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Bernwode Brokat

Approved German Riding Pony Stallion Chestnut
146 cms - Born 1997
Licensed Weser Ems Studbook (Germany), SPSS and NPS (UK)



Brokat won his first attempted affiliated dressage competition at novice level in January 2003 with Louise Crutcher setting the pattern for an excellent season. Having won the selection trials for Blarney Dressage Festival in Ireland, Louise and Brokat went on to represent England at this event, not only helping their team to Gold Medal victory but also taking the Individual Gold Medal on 73.5%.


In 2004 Brokat competed his first FEI Team test at the Addington Premier League show. In a large class of established FEI ponies he finished in 5th place ahead of two former European Team ponies!


Brokat continued to compete with a variety of younger pony riders proving to be an outstanding FEI schoolmaster both in training and competition helping his young riders attain selection for the U21’s Teams and qualifying for the Regional Finals.  During this time Brokat happily combined his stud work alongside his competition achievements proving his easy going, generous nature.


As result of his growing popularity as a sire, it became necessary for Brokat to take a break from competing due to the problems of combining the FEI season with his ever growing responsibilities to mare owners.  Instead he spent the summer months ‘On Call’  which enabled him to offer an efficient and personal service to his mares at the appropriate moments!  However, Brokat's experience and good nature were still called upon to progress the training of several up and coming young dressage riders at home and at Stallion Displays. Spare time in his busy schedule was spent roaming the Somerset hills and overseeing the upbringing of his foals! In short, enjoying a perfect life balance!


In September 2011, Brokat was invited to attend ‘Selection Trials’ with his new partner, 12 yr old Ruth Hole. On the strength of his performance at these trials the combination was selected for the coveted ‘International Pony Dressage Squad’ (GB top 10 potential combinations for 2012 International competition) and attended the winter training with Peter Storr under the watchful eyes of the GB Pony Team selectors. This is a remarkable achievement for a pony that also headed the Sire Rankings in the same year and had sixteen foals due the following season!   


2012 Shows


In 2012 Brokat concentrated solely on his competition career with remarkable success.  As the season progressed Brokat’s physical fitness and Ruth’s confidence steadily grew as did their Premier League percentages.  This resulted in selection to represent Great Britain in Moorselle (Belgium) and Pompadour (France)  from where the jubilant pair returned as the highest placed British combination. 



Bernwode Brokat was approved and licensed with Weser Ems Studbook, the German Oldenburg studbook for ponies, before being imported to Great Britain by his current owner as a three year old in 2000.  He is approved for breeding in the UK with the Sports Pony Studbook Society (SPSS Elite) and the National Pony Society (NPS). 


Brokat boasts an outstanding temperament, good conformation and excellent jumping ability which, combined with his wonderful paces and proven pedigree, ensures a 'top class' sire of sports ponies


In 2003 Brokat was promoted to ‘permanently graded status’ with the SPSS on the strength of the quality of his offspring and his own competition career and in 2012 he gained promotion to the SPSS studbook’s highest status of ‘Elite’ to acknowledge his selection to represent his country in FEI International Dressage.


Since 2002 Brokat’s popularity has increased by the season attracting a growing number of mares of differing types, breeds and sizes including the Athens Olympic Event Team member, The Wexford Lady! Brokat has an excellent record of pregnancies from one insemination and has proved his fertility with mares who have previously failed to conceive.   As his children continue to impress many mare owners are returning for second, third and even fourth foals, finding their older offspring to be both talented and a delight to work with.


5 year old Woodwalton Bhaltair




In 2006, Brokat's eldest son, Bernwode Benedict, successfully licensed with the SPSS and in the same year his 2 year old son, Bernwode Britvik,  was awarded Elite Premium and Reserve Champion 2 year old Pony at the British Breeding Futurity Final.  In 2007, all of Brokat's entered stock achieved First Premiums in the Futurity Series followed by First and Elite Premiums for his children in following years.  Read more about his progeny's Futurity successes on the News page.  


2009 Elite Premium Winner Bernwode Britvik



The 2009 Futurity Sire Rankings listed Brokat as the Top UK Sire of Sports Ponies on the strength of his progeny’s results and at the 2010 Annual Breeders Awards Dinner he was presented with a scroll of honour as The British Horse Foundation & British Breeding ‘Leading Sire of Sports Ponies over All Years’. In 2009 Brokat also received the Sports Pony Studbook Society’s prestigious ‘Dancer Medal’ awarded annually for excellence in breeding or competition.


At the 2009 SPSS Mare grading two Brokat daughters successfully graded into the studbook, Woodwalton Brindizi and the three year old, Mademoiselle. The latter graded on a huge mark of 87.12% which qualified her for the prestigious Head Studbook. Not only did Mademoiselle become the SPSS 2009 Champion Mare but she was also awarded the highest mark achieved at an SPSS mare grading to date!




In 2010, Brokat was again acknowledged as Leading Sire of Sports ponies in the BEF Futurity Evaluations. He had the excellent average score of 8.84 from his top 3 progeny with the contributing scores coming from the Elite Premium foal Treasure (out of The Wexford Lady by Fine Blade) who was also the highest placed pony at the Futurity Event Horse Finals at Osberton; High First Premium (and highest scoring 3 year old sports pony) Rosewater Breant (out of Delphi by Dornick B) and High First Premium 2 year old Kingswalk Moonraker (out of Kingswalk Sheer Havoc by Chiddock Fankino).


To confirm Brokat’s reputation as a leading sire his 2006 son, Bernwode Broadway, stood Champion Stallion at the SPSS Grading with the highest score of the weekend. Read more about this and other 2010 News here.


Broadway at the SPSS Grading


In 2011, Brokat ranked 17th on the overall BEF Sire list, the only pony sire to achieve a top 20 placing.  As a result, Brokat was acknowledged once again as Leading Sire of Sports ponies in the BEF Futurity Evaluations, this time based on his top 5 progeny scores.


Brokat’s older offspring are also showing their talent and trainability in the show ring and increasingly under saddle.  The 2010 SPSS Champion Stallion, Bernwode Broadway and 2009 SPSS Champion Mare, Mademoiselle are now in training for FEI dressage competition and Delaroche Birthday Girl, retained her 2010 BD 4yr old Young Dressage Pony title by winning the 5 yr old class in 2011.  Brokat’s progeny are also showing an enormous, athletic jump, his 2011 colt foal, Bolero, being overall Champion Event Pony at the Futurity Evaluations achieving Elite status and qualifying for the finals at Osberton.





 Piran John Halifax

 Bwlch Hill Wind

 Arden Domino

 St. Lawrence Lilactime

 Arthur Sullivan xx

 Downland Candytuft


 Diamant II

 Dakota I



 Cilwych Frantic

 Crwydryn Betsan



Bernwode Brokat's bloodlines trace back to some of our superb Welsh ponies such as Bwlch Hill Wind. He also carries the time honoured Downland blood found in so many of the most successful ponies in both Great Britain and mainland Europe.


Brokat's sire Brillant was one of the most prolific sires of successful dressage and jumping ponies in Germany, having competed himself to a high level in both disciplines in open classes. For three consecutive years he was the top sire of German dressage ponies and within the top three sires over a period of six years! He is famous for passing his kind, easy temperament and athletic sporting ability to his children. Brillant sired many State Premium daughters and a remarkable total of thirty seven licensed sons. Sadly this wonderful sire passed away in 2004 but still plays a major role in the pedigrees of Europe’s top competition ponies.


Cornelia, Brokat's dam, is by the notable pony stallion Diamant II who won a Gold Medal for Germany as a member of the 1982 European Pony Dressage Team in Copenhagen. He too has sired many approved sons and State Premium daughters whose descendants are currently competing at International level.


NOTE:  Due to his ongoing FEI Competition commitments Bernwode Brokat will only be available via frozen semen during the 2013 stud season.  Interested mare owners should email or telephone the stud to request a stud package and to discuss terms and suitability.    (Click here for contact details).





Bernwode Benedict - SPSS licensed stallion, born 2002

Bernwode Birgitta - SPSS graded mare, born 2002

Bernwode Bugatti - born 2005

Bernwode Broadway - SPSS graded stallion, born 2006

Bernwode Britvik - born 2007

Bernwode Bling - born 2009

Bernwode Golden Delicious - born 2009

Bernwode Golden Wonder – born 2011

Bernwode Brahms - born 2012

Bernwode Bijou – born 2012


Click here for details of some of Brokat's offspring bred by other studs and private mare owners.




At home - May 2010


Brokat with Gemma Abram


2012 International Team Picture



2012 Premier League


Squad Training 2012


With Ruth at Selection Trials in 2011


Summer 2007


U21s England Team Spring 2005


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Bernwode Brokat ridden by Sam Brown with owner Sarah Steggall receiving the 'Dancer Medal'


At home - May 2010


Stallion display - 2004


At home - Spring 2003


Fun in the snow - 2001


A selection of Bernwode Brokat's awards and rosettes


Sire - Brillant


Damsire - Diamant II