The stud was founded in 1972 by my late
husband Gösta and me. We bred some Shetland
ponies and Swedish Warmblood.
We bought our first welsh mountain pony in
1972 from the Egetofte Stud in Denmark.
It was Egetofte Sunflower
(Belvoir Dandelion x Gwyndyuscha Shan) borne
1969. She was in foal to Twyford
(Twyford Grenadier x Pendock Toscanine). The
foal we got was Ekbäckens Moonbeam
and he became our first stud stallion.
We bought some more mares from Egetofte and
the most successful of these were
Ceulan Madam Butterfly
(Pendock Puccini x Gwen Tafarn Jem). She
left some really good stallions and the best
of them were Ekbäckens Krumelur by Ekbäckens
Moonbeam. In 1978 we bought Twyford
Seed (Rowfant Sepoy x Twyford
Mrs A M Mountain, Twyford Stud, Sussex.
Seed was our piece of luck and she became
our foundation mare.
Alison Mountain also became my mentor and a
very good friend and I have been back for
more breeding material from Twyford. Seed
has left us many good daughters and also
some good stallions.
The first years we used Ekbäckens Moonbeam
and then we bought Twyford My Man
(Twyford Teme x Twyford Moonbeam) and both
these stallions clicked with Seed and her
daughters. Moonbeam and My Man both got
They were at the time the only stallions
with this premium grade.
In 2000 we bought Heniarth Mr Milligan
(Roseisle Pandutudyr x Sunwillow Mutters)
and he was an outcross that suited our
breeding very well. Our friendship with
Meirion Davies and Richard
Miller from the Heniarth Stud
resulted in Mr Milligan going back to Wales
for two years for breeding and showing and
he was very successful in both roles.
As a substitute for Mr Milligan we got
Heniarth Yarra-Glen (Nerwyn Cadno
x Sunwillow Yasmin) for two years and he
very good off spring both at our stud and at
Some of the ponies at the stud compete in
dressage, show jumping and eventing
After my husbands death in 1999 I managed
the farm and the stud on my own till 2005
when my son Johan moved to the farm
built new stables and riding hall. He has
a small breeding of warmblood and he brakes
horses to ride and show them and ride them
He also have pupils and give private lessons
in show jumping.
There are about 15 welsh mountain ponies at
the stud and we have 3 to 5 foals every
year. We have three welsh mountain
stallions at the moment – Heniarth Mr
Milligan, Vardra Santos
and Ekbäckens Juggler.
I have been very much involved in the
Swedish Welsh Pony & Cob Society over the
years and I am doing a Swedish Welsh Pony
Year Book since 1993. I have many contacts
abroad and that have given me a lot of
pleasure and many friends all over the
The stud is situated outside the little town
Valdemarsvik on the east side of Sweden on
the Baltic and we are about 250 km
south of Stockholm.
Visitors are always welcome!
Ekbäcken in September 2008