Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the silver medal with Ciel Oriental while his son, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Al Maktoum took bronze, and it was no surprise when the UAE claimed the team title, finishing well ahead of the French in silver medal position and Germany in bronze.
Sheikh Mohammed was in the lead at the first vet-gate ahead of Ponton in second, and the eventual winner was still lying in runner-up spot at vet-gate 2. But she established a 12-second advantage at vet-gate 3 and once she got the bit between her teeth she didn't let go. She increased her lead to 33 seconds at vet-gate four but it was on the final loop that she left the rest behind, pushing for home. She really moved on in the closing stages, completing the last loop at an average of 29.44 kilometres per hour and although Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan were considerably faster, averaging 31.66 kilometres on this part of the course, Ponton's overall average speed won the day.
Back in the field, a battle for fourth place ensued between The USA's Heather Reynolds, riding Ssamiam, and Jean-Philippe Frances riding Hanaba du Bois for France in the closing stages. Reynolds left the final vet-gate in second position behind Ponton, but was overtaken by Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan and it was the Frenchman and his 2007 European Championship winning horse who finished just outside the medal placings in the final analysis.
The wife will be pleased: second placed rider, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, husband of FEI leader Princess Haya, riding Churing Kagebee.
"There were a lot of good horses and the track was really strong. People said it would be easy because the course was flat but it wasn't flat at all!" she said.
She admitted that securing this title so soon after the birth of her baby was something of a tall order. "I thought it was probably impossible to compete at the Games once I was pregnant. But I was riding him for the first five months and my husband took him over then. I've been back riding for the last couple of weeks," she explained to astonished listeners.
Talking about Nobby she said "he has a huge heart and it responds really well but when he wins a race he doesn't just win it with his heart, he also wins it with his head!" she pointed out. She said that this win was much more difficult than the one she faced when taking the World title in Malaysia two years ago - "I had to fight much harder against almost 20 horses today," she said. "In this sport you have many sad days, then some happy days, but days like today are something very special," she said.
Nobby will now have a two-month break but he won't be turned out in a field because he travels with Ponton wherever she goes and she is now heading back to Dubai where she spends half the year - the other half based in England.
Her next target may be the 2011 European Championships, but for today she was just delighted with her extraordinary horse and happy to return to her baby daughter to tell her the good news.
Those who saw the 34-year-old rider and her incredible 15-year-old horse finishing so fresh and elated today knew they were watching a special moment in the history of any sport - they were simply in a class of their own.
The winning team from the UAE completed with a combined time of 23:53:36.
The third-placed German team were one of the surprises of the competition.
Japan fielded a team for the first time in these championships, but did not complete.