Tuseday, 3 August, 2010

A peek into the busy schedule of Olympian and Advanced Feeds Sponsored Rider; Sonja Johnson and of course her trusty steed "Ringwood Jaguar"

I leave WA (with Jag and the new kid on the block Ms Nikki Brooks' "Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison) on the 19th August. Both horses are looking awesome. It is a tribute not only to Jag but to the great team around him that at the age of 19 he is possibly going to WEG (World Equestrian Games). Let me assure you having the correct additives for his competitive career certainly have a big part in this. How would his joints be without Advanced Glucosamine Supplement?

My mum, Phoebe, and I will drive the truck to Sydney over 4 days so we will arrive in Sydney on the Sunday.

On a day yet to be told to us we move into SIEC (Sydney International Equestrian Centre) for training camp pre Sydney 3 day. I believe it will be the Tuesday. So that will be the 24th of August.

Over the weekend we will do the WEG 4* test which is the B test. We will do a cross country run of some description but not the full 3 day XC course. Then on Sunday we will Show Jump. On the Monday and Tuesday we have vet checks with Australian team vet, Dr Dennis Goulding.

The team of six will be announced on the 2nd September.

Come the 3rd of September there is the Cantering towards Kentucky fund raising dinner for Megan Jones, Stuart Tinney, Chris Burton and I.

I think we then go back into camp on the 9th of September again at SIEC. From there the current plan is the Australian based horses for Eventing, Dressage, and Para Dressage will all fly out on the 13th from Sydney. The riders, grooms, etc fly on the 14th. The horses go to LA for 3 days quarantine while we go straight to Kentucky. The English based riders will arrive on the 19th September.

Opening will be on the 25th of September with trot up for the Eventers being on the 29th. I hope that is a good omen as it's my mum's birthday. Then there is dressage for the next 2 days. XC on the 2nd then what my diary says is 3rd October "collect medals”. Hey one has to be positive and believe!

Signing off,
Sonja and Jag

Friday, 6 August, 2010


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Thursday, 3 July, 2008

Congratulations to Sonja and Jag!

The teams have been announced and Sonja Johnson will be representing Australia in Eventing. Congratulations to all the others nominated for the Team to Bejing!!! We wish Sonja, Jag and all the team, especially all the West Aussies selected (Hayley Beresford, Laurie Lever & Clayton Fredericks) the best of luck from everyone at Advanced Feeds.

Tuseday, 6 May, 2008

Advanced Feeds sponsoring Olympian in Beijing

Advanced Feeds has proudly sponsored Sonja Johnson in her efforts to represent Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sonja is a local Western Australian Rider, from a rural property in Albany. In recent weeks Sonja and Ringwould Jaguar won the major Australian based Olympic selection trial, Sydney CCI ***. Congratulations to Sonja and the best of luck from the Advanced Feeds team for the announcement of the Australian Olympic team in July this year.

Ringwould Jaguar
Jag is a black 16hh Australian Stock Horse gelding, bred here in WA by Jim and Gussie Saunders. Originally Jag was bred to work cattle, as his breed would suggest, however Jag took a dislike to cattle after being potted by one at a young age. The Saunders gave Jag a shot at jumping with Sonja so he could be sold as a pony club prospect, the rest is history!

Sonja began work with Jag in December 2000, before this time the horse had never jumped. His rise was Meteoric.

  • By 2004 Jag had represented Australia at the World Cup Finals in Pau France coming 5th.
  • In 2005 Sonja and Jag were members of the winning Australian Trans Tasman Team at Adelaide CCI **** and was 2nd individually.
  • 2006 the pair won Melbourne CCI*** and was a member of the Australian Bronze Medal team at the World Championships in Aachen Germany.
  • During 2007 they won Taupo CCI*** in New Zealand.
  • 2008 Sonja and Jag won the Sydney CCI*** by 6.5 penalties.

The pair needs to stay sound, fit and competitive in the lead up to Olympic Sselection, since her campaign this year Sonja has been using Advantage, Glucosamine Supplement and Thia/Mag. Sonja and others have commented on how stunning her horses are looking and performing, with a special mention to Jag's coat which in more black and glossy than ever.

Parkiarrup Illicit Liason
Ben as he is more commonly known is a 16hh 7yo Thoroughbred gelding. The horse has enormous potential and character. Ben is owned by Mrs Olga Reveller of Brookleigh Estate. In his first year of official eventing he was WA's Event Horse of the Year winning 6 two star competition in a row, not a bad effort considering he only entered in 6!  Being an amazing jumper he will improve his dressage as he becomes a stronger more mature horse. Ben has coped well competing in two three star competitions. At Sydney International three day event he was 3rd in the two star and was the youngest horse in the field.

Le Directeur
A real gentleman, 16.2hh, brown 7yo thoroughbred gelding known as Ollie. Ollie was bred in WA by Judith Odgard Baker and another horse with a huge future. Named on the Australian Talent Search Squad Ollie has three exceptional paces a great jump and an amazing ground eating gallop. Ollie has begun his three star career, he placed 2nd at Sydney CCI in the two star and was only beaten by and older horse and only just by 0.4 of a penalty.

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