Friday, October 09, 2009

Champion colt by Wonderful

Wilson by Wonderful of Peggy Sue by Pointmaker became the site champion at Starr Vaughn Oldenburg foal inspection. Congratulations to breeder Jane Buyny.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Rubino's youngsters shine in dressage competition!

A couple of youngsters by our dressage genius Rubino Bellissimo are proving themselves and rivaling their sire's show records at this young age.

5-year-old Rubina is showing up to Second Level, and receiving 78% for her 1st level tests and her first outing at a USDF sanctioned Second Level test, she received 73.947% with her breeder and trainer Christiane Noelting. Rubina is for sale and you can see the video from her first show (ridden by Christane's rider) at: Christiane's website. She is now schooling up to 3rd level movements, including flying changes already.

Meanwhile, 4-year-old Ruduc von Foxpaw, "Duke" with his Vintage Cup eligible owner/rider Diane Pulles are cleaning up in the Midwest. He has been shown up to First level and receiving scores up to 72.333%. Here is a mention at his breeder Foxpaw Farm's website.

Here is a quick summary of Rubino Bellissimo's records:
  • At 4 years old: First level all above 70~78%. Material class 87~89.5%. (Never competed Training Level.)
  • At 5 years old: CDS Year-end Champion at First Level, Champion of USDF All-Breeds Award, 4th at Second Level, only 0.4% behind the champion in a very competitive group.
Duke beat his sire by showing and winningTraining Level and Material class as a 3-year-old! Congratulations to both breeders and owners!

Monday, September 07, 2009

A lot of 1derful News

Stay tuned for many other news that I am behind on posting...

Weltido Reserve Champion at his very first show

Weltido by Wonderful out of EM Barcelona (Batido) bred by Linda Hackney of San Diego Sport Horses achieved double Reserve Champions at his very first show with a score of 80%.

From Weltido

He is now owned by Elaine Barnes in Washington, and here is her brief report forwarded by Linda:

I hope these pictures are not to big this time. His conformation is a little off, its just the way he is standing, and when the professional pictures come I will send one to you for your web site. But here he is. Reserve Champion in the USDF Colt and Gelding 3 year old class. There was a total of 10 horses who qualified with a score of 76% and higher. I believe his score was 80%. The person who is shown with him was a "catch rider" for the day, but Tido loves people and did his very best for her, and she is on the list of people who feel they absolutely must have him. The background looks a mess, on that day we basically had a monsoon rain pour and it blew most of the decorations down. Linda this was a new place he had never been to, he walked in and nothing phased him. See ya later, Elaine

Congratulations to both Elaine and Linda. Weltido's yearling full brother is available for sale. He is big, flashy, a beautiful mover, and ready to win. I wish I had my own place to buy and keep him, but I don't. :-( However, you can be the lucky one. ;-) Find more info at:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wonderful's grandchildren in Germany

Congratulations to Stefan Blanken for winning 1a champion in the mare family class at Tarmstedt Mare Show. All three mares are out of Wonderlady (Wonderful X Goldstern). The mare family has been with his family for generations. The three mares by Wonderlady are (See picture from left to right: Rosi, Lavinia by Loxley, and Sternschnuppe by Sir Savoy. Sternschnuppe (Shooting Star) also competed in the 3-year-old class and won her class, and achieved Reserve Grand Champion of the show with 55 mare entries.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rubino is back!

Well, we got a few sponsors to help me get Rubino back in training. My trainer Nicole Perry got on him within a day after his arrival at the training center. Rubi apparently missed his girl friends and the familiar people and surrounding where he has known in the past two years, so I was told that he was upset and screaming when I was not with him. I guess he recognizes me as his boss mare mommy to keep him in line and feel secure. :-)

Nicole is such a brave rider. It's been 2+ years since she last rode Rubi, she just got on him (cautiously of course) and rode. She was worried because Rubi's back was tight from all the screaming, but after a short period of walking, she described that Rubi all at sudden remembered who she was and the place, and understood what he was supposed to do. He took contact of the reins and relaxed his back. From that point on, he behaved like a champion instead of a screaming idiot (her words, haha.) She described it an amazing feeling for that sudden and complete transformation and a moment that she would remember forever.

We'll take everything very slowly. It's all up to God's plan.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Welt To Do is one year old!

Thanks to Welt To Do's breeder Linda of San Diego Sporthorses for sending us new pictures of her lovely yearling. He is already 15.1 hands all. Wonderful's babies are usually slow to grow, so Linda's mare EM Bravo (by Batido) really helped a lot.

Friday, May 29, 2009

White Sox by Wonderful out of Volckmar mare

Redhawk Ranch's White Sox by Wonderful out of a Dutch mare by Volckmar has grown up. With his four tall stockings and a big blaze, he is definitely named appropriately. :-)

He is ridden by a Junior rider, Jacky Meinen, right now. They went to Del Mar Horse Show for his very first show experience. He scored 64% at First Level! Here are some pictures collected from Redhawk Ranch's website.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A quick update!

It's been a while since the last update. I've been exploring twitter; that's why. You can follow us at Meanwhile, here is the photo album of the new addition to Wonderful Sport Horses.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Introducing Ripleigh - 2009 filly by Rubino Bellissimo out of Hideaway's Dream Girl

Congratulations to Ocean Mist Farm of Florida for this beautiful and correct filly out of their Connemara mare Hideaway's Dream Girl. With the success of an older full sister Rubi's Dream, breeder Jennifer of Ocean Mist Farm repeated the cross and Ripleigh is the result.

"Hi Violet,

Attaching some new pictures of Hideaway’s Dream Girl’s filly taken today at 3 weeks old. We have named her Ripleigh. She is quite a character and a blast to be around! She is very friendly, a breeze to handle with a touch of good Irish humor.

We think this one is destined to be an eventer!"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New colt! Romeo Bellissimo

Congratulations to breeder Sherry White of Graystone Farm in Ohio on her healthy and correct colt by Rubino Bellissimo out of Maybach by Landwerder (AKA Silver Lining). Sherry wrote:
"Hi Violet. Maybach delivered a wonderful Rubino colt Friday evening. He's quite nicely put together and I'm very pleased. I may change his name to Romeo Bellissimo because he's so friendly and easy going. I couldn't be happier. Thanks for everything!"

Both mare and foal are for sale. Here are some pictures taken when Romeo was born and just 12 hours old. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rubino Bellissismo X SPS Wynona (Weltmeyer X SPS Maya (Marco Polo))

Thanks to Susan sending me the pictures so quickly. Here is her new filly, not quite one day old yet.

Hi Violet,

We still can't get over this filly. She's the epitome of modern type as opposed to her dam that's the old type. When you look at them together, it's pretty mind boggling. Rubino sure did the job we'd hoped he would.

It turns out she has more than a star, it's a blaze. She also has two white hind feet and white above those.

P.S. Please forward these to Mary Scott DVM

New Rubino Bellissimo filly - Congratulations to the Crossens...

Got the exciting news via email at 6 PM PST last night! Can't wait to see the pictures.

Hi Violet,

We just delivered a gorgeous, large and perfect filly by Rubino and Wynona. She's just wonderful. Her legs are almost as long as her dams. Beautiful head. Nice slim neck.

Tom thinks she's the cats meow. She's so tall she had trouble finding the teats. We had to help. Now we're watching to make sure she gets them on her own.

I'll send pictures as soon as we get her outside. I'll think you'll be very impressed.



Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Welt To Do by Wonderful

San Diego Sporthorses just posted the video clips of their outstanding colts:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Love to receive updates on the "babies"

This baby is growing up. Owner Erin reported her baby is now under saddle for 4 weeks and already on his way to impress many at shows. Here is the direct quote from her email:

"Well, you were right they are easy to train...

Our coming 4 year old colt "R. Cessna" by Rubino has been in training for 6 weeks and backed for 4 went to a horse show last weekend...

A training show but his very first outing. Tracie Bjugan, his trainer, has been so impressed by how easy he is and how everything has come together so quickly-no doubt this colt is bred for dressage. She took him to Devonwood Equestrian Center here in Portland. Cessna recieved a 65% and a 61.8% in training lvl 1 & 2...Scoreing 8's on gaits~

Pretty impressive to all attending the show!

I really had thought I'd not breed anymore mares but his mother is open and maybe we should try it again for 2010...(can you get this lucky twice?) I'll call tomorrow...

Of course I took no pictures but will... I do think he's 17HH now and still has the 4 white socks. He's really a super great gelding...thanks again and I'll try to call tomorrow about that re-breed...thanks again!"

Congratulations, Erin. Thanks for the great news, and let's do it again!


Check out this incredibly beautiful colt by Wonderful out of Peggy Sue (Pointmaker). I used to own a mare with same Wonderful X Pointmaker breeding. She is really beautiful and incredibly elastic. I sold her to an amateur lady, who loves her to death. It looks like this colt is going to be even better! Here is his album.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stallion Service Auctions are up!

Wonderful Sport Horses are donating 5 items to Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society (GOV) and American Hanoverian Society (AHS). Don't miss the opportunity to purchase a breeding or frozen semen for this breeding season. Here are the auction items (click on the link to view details and bid):

Wonderful (LFG Contract)
Montserrat (LFG Contract)

Montserrat (frozen semen - 2 doses for one cycle)
Montserrat (regular LFG contract)

Please bid and support the breed registries.

Rubino Bellissimo's Breeding is still 50% off, so the pricing will be even better than the auctions. I just cannot afford donating his service as the sex wagon shuttle service :-) between the vet clinic from and training farm can get quite costly.

Happy bidding and Good Luck!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Wish you a 1DERFUL and GR8 2009!


To have a horse in your life is a gift. In the matter of a few short years, a horse can teach a young girl courage, if she chooses to grab mane and hang on for dear life. Even the smallest of ponies is mightier than the tallest of girls. To conquer the fear of falling off, having one's toes crushed, or being publicly humiliated at a horse show is an admirable feat for any child. For that, we can be grateful.

Horses teach us responsibility. Unlike a bicycle or a computer, a horse needs regular care and most of it requires that you get dirty and smelly and up off the couch. Choosing to leave your cozy kitchen to break the crust of ice off the water buckets is to choose responsibility. When our horses dip their noses and drink heartily; we know we've made the right choice.

Learning to care for a horse is both an art and a science. Some are easy keepers, requiring little more than regular turn-out, a flake of hay, and a trough of clean water. Others will test you - you'll struggle to keep them from being too fat or too thin. You'll have their feet shod regularly only to find shoes gone missing. Some are so accident-prone you'll swear they're intentionally finding new ways to injure themselves.

If you weren't raised with horses, you can't know that they have unique personalities. You'd expect this from dogs, but horses? Indeed, there are clever horses, grumpy horses, and even horses with a sense of humor. Those prone to humor will test you by finding new ways to escape from the barn when you least expect it.

Horses can be timid or brave, lazy or athletic, obstinate or willing. You will hit it off with some horses and others will elude you altogether. There are as many "types" of horses as there are people- which makes the whole partnership thing all the more interesting.

If you've never ridden a horse, you probably assume it's a simple thing you can learn in a weekend. You can, in fact, learn the basics on a Sunday, but to truly ride well takes a lifetime. Working with a living being is far more complex than turning a key in the ignition and putting the car or tractor in "drive."

In addition to listening to your instructor, your horse will have a few things to say to you as well. On a good day, he'll be happy to go along with the program and tolerate your mistakes; on a bad day, you'll swear he's trying to kill you. Perhaps he's naughty or perhaps he' fed up with how slowly you're learning his language. Regardless, the horse will have an opinion. He may choose to challenge you (which can ultimately make you a better rider) or he may carefully carry you over fences - if it suits him. It all depends on the partnership - and partnership is what it's all about.

If you face your fears, swallow your pride, and are willing to work at it, you'll learn lessons in courage, commitment, and compassion in addition to basic survival skills. You'll discover just how hard you're willing to work toward a goal, how little you know, and how much you have to learn.

And, while some people think the horse "does all the work", you'll be challenged physically as well as mentally. Your horse may humble you completely. Or, you may find that sitting on his back is the closest you'll get to heaven.

You can choose to intimidate your horse, but do you really want to? The results may come more quickly, but will your work ever be as graceful as that gained through trust? The best partners choose to listen, as well as to tell. When it works, we experience a sweet sense of accomplishment brought about by smarts, hard work, and mutual understanding between horse and rider. These are the days when you know with absolute certainty that your horse is enjoying his work.

If we make it to adulthood with horses still in our lives, most of us have to squeeze riding into our over saturated schedules; balancing our need for things equine with those of our households and employers. There is never enough time to ride, or to ride as well as we'd like. Hours in the barn are stolen pleasures.

If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your life with them. Our horses know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes and whisper our hopes into their ears. A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life's true priorities are clear: a warm place to sleep, someone who loves us, and the luxury of regular meals. Some of us need these reminders.

When you step back, it's not just about horses - it's about love, life, and learning. On any given day, a friend is celebrating the birth of a foal, a blue ribbon, or recovery from an illness. That same day, there is also loss: a broken limb, a case of colic, a decision to sustain a life or end it gently. As horse people, we share the accelerated life cycle of horses: the hurried rush of life, love, loss, and death that caring for these animals brings us. When our partners pass, it is more than a moment of sorrow.

We mark our loss with words of gratitude for the ways our lives have been blessed. Our memories are of joy, awe, and wonder. Absolute union. We honor our horses for their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give.

To those outside our circle, it must seem strange. To see us in our muddy boots, who would guess such poetry lives in our hearts? We celebrate our companions with praise worthy of heroes. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of battle.

Listen to stories of that once-in-a-lifetime horse; of journeys made and challenges met. The best of horses rise to the challenges we set before them, asking little in return.

Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart. Together, we share the pain of sudden loss and the lingering taste of long-term illness. We shoulder the burden of deciding when or whether to end the life of a true companion.

In the end, we're not certain if God entrusts us to our horses--or our horses to us. Does it matter? We're grateful God loaned us the horse in the first place.

Author Unknown