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Seventh Heaven



Seventh Heaven was sired by Dun-Haven Crescendo, herd sire at Tom and Jean Oxley’s Cockleburr Farm, and was out of the proven show mare, Sedore's Carnation Cadenza, owned in Ontario by John and Karen Brunton. Cadenza was a cross of the Carnation King line on the Jubilee line which gave true pony type and outstanding motion and desire.

Cadenza had a long career as a harness pony with various owners and ended her show career with the Bruntons, making a final show appearance at the 1988 Royal Winter Fair. The cross of Dun-Haven Crescendo with Cadenza produced two foals – a filly in 1990 named Heaven Sent, and a stallion in 1991 named Seventh Heaven.

Maturing in the pastures of the Brunton Stables, Heaven Sent would start her show ring career at Ottawa Valley shows. The 1991 stallion foal caused more excitement than the filly. The colt developed a long neck that could naturally tip at the poll, a floating trot, and was lightly shown in harness. The Junior Harness Pony class at the 1995 Royal Winter Fair would be one of his few performances in harness but it would be a good indication of the future, claiming victory in front of judge Lawrence Carss. His potential also was seen by the owner of Dun-Haven Crescendo who appreciated the ability and pedigree of the pony.

Seventh Heaven began his breeding career in 1997 and his first crop produced Moma's Boy. Bred and started in harness by Tom and Jean Oxley, Moma’s Boy developed into a talented Pleasure pony under the ownership of the High Spirits Farm of Missouri and carried a show name of One More Time. The Pleasure pony division was still gaining prominence and One More Time became the standard of perfection in the division.

The following season produced another outstanding pony that would leave its mark on the Roadster pony division. Calvin Hobbs would become one the greats in the Road pony division in the U.S., winning at the highest level for many owners.

Soon others were taking notice of the outstanding get being produced and, during his breeding career, Seventh Heaven has sired 52 ponies in the Canadian Hackney Society Stud Book, plus 23 are recorded in the American Stud Book.

Joint Venture, Hopkins, Backstage Pass and Lucky in Love are some of the ponies that got their start in Canada, were shown by various exhibitors, and have been successful in their show ring careers.

Seventh Heaven is the result of a small astute breeding program that has made an impact on the Hackney Pony in North America.


(Inducted March 2019)


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