History of the
German Riding Pony
The German Riding Pony breed or Deutsches Reitpony developed approximately 40 years ago. The breeding goal was to develop a pony with movement that is correct and rhythmic with elastic and expressive gaits as well as having a pony with a sound temperament and rideability. A very important component is that the pony has the athletic ability for national and international competition and that they could be easily ridden by a child or small adult in the performance arena.
Using the same principles as Warmblood horses, the German Riding Pony breeding program began with imported Welsh and English ponies to be bred with various breeds of European ponies. They were infused over time with Arabians and Thoroughbreds. Trakehner and Hanoverian sires were also used to improve the breed. The end result has shown that these ponies have become very competitive in the fields of dressage, eventing, jumping and driving. They have the willingness to perform and dynamic movement to match.
Foals are inspected during the year of their birth, and exceptional individuals are awarded premium status. Mares are inspected at or after age three and may be entered into a studbook, main studbook or premium studbook depending on their quality and bloodlines. In Germany, high quality mares can be performance tested to achieve the coveted designation of State Premium Mare. Stallions must be inspected at age three or four and if successful, then must complete a thirty day performance testing prior to being placed in the studbooks.
The ultimate breed goal for these ponies is to meet the international height of 148 cms or under but like some of our Australian pony breeds, they can grow over pony height. They are still considered to be a German Riding Pony if they do go over pony height. Their background and genetics are of pony height and crossed with right pony mare with the correct genetics they can still produce a fabulous German Riding Pony.
In Germany, there are many over height GRP's that compete successfully and make fantastic mounts for small adults. A fine example of this is the GRP stallion Pearcy Pearson who stands at 152cm and has been very successful at Grand Prix. He actually gained a 5th place in a Grand Prix test that was won by Anky Van Grunsven.
The German Riding Pony
The German Riding Pony is now starting to really become known in Australia. The stallion FS Golden Storm by FS Golden Highlight was brought into Australia many years ago, but perhaps he was before his time as far as the pony dressage market was concerned. He was unfortunately gelded and only sired a few foals.
One of his progeny is the quality mare named Nightwishes who is now a resident broodmare at Narbethong Equestrian Park in Western Australia and has produced some super foals. FS Golden Storm himself has been a successful dressage pony in Australia and it is fantastic to have some blood from FS Golden Highlight in Australia through this mare Nightwishes.
Don Philino was the first Licensed German Riding Pony to stand at public stud in Australia
and is a son of the famous and influential Dressman I as well as being a highly credentialed stallion.
In Australia our warmblood breeding has come along way since the importation of the first Warmblood sire Flaneur in 1968. The world’s best Warmblood sires are readily available to the Australian market through the wonders of frozen semen and of course through the importation of many top class stallions and mares.
The introduction of the GRP breed would give our young riders a fantastic start in their dressage career, given that the GRP has long been bred for international pony competitions. With their athletic ability and dynamic movement, the transition from a pony to a big moving warmblood would also be a much smoother one. The breed was of course developed for children and small adults. Any GRP’s that go over pony height can also provide an excellent mount for small adults and young riders as they do in Germany.
It took many years for the first importers and breeders of the original warmbloods to fully understand the different traits and characteristics of the bloodlines and the same goes for
the German Riding Pony.
So far, the GRP stallions that have been imported into our country are all really top quality with excellent bloodlines and credentials, so for the breed as a whole this is a perfect place
to start. We now have quite a few imported GRP stallions as well as some other European pony stallions.
The German Riding type is described as a sports pony with a small head, large and lively
eyes with small ears, a clean throat latch, a long, well-set neck, pronounced withers and
long croup. The movement should be correct, rhythmic, spacious and elastic with distinct impulsion from the hindquarters. The systematic selection of the breed over the first twenty years has led to a pony that is athletic, elegant, intelligent and well disposition.
As a good example of type for the German Riding Pony, Dynamik Stallion’s Don Philino scored 9.4 for his type in his 30 day stallion test in Germany. His overall 30 day stallion test score (HLP) was 8.77.
FS Daddy Cool
FS Champion de Luxe
FS DON’T WORRY
This stallion most likely needs little introduction. FS Don’t Worry is considered to be the Donnerhall of the German Riding Ponies being Germany’s top producing sire and the achievements of his progeny are quite extraordinary.
FS Don’t Worry is owned by the well known german stud, Ferienhof Stuecker and stands at 147cm (14.2hh). He was born in 1995 and his success started with gaining the place of reserve Champion at his licensing for Rhineland and later becoming the champion of his 30 day stallion test in Muenster Hahndorf with an overall score (HLP) of 8.46.
He was the Champion Riding Pony of Rhineland and the North Rhein Westfalen meetings in both 1998 and 1999. He was the Gold Medal winner of the Bundeschampionate in both 1998 and 1999 and was awarded the highest scores given out with 6 perfect 10's.
This supersire has a multitude of wins and places in the competition arena in dressage classes up to Inter 1 level. He has wins and places in international pony competitions including a first place at the Saumur International Pony competition with 78.3%.
In February 2012 this amazing stallion was retired from competition in a special presentation at the stallion show held by the Ferienhof Stucker Stallion Station. This was an emotional farewell but of course a well deserved retirement from sport for the stallion that is now 17 years of age. He has given so much to pony sport, not only through his own success but also through the countless success of his progeny.
FS Don’t Worry also carries the blood of a top influential GRP sire in Golden Dancer on his dam line and the State Premium Mare FS Golden Sunlight, who herself took out the title of Reserve Federal Champion of 4 year old ponies in 1995. FS Golden Sunlight was also the Champion Pony of Rhineland in 1994 and 1995.
FS Don’t Worry’s blood runs deep as by the time he was 13 years old he had already sired 30 licensed sons and 35 State Premium Mares. He has sired no less than 11 Bundeschampions and numerous Bundeschampionate finalists. The success of his progeny makes it clear that his foals inherit not only his powerful and correct paces but also his very strong rideabilty trait. FS Don’t Worry now has 50 progeny that have competed at FEI pony level which is an amazing achievement as a sire.
FS Don’t Worry is a very powerful and strong stallion with the most impressively built neck. If you have a mare that is quite sensitive this is not a concern when choosing FS Don’t Worry as a breeding match as he is renowned for stamping his progeny with a very level temperament. He is ideal for sensitive mares that may have lots of power and engagement but may need help to create the perfect combination in power and rideability.
A few of his successful progeny are :
Mac Diana - 2002 Reserve Bundeschampionesse
HB Dreamgirl - 2003 & 2004 Bundeschampionesse
FS Dark Shadow - 2003 3 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
Dinarion - 2003 3 yo Bundeschampion
FS Dark Magic - 2002 3 yo Bundeschampionesse & 2003 Reserve Bundeschampionesse
Don't Forget - 2004 4 yo Bundeschampion & 2005 5 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
HB Daylight - 2004 3yo Bundeschampion & 2006 5 yo Bundeschampion, 2004 HLP Champion Neustadt (30 day test),
FS Don't Worry Junior - 2005 3 yo Bundeschampion (Dynamik stallions very own Don Philino took out the silver medal this year), 2006 4 yo Bundeschampion
Destination W - 2005 4 yo Bundeschampion
Don't Thatch W - 2005 5 yo Bundeschampion
Day of Whisper - 2005 4 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
FS Dior de Luxe - 2005 Reserve Champion Rhineland
HB Golden Girl - 2005 3 yo Bundeschampioness, 2005 Elite Show Champion Mare, 2008 Silver Medal FEI Pony European Champs, 2009 & 2010 Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals FEI European Pony Champs, 2012 two Gold & Silver Medals FEI European Champs
HB Daylight - 2006 Bundeschampion
Doubtless - 2007 6 yo Bundeschampion
FS Daddy's Destiny - 2008 4 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
Mac Doreen - 2008 3 yo Reserve Bundeschampionesse
FS Daddy Cool - 2009 3 yo Reserve Bundeschampion & 2010 4 yo Bundeschampion
Desert Rose - 2009 3 yo Bundeschampionesse
Mac Devinja - 2010 3 yo Bundeschampionesse & 2011 4 yo Reserve Bundeschampionesse
Day of Diva - 2011 Gold & Bronze Medal FEI Pony European Champs
Don Henley - 2012 3 yo Bundeschampion
Don Ducky C-Two - Gold Medal 4 yo Dutch Young Pony
FS Dorian Gray - 2014 4 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
FS Daddy's Starlight - 2014 3 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
Dynamik Stallions have an imported son of this super stallion in Top Der Da. He is a perfect example of exceptional rideabilty as he makes a one hundred percent effort under saddle every day. He has super paces and exceptional power in his hindquarters and already is showing an ability to make the FEI Open Dressage grades. Top Der Da is already stamping his progeny with his uphill canter and powerful hindquarter. He is a very modern type and elegant type of stallion.
Tamlyn Farm Performance Ponies in Victoria have an imported daughter of FS Don’t Worry in Rosewater Driving Miss Daisy. Miss Daisy was awarded the Young Pony Champion of Champions DWTS 2012. This quality mare had a foal by embryo transfer that was sired by Dynamik Stallion’s Don Philino that was named TF Don’t Ask. This sensational foal gained Elite Status in the ACE assessment tour this year with a fantastic overall score of 80.75%.
FS CHAMPION DE LUXE
Another exceptional pony sire from the Ferienhof Stuecker Stallion Station is FS Champion de Luxe. Buckskin in colour and standing at 145cm (14.1 ½ hh). Born in 1998 and now a Federal Premium Stallion.
FS Champion De Luxe was named Champion of the German Riding Pony Stallion Approvals in the year 2000. In 2001 he was Champion of the Stallion Performance Test receiving an amazing maximum score of 10 four times. His overall 30 day stallion test score (HLP) was 8.86.
He was the unrivalled winner of the NRW meetings in both 2001 and 2002. In 2001 he was Champion of Rhineland. He was Bundeschampion in 2001 and 2002.
At the 2003 FN Federal Stallion Championships, he was named Federal Champion Stallion, Federal Dressage Champion Stallion, and Federal Versatility Champion Stallion. He was undoubtedly the star of the sport ponies at this show. This federal stallion show is held in Berlin, the same show that Dynamik Stallion’s Trussardi became the Reserve Champion of in 2011.
FS Champion De Luxe stems from excellent bloodlines carrying the blood the blood of two other influential sires in Power Boy and Golden Dancer. He is an impressive package who stamps his foals with his excellent rideability and correct paces. He has produced many exceptional offspring that have been championship winners, gold medallists and high priced auction foals.
He has sired no less than 29 approved sons and 31 state premium mares and some of his best known progeny include the following :
FS Dark Surprise - 2006 Reserve Bundeschampioness
FS Golden Champ - 2006 Champion Stallion Körung Rhineland, 2010 6 yo Bundeschampion
C-Dur - 2007 Champion Mare of Weser Ems & 2007 3 yo Bundeschampioness
Cara Mia - 2007 Bundeschampioness
Casino Royale K - 2008 3 yo & 2009 4 yo Bundeschampion
Cyrill WE - 2009 3 yo Bundeschampion, 2010 4 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
Chapman - 2009 4 yo Bundeschampion
Championess - 2008 3 yo Bundeschampioness & 2009 4 yo Reserve Bundeschampioness
Classic Dancer - 2009 6 yo Bundeschampion
Champagner de Luxe - 2010 3 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
Cosmopolitan D - 2013 4 yo Bundeschampion
FS Charly Brown - 2014 6 yo Reserve Bundeschampion
Champ of Class - 2010 Gold Medal Dutch Young Pony Champs, 2012 Gold and two Silver, 2013 two Silver & one Bronze, 2014 Silver & Gold - FEI European Pony Champs
We are very lucky to have a licensed son who is also well performed in Australia standing at Narbethong Equestrian Centre in WA. Cheval De Luxe is a true GRP type with a great temperament and it is fantastic to have his blood in Australia.
AKL German Riding Ponies in NSW have the GRP stallion Vita Dima whose dam sire is FS Champion De Luxe.
Dynamik Stallions also owns a daughter of FS Champion De Luxe in our new filly, Coco De Luxe. She is growing up in Germany at Danica Duen’s stallion station and we have great hopes for her future career under saddle with her superior movement. Her dam sire is the pony Colano who himself carries Oldenburg blood in his lines.
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It is a fantastic magazine available by subscription or in newsagents throughout Australia.
I have decided to include this excellent article on my website that was published in the Dressage Today magazine November 2010 edition.