Another young stallion showing the extreme versatility and rideability of the GRP is SPB Noble Dynasty (Noble Dancer (IMP) x St.Pr.St Dailara (IMP) [Danilo x Domingo]). This four-year-old stallion is owned by Willowcroft Stud and produced by Andrew Buckley of E.B. Lodge Performance Horses. “Will”, as he is affectionately known, had a very successful Sydney Royal recently; at his first big show he won Champion Led Part Welsh Stallion or Colt, first Ridden Part Welsh Stallion or Colt, Reserve Champion Led Arabian Derivative Stallion or Colt and second in his Ridden Arabian Derivative class. No doubt there will be big things to come from this boy in the dressage and show rings.
Five-year-old gelding Roseglen Nightmoves, owned by Alison Faulkner and bred by Tina Barker, has had much success eventing and showing. He is by Hilkens Nougat Cream (IMP) out of Roseglen Pandora who is sired by Don Philino WE (IMP). Kristov, as he is known, recently had his first EvA80 start at the 2021 Heytesbury Horse Trials with much success. Weeks before that he was sashed Reserve Champion Show Hunter Galloway at Deniliquin Agricultural Show. He is the perfect example of how versatile the German Riding Pony breed is.
In the show ring, Kingsfield Arlington certainly is leaving his mark. This gelding, sired by Kennedy WE and out of a New Forest x Warmblood mare with Richmeed Medallion bloodlines, has had much success both in hand as a youngster and competing under saddle at Royal and National Level. Known as Jack, some of his achievements include placing third in the Ridden Small Show Hunter Galloway at Hufglocken Show Horse Council Grand Nationals in 2019 and 2021. Jack has had much success at HOTY level, including NSW HOTY Champion Led Show Hunter Galloway 14-14.2hh.
In the breeds ring, Jack won Gold Champion Ridden API at the 2018 Arabian National Championships. Sydney Royal 2019 saw huge success for Jack with – on top of a string of class wins (Ladies Show Hunter Galloway, Novice Show Hunter Galloway, Led and Ridden ANSA), he also won the prestigious titles of Best Novice Show Hunter Galloway and Best Led ANSA Gelding.
Jack’s success didn’t end there, as he continued to compete post-Covid with new owners and has continued his success and reliability. In January 2021 at SHCV Horse Of The Year, he won Runner Up Small Show Hunter Galloway, came third in the Child’s Small Show Hunter Galloway class and took his owner/rider, Jessica Sharp, to win Champion Rider 12-15 Years. At Barastoc HOTY 2021 he came third in the Ridden Small Show Hunter Galloway with Jessica on board.
Most recently, Hilkens Denali (IMP) had success at the 2021 Sydney CD-Lite, coming third overall in the Medium Tour. Hilkens Denali was the only pony in a field of 17 horses. This gelding, owned by Wendy Lorincz and ridden by Alison Gill, has had huge success in Australia and prior to his move, also in New Zealand with his previous owners. He is known to his friends and family as a small pony with the biggest heart.
All of these ponies are wonderful ambassadors for the GRP in Australia and are perfect examples of how trainable and versatile this breed is. There are many exciting stars of the future growing up, with over 700 Australian-bred German Riding Ponies and crosses and 52 imported GRP stallions, mares or geldings on the German Riding Ponies Australia database to date. The future for pony dressage and performance ponies is certainly looking bright.
For more information on the breed visit www.germanridingpony.com.au EQ
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