Don Principe

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16.2h | 1999 | Hanoverian Stallion

Donnerhall – Prince Thatch xx – Duerkheim

Don Principe is a remarkable FEI competitor who’s proven his ability to sire top-class offspring.  Imported by Maryanna Haymon, Don Principe began his US show career in 2005 with wins at numerous Breed Shows such as the Good Horseman Breeders’ Showcase, Dressage at Lexington, and Dressage at Devon.  His scores were consistent in the 80’s and it was not uncommon for Don Principe to earn a score of 9 for his walk.  That same season, he also showed very successfully in the FEI 6-year old division under Jim Koford and finished in 4th place overall at the National Championships.

Don Principe has continued on to a distinguished FEI career.  In 2008 he won three divisions at the large BLM Finals.  In 2009, Don Principe moved up to Grand Prix and earned top ribbons on the competitive Florida circuit.  Courtney King-Dye began riding Don Principe later that season with immediate success including winning the Wellington Classic CDI Prix St. Georges over a field of 31 entries.  For most of 2010, Don Principe was paired with Jennifer Marchand, assistant trainer to Courtney King-Dye.  In her first season competing at this level, Don Principe and Jennifer qualified for the USEF Intermediaire I National Championships and were Champions at Intermediaire I and Reserve Champions at Intermediaire II for USDF Region 8.  Jennifer Baumert had excellent success with Don Principe in the 2011 and early 2012 show seasons.  The pair ranked 2nd for USDF All-Breeds Awards for both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle in 2010.  They’ve earned multiple wins at Grand Prix and achieved scores as high as 76%.

The talent for the Grand Prix work is no surprise when one reviews Don Principe’s pedigree.  His sire, Donnerhall, has been referred to as the ‘Dressage Sire of the Century.’ Donnerhall was an International Grand Prix star under Karin Rehbein and was on the medal winning German Teams at the World Equestrian Games and European Championships. Even more importantly, Donnerhall has proven to pass his talent for collection and his wonderful work ethic along to his offspring.  Grand Prix descendants of Donnerhall include Don Schufro, De Niro, and Don Gregory – each of whom has proven their value as breeding stallions as well.

Don Principe shares a grandsire with Hilltop Farm’s Royal Prince as he is out of the States Premium mare Papagena, a daughter of the Thoroughbred stallion Prince Thatch.  Prince Thatch stood at Celle for a number of seasons and has been ranked as high as #9 on the VhW’s listing for production of dressage horses. Papagena’s grandsire is Durkheim, another stallion stationed at Celle for many years.  Durkheim was known for his production of dressage and eventing horses and was sire to the well-regarded US-based stallions Diamont and Domingo.

With much of the focus until now being in the competition arena, Don Principe still had excellent success as a sire.  He has produced many Breed Show Champions and his oldest offspring are now winning undersaddle.  In 2010, Don Principe sired 3 USDFBC Champions, all of which had a median score over 80%. That same year, three Don Principe daughters were presented to the AHS for inspection and all three earned their Elite Eligible or Elite Mare Candidate status.  Duet MF (ds. Rotspon) was the winner of the 2011 USEF “Traveling Trot” Perpetual Trophy for the Highest-scoring Sport Horse in-hand of all age groups and David Bowie MF and Dansuse MF repeated that feat the following two years. In 2013, Delovely (ds. Johns Line xx) was winner of the USDF Region 3 Training Level AA Championships and Reserve Champion in the same division at the inaugural US Dressage Finals.  In 2014, two-year old filly Dansuse MF (ds. Furst Heinrich) earned top honors as the Grand Champion of Dressage at Devon and for the second year in a row Don Principe won the Get of Sire class. A small group of Don Principe offspring have been pointed towards an eventing career, including De Luetje MF (ds. Londonderry) who handily won the Future Event Horse East Coast 3-Year Old and Overall Championship in 2012.  The following year she made the transition to a riding horse wonderfully to finish 3rd in the Young Event Horse East Coast Championships.

Don Principe offers an outstanding work ethic and temperament and his offspring are surpassing all expectations under saddle. They are outgoing with sweet personalities.  Don Principe is particularly strong for improving the walk and the canter, and adding the talent for the collection required in top sport. Several Don Principe offspring are owned by top international riders such as Courtney King-Dye and James Kofford and we’re excited to see more Don Principe offspring joining him in the competition arena in the coming years.

Video & Pedigree

Marydell Farm
Adelheid Bruening
Donnerhall Donnerwetter Disput
Ninette Markus
Papagena Prince Thatch xx Thatch xx
Petroleuse xx
Duerkesa Duerkheim

Career Highlights

Performance Test:

105.80 Total/118.93 Dressage/83.84 Jumping Received 9’s for Character and Constitution and a 9.67 for his walk

Approved VhW, AHS, ISR/OldNA, GOV, & Rhineland

Don Principe is a true gentleman in every meaning of the word. He has proven he has the ability to be an International Grand Prix star, but now it is time to share his talents with the breeders.” 

Maryanna Haymon, Don Principe’s owner

2017: USEF Dressage Sporthorse Breeding Sire of the Year

2017: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 2nd Grand Prix Musical Freestyle

2017: US National Champion, U-25 Grand Prix “Brentina Cup”

2016: US Dressage Finals ~ 5th place Grand Prix Freestyle

2016: US Dressage Finals ~ 5th place Grand Prix

2016: USDF Region 3 Championships ~ Grand Prix Musical Freestyle Champion

2016: USDF Region 3 Championships ~ 4th place Grand Prix

2015: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 2nd Grand Prix Musical Freestyle

2015: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 3rd Grand Prix

2014: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 4th Grand Prix

2014: US Dressage Finals ~ 3rd Intermediaire II

2014: USDF Region 1 Champion ~ Intermediaire II

2013: USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year

2013: USDF Region 1 Champion ~ Intermediaire II

2013: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 1st Intermediare II

2012: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 6th Grand Prix

2012: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 3rd Grand Prix Freestyle

2012: USDF Horse of the Year ~ 25th Grand Prix Freestyle

2011: USEF Sire Rankings ~ Reserve Champion Dressage Breeding

2011: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 2nd Grand Prix

2011: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 2nd Grand Prix Freestyle

2011: USDF Horse of the Year ~ 25th Grand Prix

2011: USDF Horse of the Year ~ 10th Grand Prix Freestyle

2010: USEF Sire Rankings ~ Reserve Champion Dressage Breeding

2010: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 13th Prix St. Georges

2010: USDF All-Breeds Awards ~ AHS 11th Intermediaire I

2010: Competed at the USEF Intermediaire I National Championships

2010: USDF Region 8 Champion Intermediaire I

2010: USDF Region 8 Reserve Champion Intermediaire II

2008: Champion BLM Finals ~ Intermediaire I

2008: Champion BLM Finals ~ Intermediaire I Freestyle

2008: Champion BLM Finals ~ Intermediaire II

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$1500 2-Year Frozen Semen OR
$700/dose Frozen Semen, No LFG
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, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, 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 Principe's Approvals

Approved AHS, ISR/OldenburgNA, GOV

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 Principe) 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 Principe) may register her foal Westphalian.

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Don Principe News

Fig Street’s Duchess (Don Principe – Contender): Don Principe daughter Fig Street’s Duchess (Don Principe x Comtessa/Contender), owned by Cynthia Hallman, had an exceptionally good 2017 show season. “Gracie” showed in the Green Hunters, Amateur Owner Hunters, and International Hunter Derbies throughout the season, earning many division championships. >>>

Riverman & Don Principe Lead USEF Sire Rankings: The US Equestrian Leading Sire Rankings closed in mid-December and we have many exciting results to share! For the second time Marydell Farm's Don Principe was named the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and for the fourth time Riverman was named Eventing Sire of the Year! >>>

Dania Adar (Don Principe-Dominator): We’re enjoying hearing all the inspection results that continue to roll-in as inspection tours wrap-up around the country. The most recent results are from the AHS Inspection at the Tryon International Equestrian Center where Jean Tuttle’s Don Principe filly Dania Adar (Don Principe x Dame Un Besito/Dominator) was Champion 2-Year Old Futurity Filly. >>>


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Dansuse MF

(Don Principe x Fuerst Dancer MF/ Fuerst Heinrich)

Duet MF

(Don Principe x EM Rotina/Rotspon)

Don Cooper MF

(Don Principe x Ultra Rubin/Rubinstein)

Doctor Wendell MF

(Don Principe x Stellar Hit MF/Sandro Hit)