CAt the 2012 Oldenburg Stallion Days, the two-time Reserve World Young Horse Champion and successful Grand Prix dressage stallion, Diamond Hit, was honored in an emotional ceremony marking his retirement from sport under rider Emma Hindle of Great Britain. With Emma, Diamond Hit achieved 16 placings at Grand Prix and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games.
In the same ceremony, Diamond Hit's remarkable 25 year old dam, El.St. Loretta, was also presented and honored. In addition to Diamond Hit, this Elite mare produced the legendary dressage sire, Sandro Hit (Sandro Song), and the Premium stallion, Royal Hit (Royal Dance). Her damsire, Welt As, was also the sire of Bonfire who, under Anky van Grunsven, was one of the most successful dressage horses in history having won the World Cup five times along with individual Olympic silver (1996) and gold (2000).
Diamond Hit's sire, Don Schufro, is an exceptional dressage stallion who, under Andreas Helgestrand, participated in the 2004 Olympic Games after having a great deal of international success at Grand Prix. As a sire, Don Schufro is even more impressive. His 2012 FN Breeding Value Index is 170/96% which places him first on the FN's Dressage Sire list of the year.
Diamond Hit's abilities as a sire are also outstanding. He has produced 46 licensed stallions, over 40 States Premium Mares/Candidates, and 37 dressage horses competing at the highest S Level in Germany including Dark Diamond who placed 3rd under Hubertus Schmidt at the Stuttgart CDI5*. Two other Grand Prix horses are Diamantina ridden by Maree Tomkinson and Loxana ridden by Maria Anita Andersen. The Nurnberg Burgpokal finalist, Della Cavalleria, also owes her talent to her sire, Diamond Hit.
Diamond Hit has also produced a tremdous amount of talent for the auctions, the Bundeschampionate, and the World Championships for young dressage horses. Every year, numerous offspring compete in Warendorf. Diamond Hit's licensed son Donavan was the 2005 Bundeschampion of the four-year old stallions and his daughter Loxana was the sovereign champion of the Oldenburg Elite Mare show in Rastede where ten Diamond Hit daughters were named State Premium Mares.
Diamantbörse was the Oldenburg Regional Champion for the three-year old riding horses and achieved the bronze medal at the World Championship for young dressage horses in 2008. The Marbach sire, Diamond Star, placed fifth in a group of strong competitors in the class for young dressage horses. Another standout son is Don Diamond who made headlines as the southern German licensing winner, regional champion, southern German champion and reserve Bundeschampion. In 2012, Don Diamond was honored as the Master Stallion of the Year in Stuttgart.
The most recent stallion highlights sired by Diamond Hit are Daily Deal (NRW reserve champion 2010), Dr. Watson (premium stallion Verden 2012) and Diamond Magic (NRW premium stallion 2012).