Sonnenberg Farm, LLC

Sonnenberg Farm, LLC Breeding, developing and training KWPN dressage horses with exceptional temperament and movement.

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2021 ODS Symposium with Sabine Schut-Kery at Sonnenberg Farm…Last weekend, we held the 2021 ODS Symposium with Sabine 💕 ...
10/20/2021

2021 ODS Symposium with Sabine Schut-Kery at Sonnenberg Farm…

Last weekend, we held the 2021 ODS Symposium with Sabine 💕 and she had so much fun instructing and developing Michele with our 4 year old home-bred, 🇺🇸❤️ Sonnenberg’s Modern Pleasure “Max”, (Expression x Wynton x Ferro).

It was a wonderful event and huge thanks to our incredible friend Sabine 💕 for all the amazing instruction, fun and laughs, the awesome President of Oregon Dressage Society, Lisa Koch 💪 and the ODS BOD, all the selected riders and their village people, Tory Kelly, Mary Cornelius, volunteers and all the spectators. Such a great event!

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind & Movement…
… Born to Perform

Wishing Nadine Schwartsman a huge congratulations and the best of luck in achieving her goals with Kain!www.sonnenberg.u...
08/08/2021
Nadine Schwartsman Steps It Up With Sonnenberg’s Kain | Horses Daily

Wishing Nadine Schwartsman a huge congratulations and the best of luck in achieving her goals with Kain!

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

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As soon as travel to Europe opened in 2021 Nadine Schwartsman was finally able to plan a trip in search of her dream horse. The German-born Dressage rider, a US citizen since 2015, Nadine owns and operates her own world-class show stable Les Bois Dressage in Eagle, ID where she lives with husband Ro...

05/14/2021

Sonnenberg’s Modern Pleasure ❤️ (Expression x Wynton x Ferro) scored a huge ➡️ 91.69% ⬅️ in Materiale at his first show ever last weekend at Devonwood!

So excited about this 🇺🇸 bred/home bred 4 year old and his future 😎! Here’s a quick clip of his warm-up - soft and supple with rhythm and relaxation - well done Michele and “good boy” Max! 🥰

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

💙 Royal Vegas S, (Las Vegas x Fürstenball x Sandro Hit) KWPN c**t is now one month old! We bred this c**t (ET) in Hollan...
03/27/2021

💙 Royal Vegas S, (Las Vegas x Fürstenball x Sandro Hit) KWPN c**t is now one month old! We bred this c**t (ET) in Holland and he reminds us of his amazing champion sire, Las Vegas 🏆 (Ferdeaux x Wynton). His dam is our “Angel” Finetime, ❤️ (Fürstenball x Sandro Hit) who was a finalist at the World Breeding Federation Championships in Ermelo 🇳🇱 for 5 year olds. Whichever parent this c**t takes after, we think the odds are in his favor. 😍😍😍

Thank you Anniek de Wit for the wonderful photos (Anniek is our Mary Cornelius in Holland) and VDL stud with Stal Laarhakers for all your work you do on behalf of Sonnenberg!

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

02/21/2021

Today was fun - seeing this young 4 year old developing, after only being under saddle a few months. Our home-bred 🇺🇸 Sonnenberg’s Miss Toto ❤️ (Glock’s Toto Jr. x Charmeur) is showing us some of the work ethic, amazing ride-ability and top movement of her famous Grand Prix papa, Toto Jr. 🤩 (Totilas x Desperados). We think Miss Toto and Miss Michele will be an exciting team to watch! 😍🥰😘

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

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Our first foal for 2021 - of course, a filly! Hoping for some c**ts this year. We are having 2 foals in Holland and 6 he...
02/14/2021

Our first foal for 2021 - of course, a filly!

Hoping for some c**ts this year. We are having 2 foals in Holland and 6 here in the US.

In Holland:
Glock’s Taminiau x Ebony x Westpoint
Las Vegas x Fürstenball x Sandro Hit

In the US:
Grand Galaxy Win x Uphill x Farrington
Glamourdale x Ampere x Farrington
Jovian x Fürstenball x Sandro Hit
Vivino x Ebony x Westpoint
Gaudi x Ferro x Pantheon
Kjento x UB40 x Sandro Hit

By far, more foals than we’ve ever had before and we can’t keep them all!

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

Our first foal for 2021 - of course, a filly!

Hoping for some c**ts this year. We are having 2 foals in Holland and 6 here in the US.

In Holland:
Glock’s Taminiau x Ebony x Westpoint
Las Vegas x Fürstenball x Sandro Hit

In the US:
Grand Galaxy Win x Uphill x Farrington
Glamourdale x Ampere x Farrington
Jovian x Fürstenball x Sandro Hit
Vivino x Ebony x Westpoint
Gaudi x Ferro x Pantheon
Kjento x UB40 x Sandro Hit

By far, more foals than we’ve ever had before and we can’t keep them all!

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

Such a great weekend with the US Federation Young Horse Coach, Christine Traurig 💕. She is an amazing instructor and coa...
12/11/2020

Such a great weekend with the US Federation Young Horse Coach, Christine Traurig 💕. She is an amazing instructor and coach - thank you for all your help Christine! 🙏☺️🥰

Was also fun to see Christine so smitten with the 6 year old, Sonnenberg’s Juliette d’Rosa ❤️ (Ampere x Farrington x Jazz) pictured below. What a pair Michele and Juliette will be for the future! 😍

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

🧡 Happiest of Thanksgiving wishes to our family and extended family, friends, team members, clients, veterinary teams, f...
11/26/2020

🧡 Happiest of Thanksgiving wishes to our family and extended family, friends, team members, clients, veterinary teams, farriers, partners in Holland, fellow breeders, coaches, trainers, sponsors and all others who are on this journey with us. We are truly thankful for each one of you that has touched our farm and as a result, touched our lives.

Pictured below is O' Romeo S ❤️, a 2019 KWPN yearling c**t (Charmeur x UB40 x Sandro Hit) who is now owned by our good friend and Grand Prix dressage rider/trainer, Alyssa Pitts. This c**t received one of the highest movement scores for the 2019 KWPN Dressage Foal Keuring in North America. He'll no doubt be an exciting future mount for Alyssa!

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

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Modern Pleasure S, ❤️ (Expression x Wynton x Ferro) at almost 3.5 years and over 17 hds, he’s such a good baby stallion!...
11/20/2020

Modern Pleasure S, ❤️ (Expression x Wynton x Ferro) at almost 3.5 years and over 17 hds, he’s such a good baby stallion! 🥰

We bred Max in Holland, but we brought him home in Utero - so he was born in the USA! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Last weekend, he looked so handsome and is developing so nicely, that we thought we would snap a pic for all those who ask how’s he’s doing.

With the important Vivaldi blood through his incredible sire Expression, the strength and power of Wynton and Ferro and descending from a super successful mare-line, we are excited about this young man!

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

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What a year for our 🇺🇸 home-bred, Sonnenberg’s Everdance ❤️ (keur, sport) (Johnson x Zeoliet) 🏆 2020 US Festival of Cham...
10/25/2020

What a year for our 🇺🇸 home-bred, Sonnenberg’s Everdance ❤️ (keur, sport) (Johnson x Zeoliet)

🏆 2020 US Festival of Champions - Intermediare I National Champion 74.91%/75.44%/77.64%

And just announced...
🏆 2020 USDF Horse of the Year - Intermediare I Champion with an average score of 74.56%

🏆 2020 USDF Horse of the Year - Prix St. Georges Champion with an average score of 74.12%

Undefeated in 2020 - both International and National competitions!

So proud of Everdance and so thankful and proud of Endel Ots for bringing out the best in Everdance. We can't wait to see Endel in competition with our next 🇺🇸 home-bred FEI mare, Sonnenberg’s Generosa ❤️ (keur, sport) (Uphill x Farrington x Jazz).

Many thanks to all the others who helped Everdance on this journey including and especially Michele Bondy, Christophe Theallet and Charlotte Bredahl!

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Thus far, Sonnenberg Farm is safe fromall the surrounding fires and have been taking in evacuated horses. We can still a...
09/09/2020

Thus far, Sonnenberg Farm is safe from
all the surrounding fires and have been taking in evacuated horses. We can still accommodate a few more horses from either level 2 or levels 3 evacuation zones. Please message us immediately if you need anything - we are more than happy to help you during this difficult time. Please also share this post so that it gets broadly distributed for those in need who may not follow us.

The blue dot below is our farm location. The fire shown just to the north of us has been extinguished, (we recently drove to it to verify) but still shown. Winds have calmed now - so we are hopeful that things start to change over the next day or two.

Thanks to all those that are helping, especially our friends at Devonwood Equestrian Centre for taking in over 200 horses and all those who are rescuing horses with their trucks and trailers from fire ravaged areas. Our horse community is the best! 💕

Stay safe and hopeful friends, during this difficult time.

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2020 US Festival of Champions - Intermediare 1 Champion: Endel Ots and Sonnenberg’s Everdance ❤️(Johnson TN x Zeoliet) w...
08/21/2020

2020 US Festival of Champions - Intermediare 1 Champion: Endel Ots and Sonnenberg’s Everdance ❤️(Johnson TN x Zeoliet) with today’s freestyle score of 77.64%.

From planning the breeding, to birth, to the US Festival of Champions - it’s a journey, filled with love, hope, a rollercoaster of ups and downs, heart ache and heart fulfillment. As her Breeder, we couldn’t have gotten here without these important people in her life:

Endel Ots and Michele Bondy - we thank you both. Endel - we have so much admiration for your highly skilled, world class riding - Endel you are amazing and our partnership is invaluable! Michele - your outstanding riding helped her get to Festival! We have a ton of gratitude for our unbelievable team of riders/trainers and you two together have helped to finish Everdance’s training to be the dynamic mare that got an 80% from one of the 5 judges today. We are so proud to partner with you both as it takes a team to do this and we couldn’t have better teammates. All our love to you both!

Judy Reggio - you are responsible for all this. You sold us your incredible mare, Raindancer, and she helped to create our breeding program. Our dearest friend Judy, we thank you!

Christophe Theallet, thank you for all the coaching these past few years. Your contribution to our horses is measurable and we thank you.

Charlotte Bredahl! Charlotte, your meticulous eye and coaching has helped us pull it all together with Everdance! Thank you Charlotte.

USEF for working so hard to make 2020 Festival happen!

Former riders and coaches including Brooke Voldbaek and Stephen Birchall, Heather Oleson (and others) for your help and development of this wonderful mare.

Of course, all the people at Sonnenberg who take care of our horses, Jessica, Kayla, Armando, Elsa - thank you for the meticulous care of our horses.

Lastly, congratulations to all the amazing riders and horses competing at Festival - what a class of top horses and riders!

Thank you to ALL who have contributed to this honor. We are truly excited, yet humbled.

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Sonnenberg’s Kain and Michele finish third in the first leg of the 2020 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships 5 year old...
08/20/2020

Sonnenberg’s Kain and Michele finish third in the first leg of the 2020 Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships 5 year old division, despite some initial tension as he entered.

We are so proud of this pair and they’ll be ready to rock it in the final on Saturday! Please help us wish them luck!

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

08/19/2020

75.44% and a victory for Endel & Sonnenberg’s Everdance (Johnson TN x Zeoliet) at the 2020 US Festival of Champions - Intermediare 1. Stay tuned for the Friday finale and their exciting new freestyle! #mustwatch #usefnetwork

A quick congratulations to our friend David Blake and his amazing mare Heide Spirit, they delivered a beautiful test today and are sitting in second. #westcoastdressage

Thank you ALL who have helped us on this crazy journey! #everdance

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Bred for Mind and Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Endel and Everdance clinched the top spot in the first round today at the 2020 US Festival of Champions - Intermediare I...
08/18/2020

Endel and Everdance clinched the top spot in the first round today at the 2020 US Festival of Champions - Intermediare I Championships. They delivered a beautiful and harmonious ride today with two more rounds to go. We are so proud of them both and proud that Everdance is US bred and born! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Please help us wish them luck for tomorrow’s ride!

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Bred for Mind and Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

One more week before the start of the 2020 US Festival of Champions 🇺🇸🏆! Wishing ALL competitors a safe journey to Chica...
08/11/2020
#1 Ranked Endel Ots and Sonnenberg’s Everdance Head to 2020 U.S. Intermediare I Championship

One more week before the start of the 2020 US Festival of Champions 🇺🇸🏆!

Wishing ALL competitors a safe journey to Chicago and the best of luck!

Of course we are excited to see Endel and Everdance perform in the Intermediare 1 Championships as well as Michele and Kain (the 2019 US Champion for Four-Year-Olds) compete in the 5 year old division this year. We’re so proud of them both!

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind and Movement...
...Born to Perform

https://www.eurodressage.com/2020/08/10/endel-ots-qualifies-sonnenbergs-everdance-2020-us-intermediare-i-championship

“Congratulations to Sonnenberg Farm for breeding, and Michele Bondy for helping develop, this top international mare, and thank you so much, Charlotte Bredahl, for your coaching through the season,” a grateful Endel Ots posted to his Face Book page last week shortly after learning that he and So...

Here’s Paris S ♥️ (Vivino x Furstenball x Sandro Hit). We named him Paris as he’s like an international fashion model - ...
07/22/2020

Here’s Paris S ♥️ (Vivino x Furstenball x Sandro Hit). We named him Paris as he’s like an international fashion model - tall, leggy, modern and elegant (pic at 1 week old).

His amazing dam is Fine Time, (Furstenball x Sandro Hit) who was a 5 year old finalist at the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo and his sire is our favorite young stallion, Vivino (Vivaldi x Dancier), who we believe will be a top global dressage horse in the coming years. We absolutely love Vivaldi blood mixed with power and we think Paris captures the perfect balance of Dutch and German blood but bred and born in the US! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 More pictures and videos to come - stay tuned...

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2017 North American Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

Pleasuredale S ♥️, (Glamourdale x Wynton x Ferro) affectionately known as “P-Diddy” is a 2020 KWPN black c**t (once he s...
07/21/2020

Pleasuredale S ♥️, (Glamourdale x Wynton x Ferro) affectionately known as “P-Diddy” is a 2020 KWPN black c**t (once he sheds out) and has been sold to one of our favorite and accomplished PNW riders, McKenzie Milburn.

McKenzie is now a working student with Rigdon/Blake stables near San Diego and we are looking forward to the future of this pairing. P-Diddy is half brother (same dam) to a licensed stallion in Denmark and to our home bred Modern Pleasure S, (previous posting), a very exciting young stallion as well. P-Diddy stems from a super mare-line that has produced licensed stallions and international dressage horses.

We have high hopes for this team, so please help us congratulate McKenzie. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind and Movement...
...Born to Perform

07/20/2020
Modern Pleasure S

Modern Pleasure S ♥️, (Expression x Wynton x Ferro) 3 year old KWPN stallion. This was his 3rd ride in the big arena and at 17 hds and only 3 years old, such expression, suppleness and balance. Great job Michele Bondy! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind and Movement...
...Born to Perform

Introducing Pleasuredale S ❤️, by World Champion 🏆 Glamourdale out of Gold Pleasure, elite (Wynton x Ferro). This exciti...
04/26/2020

Introducing Pleasuredale S ❤️, by World Champion 🏆 Glamourdale out of Gold Pleasure, elite (Wynton x Ferro). This exciting black c**t stems from a super mare-line that has produced KWPN approved stallions and some super FEI horses. Pleasuredale (“P-Diddy” is his nickname) thinks he’s pretty special and at a couple of weeks old here, is already saying hello to the ladies. #🇺🇸bred #teamsonnenberg

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2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind & Movement...
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04/20/2020
Generosa S & Michele

Girl Power! 🇺🇸💪💞 Some video updates of Generosa S, ❤️ keur, (Uphill x Farrington x Jazz) and Michele Bondy 😘. “Jenna” is getting stronger 💪 and developing for the small tour - Michele is doing a fantastic job 😊!

Generosa S is from our “Rosa” mare-line and has had two foals for us. The first foal she carried in 2018 and we just had another one this year (via ET). Both of her offspring are by Franklin and this year’s c**t (Princeton S 😍) is incredible! His older full-sister (Nadia d’Rosa S ❤️) earned the highest movement score for dressage foals in the KWPN-NA in 2018.

Jenna herself was North American Champion 🏆 KWPN mare and Reserve Champion 🏆 at the USEF/Markel 🇺🇸National Dressage Championships 🇺🇸 for four-year olds in 2015.

Jenna has the talent to go all the way to Grand Prix and as a working mother, she is showing us she can do it all!

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2017 North American Breeder of the Year

Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

03/25/2020
Primrosa S at 4 days old

Sharing more happiness... ❤️ Primrosa S

That canter! 👀 Will that not be a blast to ride? 🥰🥰🥰

Primrosa S is by Secret out of the top producing "Rosa" mareline. Her dam, ❤️ Juliette d'Rosa S (Ampere x Farrington x Jazz) was North American KWPN Reserve Champion Mare and her aunt, ❤️ Generosa S (Uphill x Farrington x Jazz) was North American KWPN Champion Mare and Markel/USEF Res. National Champion for four year olds in Chicago. That canter combines her mare-line (reliable, large & supple canters) with the amazing stallion 💪 Secret!

So fun to see the generations progress as a breeder.

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Bred for Mind & Movement...
...Born to Perform

2017 North American KWPN Breeder of the Year

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Beautiful facility, knowledgeable owners, trainers, and staff. Dutch focus.
Everdance S (Johnson x Zeoliet) and I at the Christophe Theallet clinic this past weekend. Thank you so much for the lessons Christophe! ED was super. Thank you to Laura Frederiksen-Park and Emily Park for being such great hosts!! Lastly, thank you to Sonnenberg Farm (Gina Gaumer Ruediger) for their continued support. Can't wait for the next clinic and upcoming show season! #sonnenbergfarm
Thank you Dan and Gina [and everyone else who made this possible] for hosting this year's KWPN Keuring. Spectacular!
You have stunning horses. Well done!