that are pure in German bloods. The filly is the reserve champion filly, and second highest scoring
foal of all the foals, and received the highest score for her trot, score of 8.5. The colt is the reserve champion colt. Go to my
ClubPhoto Albums to check out the baby pictures.
|Both Arab cross foals had an excellent day at
A.R.A.B.S. sporthorse inspection on 8/25. The judge is a regular warmblood judge, but was very much impressed by the Wonderful-Arab cross.
Both babies scored all 8.5 or higher. The colt got 8.8 on overall, and
received First Premium Merit, which is the highest one can go. Stay tuned
for inspection photos. |
|Wunderdonner, Wonderful's yearling son (out of Donnerhall dam) did really
well at Creek Hollow Ranch USDF Breeder's Championship Qualifier show:
|First place in the Colts and Geldings of 2000 class with a 74%
|Reserve Champion Colt and Geldings for the In-hand Sport Horse prospect
classes division, and qualified for the Southern Calif. finals. |
|Highest scoring Hanoverian at the show.
|Wunderdonner did it again at his second USDF Breeder Qualifying show: He got a 76.5% and was the winner of the colts and geldings of 2000 class.
|Rubino Bellissimo, at only 5 years old, has qualified for both USDF and CDS annual championships for both First and Second level dressage. We are all so
proud of him. |
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|A lot more baby pictures... check it out at my clubphoto website. Look for
albums with names starting with 2001. |
|New video of 2001 colt by Wonderful out of Donna's Pik. He is the full
brother of the sensational Wunderdonner born last year. |
|New video on Montserrat. He is doing well with his training in Germany.
He has equivalent of ability as Rubino, and his medium trot is very cadenced.
Click here to go to the video collection page. Enjoy!
|Rubino went to Pebble Beach Dressage show and did very well! Stay tuned for his scores...
|Rubino's show records are on-line. He is undefeated at First and Second Level
Dressage at a young age of 5. Click here to view.
|A few more pictures added to 1derful Sport Horses' album collections -
Please feel free to browse at: my ClubPhoto site: http://members1.clubphoto.com/violet7124/. Enjoy!
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|Rubino's first baby was born on June 13. You can see some of his baby
pictures - Click here to see his album.
|Wonderful's 2001 babies have arrived too. I haven't had time to scan in all
the pictures that were sent in yet, but here is an album for a beautiful colt out of an
Arabian mare. I'm really pleased with this cross and will look forward to more
such crosses. Here is another Wonderful X Arab cross at the breeder's
|Rubino went to another 3-star show last weekend. It was very hot at 105 degrees, but he performed very well and scored mostly 70+% for First level test 4
and second level tests. I don't have all the detailed scores yet.
He'll go to the vet's clinic to breed a couple of mares tomorrow. He should enjoy this break. ;-)
|Wonderful Sport Horses now carries the Advanced Protection Formula from
Auburn Laboratories. Our stallions are on this excellent product,
which help them maintain excellent shape while in heavy training, showing and
breeding. Report also shows that it is very useful for keeping foals healthy.
Click to buy or read more about it. |
|Before Wonderful returned to the breeding farm, we took some pictures and
videos of him with my kids and Au Pair. He has always been so gentle and easy
even for non-horsey toddlers to play with, yet he's talented to do all the
advanced movements. Go to Video clips to see the new
|Rubino Bellissimo was undefeated so far. Rubino's recent success at Rancho Murieta CDI***W proves his super mind, trainability and ridability one more time!
Our young trainer Nicole competed Rubino in First level tests 3 and 4 as well as Second Level tests. Under 6
different judges, he always scored over 70%, and consistently in 75-76+%.
|Montserrat started his training since early March with Joerg Dietrich in the Muenster area. Mr. Eicke von Veltheim, who my horses had clinics with,
went through his associate in Germany
and recommended Joerg to me. Eicke has told me that Joerg prepared young horses that went
to the Bundeschampioships, and is always very kind to horses. Another good thing is that Joerg promised me that he would be the
only trainer to ride my horse instead of an assistant trainer/rider. Montserrat
lost quite a bit of muscle tone for his long vacation at Celle, but is doing
well and getting in shape again. |
|Breeding season will start soon. Wonderful will go to Davis and start his prep work the first week of April. Please click on "Forms" on the navigation button on the left
to make sure you have all the paperwork ready. |
|We took some pictures of my kids and Au Pair with the boys last weekend.
Click here to take a look. Enjoy!
|Happy New Year! |
pictures (video snapshots) of Montserrat are available on-line.
|Holga Finken lost two riders at his training facility, and he said
Montserrat wouldn't be able to go until April, so I have to look for another trainer. Sigh!