History

 

Furunäs Stud was founded in 1965 by my father Bengt Ohlsson, when he and my mother Rose-Marie bought the farm Furunäs, located about 15 km south of Kristianstad in Skåne. Me and my brothers Per-Ola and Jens grew up in this beautiful environment but I was the only one who followed in my parents footsteps, sharing their love for horses. At an early age, my brothers preferred the world of football.


Furunäs Stud, Kristianstad, Skåne

Over the years, apart from Shetland ponies, we have also bred Swedish Warmblood horses, New Forest ponies and Arabian – New Forest cross breed ponies.

With regards to the Swedish Warmblood horses, I would like to point out the earliest ancestor on the stud, the elite mare 1) Trixie 9773 by Toreador 418 – Toddhurst XX, from the famous Piledal bloodline in Trelleborg in Skåne. Trixie was a half sister of the show jumping stallion Krocket 651. Her first offspring some 30 years ago was V65 Shoot (former called Trixon) by Utrillo 432, who became Swedish Champion in show jumping with rider Peter Eriksson and also won the Valörpokalen (The Value Trophy) among other championships. In the 80’s she got Trend by Gassendi 422, who because of his excellent movements won Swede Horse and who was unbeaten during his dressage career, with rider Jan Brink. A few years later, the stallion Maximilian by Martini 744, was born and later on exported to the UK.


Furunäs Stud - Summer relaxation in the forest

Several successes have been achieved during the years to follow, with for instance two Breeders Trophy victories in show jumping. Tiffany, born in 1987 by Magini 695 – Kadrilj 573, won in 1993 both Breeders Trophy and became the same year Sweden’s Show Jumper of the Year and later on 3rd in the Swedish Championships in show jumping with rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. The next Breeders Trophy victory came with Omar Sharif by Opius 855 – Brabant 448, who won as a five year old and the following year became the most successful Swedish bred horse at the Falsterbo International Horse Show and was rewarded the Stallion Owners Great Prize.


Lottie and Rita af Nörvang RS 264, BIS Båstad 1973

 The Shetland pony breeding is however the basis for the success that have made Furunäs Stud famous, not only in Sweden but also abroad. The earliest ancestor on the stud, the mare Harviestoun Priscilla RS 7, by Harviestoun Habbie RS 4, out of Harviestoun Pepita SPSB 5134, was imported from England during the winter of 1965. She carried a foal by Royal Sovereign SPSB 1716 and gave birth to the fillie Pippilotta RS 153 in 1966. After a couple of years, Pippilotta was sold to a family further north in Sweden, where she continued breeding. Before she left Furunäs, however, she produced in 1973 the elite mare Furunäs Petronella RS 654, by Rosolio of Transy RS 63, who in her turn produced many successful offsprings. 


Furunäs Petronella RS 654, Bjärsjölagård

Petronella was the mother of two licensed stallions: 1988 she had Furunäs Fernando RS 258, by Rosafir of Transy RS 66, who twice has become Best in Show (BIS) and was rewarded 44 p 2). He has also shown his strong breeding qualities by winning the Major Stallion League for both 2002 and 2004. 3) Fernando is now owned by the Norling family at Haganäs Stud in Dalarna. In 1989 Petronella had Furunäs Bonzo RS 269, by Onyx v. St. Geerhof  RS 204, now owned by Cattis Öhman at Ekskogens Stud in Stockholm.

Among Petronella’s daughters, I would like to mention the elite mare Furunäs Petra RS 883, by Rosafir of Transy RS 66, who in her turn is the mother of the elite mare 4) Furunäs Paljette RS 1196, by Dulex RS 110, who became Mare of the Year in Sweden in 1984. Paljette remained unbeaten in the show ring and became the best Shetland at the Elite Horse Show in Linköping in 1987 as well as Champion Fillie in Kävling the same year. In 1990, Petronella was sold together with her daughter Paljette to Hormesta Stud.


Furunäs Paljette RS 1196 (3 years old), BIS Elite Horse Show, Linköping 1984

In 1967, Priscilla had the colt Furunäs Pinocchio RS 58, by Lilleman RS 11. He was sold as a licensed stallion to the Sand family in Gunhult, Småland. In 1975, he became Champion Stallion and Reserve BIS in Kävlinge. In 1968, his full sister Furunäs Pamela RS 343 was born. This beautiful mare, who was rewarded gold several times, had many excellent daughters. Two of them, full sisters by Rosafir of Transy RS 66, were rewarded elite: Furunäs Pomona RS 824, born in 1976 and Furunäs Pandora RS 938, born in 1978.


Furunäs Pomona RS 824 (20 years old), Norra Åsum 1996

These two mares also had excellent offsprings. The most successful was Pandora’s daughter Furunäs Panette RS 1313, by Dulex RS 110, who already at the age of three became Champion Fillie and BIS at the National Shetland Horse Show at Strömsholm in 1985. After she had been sold to Per Larsson, she again won BIS at Strömsholm a couple of years later. Unfortunately, she passed away much too early.


Furunäs Panette RS 1313 (3 years old), BIS Strömsholm 1985

Before she died, however, Panette gave birth to three foals; the licensed stallion Furunäs Sahib RS 243, by Gletness Rockall RS 155, and two diploma daughters, the elite mare SUCH 5) Furunäs Paulette RS 1998, e. Rosafir of Transy RS 66 and Ytterhalls Brusa RS 2353, by Skäpperöds Asterix RS 183. Sahib has become Champion Stallion and Reserve BIS with 42 p.

In 1983, Pandora had the son Furunäs Porfyr RS 222, by Galax RS 138, who has been very successful, both in breeding but also in the show ring.


Furunäs Paulette RS 1998 (8 years old), Nossebro 1994

 In 1973, Priscilla had Furunäs Penny RS 653, by Rosolio of Transy RS 63. This beautiful mare started her career by winning gold in the class for two year old fillies in Kalmar in 1975 and finished it by becoming Champion Mare in Kävlinge in 1983. Unfortunately, she died already in 1984 but had by then had many promising offsprings.

Priscillas next daughter was born in 1976, Furunäs Patricia RS 825, by Rosafir of Transy RS 66. Patricia had several nice daughters, among them the elite mare Furunäs Paulina RS 1372, by Dulex RS 110. Paulina in her turn has produced two licensed stallions (Gläntans Pirat RS 274, by Kärlingehults Orkan RS 176 and Gläntans Porjus RS 352, by Aramis RS 246) and three diploma mares (Gläntans Petronella RS 3023, by Almnäs Origo RS 198, Gläntans Pilar RS 3408, by Gläntans Cross RS 249, and Gläntans Pingla RS 5417, by Gläntans Fogde RS 392). Patricia herself became Champion Mare at Bjärsjölagård in 1988.


Furunäs Patricia RS 825, Furunäs Stud

In the early 70’s, we imported a mare from Denmark, Rita af Nörvang RS 264, by Suspect of Marshwood SPSB 1826, out of Rondo of Luckdon SPSB 5714, with the fillie Rebecka af Nörvang RS 800, by Frans af Nörvang DK 67/147, by her side. Rita was very successful in both breeding and the show ring. She became Champion Mare and BIS several times, for instance in Båstad in 1974 and in Kalmar in 1975. Rebecka also won several gold medals and was used in breeding at Furunäs for a couple of years before she was sold to the Sjöberg family in Klagstorp. They used her in a Four-in-hand team (horse & carriage), together with her daughters Furunäs Regina RS 1004 and Furunäs Rosita RS 934, both by Rosafir of Transy RS 66.

In 1973, Rita had the beautiful daughter Furunäs Ramona RS 760 by Rosolio of Transy RS 63, who was sold to Maud Hedberg and later on became Champion Mare several times. When Rosita in 1982 was exported to Finland, this bloodline left Furunäs Stud. It is with great pleasure, however, we have followed Rosita’s success also in Finland, where she later on became reserve BIS in Helsinki in 1984.

 Over the years, we have used many different stallions at Furunäs. During the first 8 – 10 years it was mainly my grand mother’s (Asta Ohlsson at Hammarshus Stud) stallions Lilleman RS 11, by Kirkbride Beau RS 2, out of Sotlugg RS 110, Harviestoun Habbie RS 4, by Balgair SPSB 1403, out of Heleminta of Transy SPSB 4819, and Percy of Netherley RS 37, by Harviestoun Ringan RS 10, out of Harviestoun Polly SPSB 5468.

The major successes, however, came after we imported two excellent Transy stallions in 1972: Rosolio of Transy RS 63, by Hescott of Transy SPSB 1661, out of Rosira of Transy SPSB 4931, and Rosafir of Transy RS 66, by Rosethorn of Transy SPSB 1750, out of Rosemary of Transy SPSB 5504. Rosafir has probably been one of the most successful mare producers in Sweden through the years, only beaten by his son Furunäs Fernando RS 258, out of Furunäs Petronella RS 654.


Furunäs Polkette RS 1197 (3 years old), Bjärsjölagård 1984

For some years we also borrowed Roland Fransson’s stallions Dulex RS 110, by Ulex v.d. Mariapeel RS 34, out of Kirkbride Flake RS 97, and Galax RS 138, by Ulex v.d. Mariapeel RS 34, out of Horshaga Bally RS 26, and both these stallions produced some very good offsprings. Dulex is the father of the successful mares Furunäs Polkette RS 1197, out of Furunäs Pomona RS 824, the elite mare Furunäs Paljette RS 1196, out of Furunäs Petra RS 883, and Furunäs Panette RS 1313, out of Furunäs Pandora RS 938.

Galax is the father of the elite mare Furunäs Perlita RS 1435, out of Furunäs Penny RS 653, who was an excellent broad mare. In 1983, we used Torsten Jeppsson’s stallion Highball of Marshwood RS 165, by Fireball of Marshwood SPSB 1686, out of Duchess of Marshwood SPSB 6325. The result the following year was seven fillies of very high quality.


Furunäs Melissa (2 years old), Uddevalla 2002

Other good stallions that we have borrowed over the years have been the following: Gletness Rockall RS 155, by Fireball of Marshwood SPSB 1686, out of Gletness Rock Rose SPSB 7962, Plutus v. Dorpzicht RS 220, by Light v.d. Vuurbaak NL-S.696, out of Highfield Senga NL-S.22195, Onyx v. St. Geerhof RS 204, by Scurry of Marshwood NL-S.534, out of Gieneke v. St. Geerhof NL-S.17449, Roy v. Bunswaard RS 184, by Rosson of Transy NL-S.596, out of Heloise v. Bunswaard NL-S.19530, Flagg RS 85, by Trim of Marshwood RS 26, out of Rosita RS 102, Furunäs Sahib RS 243, by Gletness Rockall RS 155, out of Furunäs Panette RS 1313, Hormesta Erik Viking RS 325, by Timothy v. St. Geerhof RS 200, out of Asynja RS 2724, and finally Timothy v. St. Geerhof RS 200, by Newton v. Dorpzicht NL-S.745, out of Rosie of Transy NL-S.22164.


Furunäs Gazette RS 3983 (10 years old), BIS Rockelstad 2004

Naturally, Furunäs Fernando RS 258, by Rosafir of Transy RS 66, out of Furunäs Petronella RS 654, was a pleasure to use for many years, and produced many excellent mares. Also Furunäs Sahib RS 243, by Gletness Rockall RS 155, out of Furunäs Panette RS 1313, has produced many beautiful mares who have been successful in the show ring. One of these, Furunäs Melissa, out of Furunäs Filippa RS 3581, won gold at the age of two, and another one is the diploma mare Furunäs Muzette RS 5351, out of Furunäs Gazette RS 3983, who already by the age of two was shown five times and won gold every time and at the top of her class four out of five times. Muzette is today one of the broadmares on the stud and became to our great joy Champion Mare and Best in Show in Rockelstad 2006 with 43 p!

Among the excellent elite mares, we have now come to Furunäs Pomona RS 824. One of her daughters, Furunäs Polkette RS 1197, by Dulex RS 110 is the mother of SUCH Furunäs Gazette RS 3983, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, and Furunäs Heidi RS 3609, by Roy v. Bunswaard RS 184.


Furunäs Orchidé (3 years old), BIS Bjärsjölagård 2005

Furunäs Gazette RS 3983 is today owned by Maria Pettersson, Junibackens Stud. Gazette has been very successful in the show ring, with several BIS and reserve BIS titles, and been rewarded 44 p at the most. She is also an excellent broad mare and one of her daughters, Furunäs Orchidé, by Jolly Roger of Marshwood RS 215, has won several Champion titles as well as a BIS title at the age of 3, with 44 p out of which 10 p for her excellent type. Orchidé is owned by Maria Jansson in Nossebro.


Furunäs Elona RS 3080 (8 years old), Strömsholm 2000

In 1983, Pomona had the diploma mare Furunäs Martina RS 1543, by Galax RS 138, who later on was exported to Norway. In 1992, Pomona had the diploma mare Furunäs Elona RS 3080, by Plutus v. Dorpzicht RS 220, who has given the Norling family at Haganäs Stud in Dalarna much joy and many gold medals!

In 1993, Pomona had the stallion Furunäs Fitzroy, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, who is part of the four-in-hand team (horse & carriage) Ponny Expressen together with the stallions Furunäs Geronimo, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, out of Furunäs Perlita RS 1435, and the full brothers Furunäs Gregory and Furunäs Irokes, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, out of Furunäs Beatrice RS 2329. You can read more about Ponny Expressen in the section Horse & Carriage.


Furunäs Korona (5 years old), Fornboda winter 2003

In 1995, Pomona had the diploma mare SUCH Furunäs Helena RS 4822, by Roy v. Bunswaard RS 1894. In 1998, Pomona had the daughter Furunäs Korona, by Roy v. Bunswaard RS 184, who later on became Champion Mare at the horseshow in Fornboda 2003. In total, Pomona produced 21 foals.


Furunäs Teodora RS 2000 (17 years old), Fornboda 2003

 Pomona’s full sister Furunäs Pandora RS 938 had the following offsprings at Furunäs before she left the stud: earlier mentioned Furunäs Panette RS 1313, by Dulex RS 110, Panette’s full brother Furunäs Porfyr RS 222, who became Champion Stallion at Strömsholm in 1998 and SUCH Furunäs Teodora RS 2000, by Lockinge Mason RS 83. Pandora was owned for many years by Maj Söderkvist at Älvåsens Stud in Falun.


Furunäs Johanna RS 4622 (8 years old), BIS Riddarhyttan 2005

Teodora is the mother of SUCH Furunäs Johanna RS 4622, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258. Johanna is owned by Maria Pettersson at Junibacken Stud and became BIS in Riddarhyttan in 2005 where she was awarded 43 p!

The elite mare Furunäs Perlita RS 1435, by Galax RS 138, out of Furunäs Penny RS 653, is also the mother of a large number of foals. In the magazine Shetlandsponnyn (number 4 – 2000, page 16) there is an article about Perlita and her offsprings. Perlita was owned by Cattis Öhman at Ekskogens Stud for many years. One of Perlita’s most successful offsprings is probably the diploma mare SUCH Furunäs Cynthia RS 2775, by Gletness Rockall RS 155, who has won several gold medals.


Furunäs Perlita RS 1435 (20 years old), Fornboda 2003

Two of her other offsprings, the elite mares Furunäs Roxette RS 2004, by Gletness Rockall RS 155, and Furunäs Benita RS 2736, by Onyx v. St. Geerhof RS 204, have also been very successful. We are very happy to have one of Perlita's daughters as a broadmare at the stud, namely the diploma mare Furunäs Nicolita RS 5152, by Hormesta Erik Viking RS 325.


Furunäs Florette (1 years old), Strömsholm 1994

 It’s worth mentioning that Roxette in 1991 had the elite mare Furunäs Duxette RS 3034, by Plutus v. Dorpzicht RS 220, who in her turn is the mother of the BIS mare Rossmons Daphne RS 5181, by Damit RS 270. In 1992, Roxette had the diploma mare Furunäs Evelyn RS 3168, by Plutus v. Dorpzicht RS 220, who later on became the mother of the licensed stallion SUCH Furunäs Jotex RS 378, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, now owned by Maria Pettersson at Junibackens Stud.


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Henriette RS 5129 (11 years old), BIS in Frillesås 2006
Photo: Yvonne Nilsson

In 1993, Roxette had the fillie Furunäs Florette, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, who at the age of 1 won her class with 42 points. Florette was sold to Maud Tegelberg in Dalarna and was later on tragically killed by a train at a young age.


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Kitty RS 5029 (8 years old), BIS in Köping 2006

In 1994, Roxette had the diploma and elite mare SUCH Furunäs Ginette RS 3607, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, now owned by the Norling family at Haganäs Stud in Dalarna. In 1995 Roxette had the daughter Furunäs Henriette RS 5129, by Roy v. Bunswaar RS 184, who became BIS in Frillesås 2006 with 43 p! In 1996, Roxette had the diploma mare SUCH Furunäs Isolde RS 4289, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, hence a full sister of Ginette, also she successful in the show ring. Roxette is also the mother of Furunäs Kitty RS 5029, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, born in 1998, who became BIS in Köping 2006 with 44 p!


Furunäs Menuette RS 4973 (5 years old), BIS Rockelstad 2005

Furunäs Ginette RS 3607 is the mother of the diploma mare Furunäs Menuette RS 4973, by Furunäs Sahib RS 243, owned by Maria Pettersson at Junibackens Stud. Menuette became BIS in Rockelstad in 2005 at the age of 5 with 44 p! At the stud today we have another one of Ginettes daughters, namely Furunäs Lisette RS 5151, by Flagg RS 85.


Furunäs Benita RS 2736 (14 years old), Axvalla 2003

 Roxette’s half sister, the elite mare Furunäs Benita RS 2736, by Onyx v. St. Geerhof RS 204, has also been very successful. Benita became BIS at the age of 15 in Nossebro 2004, where she was rewarded 43 p. Her first foal, the diploma mare SUCH Furunäs Florita RS 3580, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, became reserve BIS at Bjärsjölagård in 2002. Florita is today one of the broadmares at our stud.


Furunäs Irina RS 4635 (3 years old), Margretehof 1999

In 1996 her full sister was born, the diploma mare Furunäs Irina RS 4635. Irina became BIS in Klippan in 1999 at the age of three. Another full sister, Furunäs Janita, was born at Furunäs before Benita and her daughter Furunäs Kenita RS 5028, also she by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, were sold to Stud Rosenhaga in Skara.


Furunäs Pavlova RS 2003 (15 years old), Borås 2002

 The elite mare Furunäs Paljette RS 1196, by Dulex RS 110, out of Furunäs Petra RS 883, had in 1987 the chestnut coloured elite mare Furunäs Pavlova RS 2003, by Gletness Rockall RS 155. Pavlova is today owned by Skärgårdens Stud and is in her turn the mother of the diploma daughter SUCH Furunäs Evita RS 3060, by Plutus v. Dorpzicht RS 220, who is now owned by the Holst family in Lidköping. Pavlova also had the daughter Furunäs Godiva RS 3606, by Furunäs Fernando RS 258, who is the mother of the diploma and elite mare Furunäs Kirova RS 4548, by Roy v. Bunswaard RS 184.


Furunäs Kirova RS 4548 (5 years old), BIS Strömsholm 2003

Kirova became BIS in 2003 at the winter show in Strömsholm, which pleased her owner Maria Pettersson at Junibackens Stud. Kirova was the only pony that day to be rewarded 10 points for her excellent type.


Furunäs Bonnie RS 2331 (12 years old), Strömsholm 2001

Another mare that I would like to mention is the elite mare SUCH Furunäs Bonnie RS 2331, by Onyx v. St. Geerhof RS 204, out of Furunäs Pensé Spar 38-85-7485, now owned by Cattis Öhman at Ekskogens Stud. Covered by Fernando, Bonnie had three diploma mares within four years; in 1993 she had Furunäs Fergie RS 3582, in 1994 she had Furunäs Ginny RS 3985 and in 1996 she had Furunäs Irene RS 4280. All these mares have in their turn produced excellent offsprings. Fergie is the mother of the licensed stallion Furunäs Nelson RS 444, by Hormesta Erik Viking RS 325, today owned by Skattens Stud. Fergie is also today one of the broadmares on the stud. Another thing worth mentioning is that Irene was awarded Best 3 year old Mare 1999 of all pony races in the Skaraborg county.


Furunäs Irene RS 4280 (3 years old), 1999

 I never would have managed to put together the above History text without the help of my father. For a long time, he has been digging into his notes and his own memories. After having passed on Furunäs Stud to me, I wish him a relaxing and less hectic time and that he for many years to come can continue to enjoy the success of his work, both within breeding and also in show rings around the country.


Lottie and Bengt Ohlsson, horse show in Hjärnarp, mid 80's

Lottie

 

1) A pony is awarded Elite based on the number of offsprings it has and their quality.

2) The point system works as follows:
The pony is judged based on the following five categories:
1. Type
2. Head, neck and body
3. Legs
4. Movements when walking
5. Movements when trotting

In each category, the pony can be rewarded a maximum of 10 points, i.e. each pony can get a maximum of 50 points.

The medals are rewarded as follows:
Gold Medal – between 40 to 50 points
Silver Medal – between 35 to 39 points
Bronze Medal – between 30 to 34 points

3) The result in this league is based on the number of offsprings per stallion that are shown at horse shows during the year and the average of the offsprings points.


4) A mare is rewarded a diploma if she gets 40 points or more when shown at the age of three.

5) SUCH = Svensk Utställnings Champion (Swedish Show Champion) RS = Riksstambok för Shetlandsponnyer (the Swedish Shetland Pony Stud Book)