Maxwellton Pony StudMaxwellton Pony Stud


The Maxwellton Stud was founded in the late 1930's by Mr J.W. Cooper. Originally it was a Clydesdale stud, breeding Champion Clydesdales that were also used on the family farm. The stud still breeds Clydesdales in partnership with Hunter Mc Hugh of Winton, Southland.

In the 1950's Jim Cooper began breeding ponies for the purpose of showing. His children were all keen riders and enjoyed both riding for fun and competition. It is here the foundations were set for the Maxwellton ponies today. The stud used a mix of quality New Zealand, Australian, English and Arab bloodlines, concentrating on conformation, temperament and movement. Mr Cooper was one of the original founders/inspectors for the New Zealand Riding Pony Society, a judge of hacks, ponies and an international judge of Clydesdales.

The stud is now owned and run by Judith Johnson, the daughter of Jim Cooper. It is based on a 50 acre property in Waimate in the South Island of New Zealand. Breeding on average two foals each year the studs focus is on quality not quantity. This can be seen from the results each season.

In 2001 Maxwellton Pony Stud exported the pony stallion Maxwellton Glenthyme (Apsley National Titley - Maxwellton Cameo) to Japan.  This was a major achievement for the stud and the breed to go so far abroad.

Jim Cooper pictured with his grand daughter Penelope JohnsonJim Cooper pictured with his grand daughter Penelope Johnson riding Maxwellton Glenleigh, New Zealand Riding Pony Society Performance Winner.

Maxwellton Glenthyme