At 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 44 licensed stallions, 13 States Premium Mares/Candidates, and 18 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, and the 2007 South German Licensing Champion, Don Diamond, also owe their talent to their sire, Diamond Hit.