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Welcome 2023 Sondheim OLD Foals!

So far this year, Sondheim OLD has had two fillies born – the first is co – owned by Hilda Gurney and Carrie Treadway. The mare is a horse that Sheryl Stein imported as a 4 yr. old from the German Oldenburger Elite Auktion, and showed quite successfully in lower level dressage. Unfortunately the mare had to be retired from showing, and eventually found her way to Carrie Treadway.

This filly is Sondheim OLD – Wolkentanz ll.

The second filly is bred and owned by Bonnie Vezain. Bonnie purchased this breeding through the GOV Stallion Service Auction last year, and this filly was just recently born!

Congratulations to all owners, and we look forward to seeing these foals end up in the show arena!!!

GOV Mare and Foal Inspection – Keenridge Farm

Congratulations to Hilda Gurney on her success at today’s GOV Mare and Foal Inspection at Keenridge Farm.

Her colt ‘Splendid’, by Sondheim OLD out of her lovely Winter’s Eve (Winterprinz), was named Premium, AND ELITE.

This is Hilda’s 5th foal from this breeding, and ALL 5 have been named Premium AND ELITE!! Clearly this is a successful combination – we look forward to the future!

Vin Noir, Then and Now…

It is always fun to watch the change in young horses… here are two photos one year apart – Vin Noir (Van Vivaldi – Don Gregory), German Oldenburger Elite Auktion mare born 2014, owned by Marta Kauffman and Jaye Cherry.



Sondheim OLD Son Heads to 5 Yr Old Jumper Finals

Sovereignty, a 5 yr old German Oldenburger by Sondheim OLD out of Love Quest, schools with Mark Farndale before heading up to the Sacramento International Horse Show for the 5 Yr Old Jumper Finals.

Owned and bred by Carrie Treadway and ridden by Ashley Barrett, Sovereignty WON last year’s 4 Yr Old Jumper Finals at the same show.  As Sondheim is by Sandro Hit, the jumper breeding comes through from Sandro, as well as the mare line. Love Quest is a Landadel / Quattro jumper mare from the Oldenburger Elite Auktion.

It’s interesting to see that Sondheim produces BOTH competitive dressage and jumper foals!

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More ‘Stunning’ Success!

Congratulations to breeder Hilda Gurney and owner / rider Adrienne Bessey!!! At Cool August Nights Dressage Show this weekend, Adrienne WON the FEI 4 Yr Old class with Stunning – a 4 yr old German Oldenburger mare by Sondheim OLD, out of a Winterprinz mare. Adrienne and Stunning scored a whopping 81%!!! Well done Hilda and Adrienne, and of course… Stunning!!

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Santana Successful at L. A. Chapter Summer Dressage Show

Congratulations Marta F. Kauffman and Santana!!
I just found out (I know, sometimes I’m slow) that at the L. A. Chapter Summer Dressage Show recently, Santana (Show Star – Donnerschwee) finished the show as FEI Reserve Champion! This was based on his 2 day successes at Prix St. Georges… Ridden by Jaye Cherry, Santana was purchased as a 3 yr old at the German Oldenburger Mixed Auktion, and over the years has had much success – it’s great to see he’s back at it again!!!

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Sondheim Daughters Together at El Sueno Dressage Show

Recently, Sondheim was well represented at the El Sueno Dressage show, by two of his daughters.

Hilda Gurney bred both mares – Springtime and Stunning – who are FULL sisters! By Sondheim OLD and out of a Winterprinz mare, Hilda also owns Springtime.  Adrienne Bessey owns Stunning, and actually won ALL of her classes this weekend with scores ranging from 70+5 to 80.4%!!

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Stunning Wins AGAIN!

At the prestigious Flintridge Dressage Show 2019, over the Memorial Day Weekend, once again breeder Hilda Gurney and owner / rider Adrienne Bessey showed what a great partnership they have – Adrienne showed her 4 year old German Oldenburger mare Stunning (Sondheim OLD – Winterprinz) in Training Level classes… and WON THEM ALL!!

It is a PLEASURE to watch Hilda and Adrienne work together with such great success – I can’t wait to watch the future of this threesome!!

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