Emma Hindle's Diamond Hit Retired to Stand at Stud
British Olympic dressage rider Emma Hindle has decided to retire her 15-year old Oldenburg licensed stallion Diamond Hit from competition. The highly proven dressage stallion will now only stand at stud.
During the 2012 Oldenburg Althengst Parade at the annual Oldenburg Stallion Licensing, Hindle presented Diamond Hit in a special retirement ceremony and was visibly moved by emotions. The 25-year old dam of Diamond Hit, Loretta, made a guest appearance and was presented in hand at the parade.
Diamond Hit is a 1997 born stallion by Don Schufro out of Loretta (by Ramino x Welt As). Bred by Gabriele Harder-Brune, Diamond Hit has approximately 32 licensed offspring, including one out of a Brentano I dam at the 2012 Oldenburg Licensing and one out of a Florestan dam at the 2012 Hanoverian Licensing a month ago. The 2011 Westfalian licensing Champion Dubrovnik is by Diamond Hit x Regazzoni x Matador.
Diamond Hit began his career as a premium stallion in 1999. He was reserve Bundeschampion in 2002 under Miriam Henschke and became reserve Young Horse World Champion twice. Emma Hindle acquired the dark bay stallion in 2002 and trained him to Grand Prix level. In 2005 he received the VTV Dressage Stallion of the Year Award.
Amongst his most famous offspring are Grand Prix mares Diamantina (Maree Tomkinson), Dark Diamond (Hubertus Schmidt, Elin Aspnas) and Loxana (2005 Oldenburg Elite Mare Champion, Maria Anita Andersen), the late Bundeschampion Donavan, Nurnberg Burgpokal finallist Della Cavalleria, 2007 South German licensing champion Don Diamond, and many more.
Photos © Astrid Appels
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