Royalwood Merry Music

Oakvale Serenade x Syon Petite (imp)

What can be said about Royalwood’s multi decorated Royalwood Merry Music – exquisite, stunning, superstar are some superlatives that spring to mind when describing this gorgeous example of the Australian Riding Pony.

Sired by Oakvale Serenade (by Syon Royal Portrait (imp)) out of the beautiful imported grey mare Syon Petite (imp) (sod: Keston Tribune (UK)), Blackie, as she is affectionately known, took the show world by storm from the time she stepped out as a youngster in-hand to the time she was retired after taking out Champion Large Pony Hack and Champion Ridden Riding Pony Exhibit at Canberra Royal in 2006, having already been sashed Champion Large Pony Hack at Sydney Royal in 2004 and 2005.

Her early in-hand successes included Supreme Champion Led Young stock in 1999 when later in the day she went on to be awarded the overall Supreme Champion RP Exhibit at the NSW State RP Show.

Not resting on her laurels as a successful in-hand show pony in 2001 Merry Music produced Royalwood Boy Soprano who was sired by imported success story Syon Royal Portrait (imp). Boy Soprano, himself a multi Royal Show Supreme Champion, is already proving himself a prepotent influence on the Riding Ponies of Australia by producing National and Royal Show Champions from his early crops of foals. Whilst in foal Merry Music was sashed Champion Broodmare at NSW Riding Pony Show (2000) prior to making her saddle debut.     

From the time she stepped out under saddle Blackie commanded attention. Her china doll features, elegance, refinement and show pony presence caught the eye of judges and fellow competitors alike.  During her ridden career she achieved an enviable record of titles including:

2001:  EFA Newcomer POTY - SHC Newcomer & Preliminary POTY

2002:  National Champion Senior Led RPOTY  - EFA Runner-up POTY –          SHC Runner up POTY

2003: Canberra Royal Supreme Led RP & Champion Ridden RP Exhibit -                HC Large POTY

2004:  National Champion Led Senior RPOTY
          Canberra Royal Reserve Champion Open Pony Hack
          Grand National Champion Large POTY
          Sydney Royal Champion Large Pony Hack
          EFA Large POTY
          SHC Large POTY
          EFA National Runner-up POTY
2005:  Canberra Royal Champion Ridden RP & Champion Pony Ridden by a          Child
         Sydney Royal Champion Large Pony Hack
         EFA Large POTY
         SHC Large POTY

2006:  Canberra Royal Champion Large Pony Hack & Champion Ridden RP

After such a magnificent career and with nothing left to prove Merry Music was retired to stud. So for now the show scene has said goodbye to ‘Blackie’, she is currently relishing her new role as Royalwood matriarch of the broodmare paddock. However, I have a sneaking suspicion we haven’t heard the last of her by any means, she will undoubtedly star again in the presentations at the A-list events, this time in the black type pedigrees of the ponies donning the garlands.

Enjoy your new role Blackie you’ve earnt the ultimate title ‘Superstar Show Pony’.

(Kindly written by Elizabeth Tomlinson - Carlingford Park).


Syon Royal Portrait (imp) x Chippenham Pop Music

An elegant little riding pony mare standing at 14.1hh. After a most successful in-hand career, Songster stepped out in style under saddle winning EFA and SHC Newcomer Galloway as well as Newcomer Riding Pony of the Year. She was highly decorated at Royal and HOTY level, a winner of the special award 'The Maxwell Sash' Arabian Nationals and multiple Show Champions. She is the dam of the very successful 'Royalwood Songbird' and full sister to 'Oakvale Serenade'.
We would like to express our deep appreciation to Ann Dawn of Oakvale Stud (and owner of Oakvale Songster) for her kindness and generosity in sharing this special little mare with us.

Harrington Park Lotus

Syon Royal Portrait (imp) x Lidstar Lass (t/bred)

A top class 14.2hh riding pony mare. At just a yearling, Lotus was sashed Supreme Overall Riding Pony at Sydney Royal Show. This was to be the first of many broad sashes that was to decorate 'Lotus'. She was an extremely successful ridden Galloway winning at Royal Show and HOTY level.

KNOWING  ( ASB reg'd 'Sunsmart')

Sunmaster (USA) x Picture Perfect

A super quality little 15.2hh hack mare with movement to burn. She is a granddaughter of the very popular showhorse sire 'Century'. Prior to being purchased by the stud this little mare was awarded multiple Royal show wins and HOTY placings under saddle.

Wild Mink II (imp)

Cusop Disciplin x Blue Mink  (owned by Mr Graham Colvin)

Previously Owned Mares


A most beautiful 16hh T/B mare with super movement, a granddaughter of the super hack and race sire 'Lunchtime'. Minne was purchased as a broadmare for the stud in '02 but not retiring from the show ring before taking out the prestigious SHC Hack of the Year Award for us. Minnie was very successfully campaigned with her previous owners winning at Royal Show level and Int. HOTY and multiple Show Champions.

Syon Sugar Baby (imp)
Keston Tribune x Syon Sugar Fairy

Meisha was shown successfully under saddle making her debut at SHC HOTY were she was awarded Newcomer and Intermediate POTY.  She was also NSW Newcomer Riding Pony Champion, then going on to be judged Champion Novice Pony at Canberra Royal in her first season.  The following season she was awarded Runner-Up Open POTY and Res. Childs Pony at Canberra Royal.  Sugar Baby won numerous champions at state shows before she was retired to stud.  Sugar Baby now resides in Qld.

Syon Petite (imp)
Keston Tribune x Marlin Montraceth

Petite was imported as a rising 2 yr old from the UK.  She was only lightly shown in-hand acheiving Supreme Champion R.P. Exhibit at Sydney Royal as a 4 yr old. Unfortunately due to injury she was never shown under saddle.  She is the dam of the very successful Royalwood Merry Music.  Petite now resides in Victoria.

Pictured at right:

Petite and Meisha relaxing at Royalwood prior to foaling.