Don Principe

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16.2h | 1999 | Hanoverian Stallion

Donnerhall – Prince Thatch xx – Duerkheim

Don Principe has competed at the FEI levels with seven different riders over 10 years and is still going strong.  That soundness, adaptability, and heart are truly unique.  Don Principe has won multiple USDF Regional Championships, many USDF All-Breeds Awards, and has competed at both the USDF and USEF National Championships. In 2017, he added another accolade when he won the USEF “Brentina Cup” U-25 Grand Prix Championships.

His sire Donnerhall was an International Grand Prix star and was on the medal winning German Teams at the World Equestrian Games and European Championships.  Donnerhall’s influence on dressage breeding is undeniable.  At the 2016 Olympic Games, over 31% of the dressage horses carried Donnerhall blood.

Don Principe has sired Elite/Premium Mares, Licensed Stallions, USDF Horse of the Year winners, and US National Champions.  He was the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year in 2013 and has sired a Grand Champion of Dressage at Devon.  Rideability, work ethic, and an outstanding walk are trademarks that Don Principe is passing along to his offspring.  His offspring are smart, show a talent for the collected work, and are easily developed by amateurs or professionals.

Video & Pedigree

Owner:
Marydell Farm
Breeder:
Adelheid Bruening
Donnerhall Donnerwetter Disput
Melli
Ninette Markus
Negola
Papagena Prince Thatch xx Thatch xx
Petroleuse xx
Duerkesa Duerkheim
Dalietta

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Performance Test: 105.80 Total/118.93 Dressage/83.84 Jumping

  • Scores of 9 for Character and Constitution and a 9.67 for his walk

 

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:

2019 Rates Coming Soon
EVA Tested: Negative, Vaccinated Annually
WFFS Tested: Carrier N/WFFS
Color Tested: Heterozygous Black E/e

Availability

Frozen semen may be shipped year-round.

Special Discounts Available

Additional Fees - Cooled Semen

Additional Fees - Frozen Semen

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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.
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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.
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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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Offspring

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Dansuse MF

(Don Principe x Fuerst Dancer MF/ Fuerst Heinrich)
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Duet MF

(Don Principe x EM Rotina/Rotspon)
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Don Cooper MF

(Don Principe x Ultra Rubin/Rubinstein)
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Doctor Wendell MF

(Don Principe x Stellar Hit MF/Sandro Hit)