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Susan McLeod (nee Ralston) grew up on her parents farm north of Glasgow in Scotland and has been involved with ponies from a young age, with both her Father and Grandfather breeding horses.

Although mainly involved in showjumping, Susan always had a keen interest in Highland Ponies.  Her passion started as a young child when she and her family used to visit the McIntosh’s treking centre at Dalbrack, where her mother worked as a teenager.  When Susan was two, her family was very kindly gifted a retired Highland Pony, Flash (see left), by Nancy and Duncan McIntosh and so the dream begins…

Lochnagar Highland Pony Stud is named after the mountain of Lochnagar, one of the most celebrated Munros, a pointed summit rising high above one of Scotland’s most beautiful corries. (Source Walkhighlands).


About Us

Lochnagar is the first Highland Pony Stud to be established in New Zealand.  Situated just north of Auckland in the North Island, Lochnagar Stud’s objective is to introduce and establish the true Highland Pony breed in New Zealand, and produce quality Highland ponies.

Originally bred for working the Highlands of Scotland, bringing the deer down from the hills, Highland ponies are known as one of the most versatile breeds in the World.  You will find them competing in the Dressage, Working Hunter, Hunting, Driving and Showing arenas.

The stud imported it’s first two foundation mares, Avongar Absolutely Fabulous and Moss-side Treanna Mor into New Zealand in December 2011.  The ponies have thrived in the generous climate and the stud has since imported a third filly purchased from Her Majesty The Queen in 2013.  Their breeding is from the ancient champion bloodlines of Croila, Strathmore, Knocknagal, and Dalbrack.

The stud foundation stallion is Torrin of Croila. Supreme Mountain and Moorland champion winner at Horse of The Year Show, Olympia 2010, and father of the 2011 Supreme Mountain and Moorland Champion 2011, Tower Clyde.  A great stamp of the Highland Pony Breed.

News as it Happens

Lochnagar Highland Pony stud is situated north of Auckland, just off State Highway 1 at Dairy Flat.

The Stud is open to visitors. 
 Please call ahead to arrange an appointment: Susie McLeod 021 126 0757

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