Royal Diamond passed away

Royal Diamond passed away

Royal Diamond

At the age of 24 Royal Diamond passed away due to heart failure.

The Oldenburg grey stallion, who descended from Rubinstein-Inschallah AA and was born to the hands of Hans Francksen in Butjadingen, had an impeccable carrier. 1996 If-premium stallion of his licensing in Oldenburg, 1997 stallion performance test winner in Neustadt/GER, 1998 lb-main premium winner in Oldenburg, 1999 vice Federal Champion of the five-year-old dressage horses under the American Lisa M. Wilcox in Warendorf/GER, 2000 Federal Champion of the six-year-old dressage horses and VTV-dressage stallion. Afterwards he was placed twice in the Burg Pokal finale of Frankfurt, was declared “Promising Stallion” in the Dutch Zwolle and had 40 victories to his name up to Grand Prix dressages, including the National Championship Weser-Ems.

He also made a name for himself when it came to breeding, being based on the successful damline of Elektia. Eight of his sons were licensed, of which Floggensee’s Royal Dream and Birkhof’s Royaldik are successful up to the advanced (S) classes. More than 20 of his daughters have been awarded state premium. Thanks to the international successes of his offspring, like Royal Happiness OLD, Raffaelo va Bene and Renaissance Tyme, Royal Diamond remains in the Top 50 of the World’s best dressage sires, according to the WBFSH (World Breeding Society for Sporthorses). Therefore Royal Diamo,d’s offspring have been highly desired in auctions: the vice National Champion Royal Deniro reached the price of 320,000 €. Royal Milva toped that by being auctioned off at 380,000 €.

After the sale of the stud Vorwerk, where Royal Diamond and his older full brother Rohdiamant were stationed for breeding, both sires moved to the Dressage Horse Performance Center Lodbergen (DLZ). 2009 was also the year in which Royal Diamond was officially released from the sport. In mid 2012 he was sold to the associated Lee schooling centre and in 2013 he was stationed in the new EU insemination station in the Swiss Bernhardzell, again available to the breeders. Shortly after, the owners decided to give him his well-earned retirement. After that, Royal Diamond lived the final five years of his life in a small retirement group, well cared for on huge pastures in Normandy/FRA, where he also passed away.

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