Photo By: Bill Alphin

16.0h | 1998 | Hanoverian Stallion

Don Gregory – Hill Hawk xx – Pik Bube II

Licensed in 2000 in Germany, Don Hill completed his 30-day test at Vechta. In 2003 he qualified for the Bundeschampionat under Anja Rietbrock, who also developed the Hilltop stallion Royal Prince in his early years. Don Hill was then exported to England and successfully competed through Prix St. Georges.  In late 2010 Don Hill debuted on the Florida circuit with scores in the high 60s and continues his FEI career with his owner Virginia Leary.

His sire Don Gregory has had an impressive career combining breeding and sport duties.  Under Martina Hannover he was an FEI winner through Grand Prix.  Don Gregory has sired 10 approved sons including Don Davidoff and Day Dream, States Premium and Brillant Ring daughters, and many successful offspring that are winning in FEI dressage competitions around the globe including Don Charly and Daylight.

Don Gregory’s dam, Granate, has also produced the licensed stallions Don Graphit and Playboy, as well as the successful Grand Prix mare Perdita.  Granate is by the versatile Grande son, Graphit who also sired Grundstein I & II and Grannus.

Don Hill dam’s, Hella, is by the important Thoroughbred sire Hill Hawk xx.    Hill Hawk stood in Oldenburg from 1977-1989 and was then stationed at Celle from 1990-1995.  He sired 4 approved sons including Hitchcock.  His descendents have proven their worth as very successful dressage mounts.  Further back in Hella’s pedigree is the stallion Pik Bube II. This combination of Don Gregory x Hella has resulted in three States Premium mares in addition to Don Hill. Hella is also dam to the licensed stallion Demirel (ds. Dimaggio) who was a Bundeschampionat competitor as a five and six year old.

In the fall of 2011, Don Hill was presented to ISR/Oldenburg NA and was Reserve Champion of the licensing. He then went on to compete at the prestigious Dressage at Devon. Looking fit and full of energy, Don Hill won his Stallions In-Hand Class and captured the Devon Stallion Championship.

Don Hill has an uncomplicated character and has very comfortable gaits to ride.  He is a moderate size, has a well-set neck, and a powerful hindquarter. He stood for a limited number of seasons in Germany prior to his export.  His first North American foals arrived in 2013. Don Hill provided a positive impact in each breeding and Don de Lion (ds. Hawthorne) earned an 8.5 on movement at his inspection. At the 2014 Dressage at Devon, Don Hill offspring Don de Lion, Donhaela (ds. Hailo), and Drake (ds. Royal Prince) all earned top ten finishes.

Video & Pedigree

Virginia Leary and Catherine Witt
Hermann Hoelscher
Don Gregory Donnerhall Donnerwetter
Granate Graphit
Hella Hill Hawk xx Sea Hawk xx
Sally of the Hills xx
Pepieta Pik Bube II

Career Highlights

Performance Test:

Lifetime Approval based on 30-Day Test & Sport Record

Approved AHS, ISR/OldenburgNA, & Rhineland

Don Hill offers a strong pedigree that we feel will compliment a variety of mares. He continues to impress us with his character and adaptability and is a perfect partner for his owner.” 

Natalie DiBerardinis, Hilltop Farm's Breeding Manager

2011: Champion Stallion ~ Dressage at Devon

2011: Approved with ISR/Oldenburg NA

2009: Prix St. Georges Freestyle Champion at Northern Winter Final – England

2008: Prix St. Georges debut

2005: Winning at M-level with scores in the 70’s

2003: Qualified for the Bundeschampionat as a 5-year old

2000: Licensed by the Hanoverian Verband

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$1,200 2-Year Frozen Semen
EVA Negative


Frozen semen may be shipped year-round.

Special Discounts Available

Additional Fees - Cooled Semen

Additional Fees - Frozen Semen


Shipment Notification Schedule

**Please review this information with your veterinarian at the beginning of your mare’s cycle** PLEASE NOTE: We don’t accept semen shipment requests via fax or email. Call 410-658-9898 ext. 120 when requesting semen. We appreciate a “heads-up” if possible when your mare enters the start of her heat cycle. Cooled semen stallions may be collected any day except Saturday and can be shipped either via FedEx overnight or same-day Airline. Frozen semen is able to be shipped Monday thru Friday via FedEx overnight. Pick-up of both cooled and frozen semen is also available at Hilltop Farm or Select Breeders Services in Maryland. Our cooled semen season runs from March thru August for most of our stallions. Frozen semen may be shipped year-round. See each specific stallion’s webpage and/or contract for availability.

Monday - Friday: Pick-up, Fed Ex Overnight, or Airline shipments

Please notify our office before 9:00pm eastern time the day prior to collection/shipping. For example: If you want semen collected & shipped on Friday, we need to know by 9:00pm on Thursday evening.

Frozen semen cannot be sent by same-day Airline, so must be sent Monday thru Friday via FedEx or picked-up at Hilltop Farm or Select Breeders Services.

Sunday: Pick-up or same-day Airline Shipments Only

Please notify our office before 5:00 P.M. eastern time on Saturday evening.

Cooled semen stallions will not be collected on Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, or July 4th. (Please note that shipments scheduled the day before and after Holidays may be restricted to airlines or pick-up only depending on FedEx’s schedule)

Call 410-658-9898 ext. 120 when requesting semen.

Canadian Breeders Shipping from Moore Equine

To help our Canadian breeders save on shipping expenses and the hassle of getting an import permit, Hilltop Farm ships a limited amount of frozen semen to Moore Equine in Calgary, Alberta at the start of each breeding season for distribution within Canada. We will ship four doses of frozen semen to Moore Equine for each contract booked prior to this group shipment. Doses will be distributed at a max of two doses per cycle. If a mare is not confirmed in foal after utilizing those doses, it would be necessary for the mare owner to follow our typical import procedure to obtain semen for any additional breeding cycles. All shipment requests for semen in Canada will still be sent to Hilltop Farm and follow Hilltop’s standard notification schedule. For more information on deadlines to be included in the group shipment to Canada or to inquire about frozen semen already located in Canada contact Brittany.

Mare Management Reminders

At Hilltop Farm we want to work closely with you and your veterinarian to ensure a successful breeding season and are available for questions at any time. The following information includes some basic suggestions as well as reminders on a few requirements for your breeding contract.

Links & Downloads

Download Mare Owner's Checklist Download Mare Breeding Passport Submit Foal Announcement

A Breeding Soundness Exam including a uterine culture is recommended, but not required, for all mares prior to breeding. If a mare fails to settle after two breeding cycles, Hilltop Farm will require a culture and cytology to be done at that time prior to any additional shipments of semen. We always recommend your vet checking your mare post-breeding to confirm ovulation. If a mare hangs on to a follicle longer than expected, it can be less expensive to ship additional semen than it would be to breed a second complete cycle. Getting your mare settled in foal is just the beginning. We recommend multiple pregnancy checks to help prevent cases of twins, misdiagnosed pregnancies, or lost time in the breeding season. The following schedule is what we recommend; only the first and fourth checks however are required by your breeding contract.
  • 1st check (Required): 14-16 days post ovulation - optimum time for vet to pinch off a twin if more than a single ovulation is noted.
  • 2nd check (Recommended): 28 days post ovulation – to confirm a viable pregnancy as the heartbeat normally appears by day 25.
  • 3rd check (Recommended): 35-40 days post ovulation – to confirm maintained pregnancy prior to endometrial cup formation. Mares that slip foals early may not come back into heat.
  • 4th check (Required): 55-60 days post ovulation – final confirmation of pregnancy in its critical first trimester.
Following your mare’s 55-60 day pregnancy check, please have your vet finish completing the Mare Breeding Passport and return it to Hilltop Farm by September 15th. This Passport is used in all stallion reports to various breed registries and is used to generate a Breeding Certificate so that you can register your foal.

Registration Information

Your mare’s registration and approval play just as important of a role as the stallion’s approvals when determining registration options for your foal. Please keep in mind that in order to register your foal with a specific association, your mare may first need to be presented to that registry for approval. In addition to the registries a stallion is approved with, there may be additional registration options based on your mare’s eligibility and the stallion’s credentials. If you are confused at all on registration options for a potential foal, please speak with Hilltop Farm and your breed registry PRIOR to booking your breeding.

Don Hill's Approvals

Approved AHS, ISR/OldenburgNA

Additional Registration Possibilities

The following are additional registries with which you may be able to register your offspring. Please contact Hilltop Farm and the Registry directly to discuss your specific mare and requirements.

Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA): Offspring out of KWPN mares and by stallions approved with an Erkend Studbook (including Don Hill) are eligible for Register A papers.

Westphalian Horse Association: Any Westphalian papered and branded mare bred to a Lifetime Licensed and Approved German warmblood stallion (including Don Hill) may register her foal Westphalian.

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Don Hill News

Don Hill Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Our congratulations go out to Diane Richey of Haslet, TX on the arrival of her new Don Hill filly! Born to her Hanoverian mare Wolkentessa, Diane says her new filly is absolutely beautiful! >>>

NEDA Fall Dressage: Congratulations to Virginia Leary on Don De Lion’s (Don Hill-Hawthorne) success at the NEDA Fall Show. “Lion” earned a 3rd place finish with a score of 70.6%. Good boy Lion! >>>

Don Hill Offspring Show At Devon: It is so fun to see Don Hill’s first US foal crops out and showing this season. The oldest, Virginia Leary’s Don de Lion (Don Hill-Hawthorne), bred by Sheila O’Keefe, showed in the Yearling Colts and Geldings to a 7th place finish. >>>




(Don Hill x Marhaela/Hailo)

Don De Lion

(Don Hill x Honey/Hawthorne)

Domingo 616

(Don Hill x Freisturm/Domingo)

Donata VT

(Don Hill x Berimba/Banter)