Photo By: Courtesy of Van Olst Horses
Photo By: Dirk Caremans
Photo By: Courtesy of Van Olst Horses

16.3h | 1995 | Dutch Warmblood Stallion

Ferro – Variant – Gondelier

Negro was a brilliant performer living up to the standard set by the sport horses behind him.  At his Stallion Performance Test in 1998 he was Reserve Champion overall and was described as, ‘an honest, reliable stallion that really likes to go. The walk is big and powerful, his trot has a lot of impulsion, and he has a scopey, powerful canter.’  Negro’s canter was awarded an exceptionally high 8.5 and his jumping ability also impressed with no score less than 7.5 for jumping.

As a 5 & 6 year old, Negro won the Stallion Show competitions in Holland in a highly convincing fashion.  He was the highest placed Dutch horse at the 2001 FEI World Championships for Young Horses.  By age seven he was a strong performer at Prix St. Georges with scores over 70% and Negro debuted at Intermediare II with a score of 74% the following year.  The piaffe and passage were especially easy exercises for Negro and Anne van Olst still calls Negro “the best horse I have ever ridden.”

Negro’s sire, Olympic Ferro, has been one of the most successful international dressage stallions in history.  With rider Coby Van Baalen, Ferro captured the Team Silver at the 1998 World Equestrian Games, 1999 European Championships, and 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Ferro has also been a prolific breeder and has earned the “Preferant” title for the KWPN.  His offspring are known for their powerful hindquarters and ability to collect and find favor with both dressage and jumper riders.  Ulft, Le Mexico, and Farn are all cornerstones to Dutch jumper breeding programs and highlight the versatility behind Negro.

Negro’s dam, the Keur mare Fewrie, is by the successful international dressage stallion Variant and the highly decorated Keur Preferante Prestatie mare Mewrie. Mewrie was successful in national level showjumping, not surprising as her sire Gondelier was an international showjumper.  The talent for sport and the willingness to work are deeply rooted in Negro’s pedigree.

No matter how well-bred or how successful a stallion himself may be, he will ultimately be judged by the quality of his offspring.  Negro’s official foal report from the KWPN noted that his progeny “show ample walks and powerful, impressive canters. They hold themselves well in trot and show good balance, elevation, and remarkable self-carriage.”

As his offspring matured, they only became more impressive and his correctness, athleticism, and brilliance consistently transmit through.  The KWPN awarded Negro Preferant status in early 2012 due to his exceptional offspring.  While Negro offspring are competing successfully in jumpers and eventing, it is not surprising that it is the dressage arena where they dominate. One of Danish Olympian Anne van Olst’s favorite horses to compete is Taikoen.  Carl Hester has ridden many Negro offspring over the years and likes them so much he has a couple in his stable he is currently developing.

Valegro (ds. Gershwin) won the 2012 Team and Individual Gold Medals at the Olympics, the 2013 European Championships, and the 2014 World Equestrian Games with scores as high as 92%.  In the US, Unico G was the 2013 USDF National Champion for Grand Prix Freestyle.  Enzo, Vancouver, and Wycliff all competed at the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I levels in 2014 and Natasha (ds. Donnerhall) was the USDF Region 7 Prix St. Georges Open  Reserve Champion & Intermediaire 1 Open Reserve Champion.  Nintendo qualified for the US Grand Prix Championships and World Equestrian Games Selection Trials.

The young Negro offspring also impress. Got Rhythum (Negro – Donnerhall) was Champion Yearling for the KWPN-NA in 2012 and the full siblings Hierro and Ilana (Negro – Flemmingh) finished in the Top Five for the KWPN-NA Dressage Foals in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

The uniformity of type, uphill balance, and powerful gaits comes through strongly in Negro’s offspring as well as his intelligence and enthusiasm for work.  He consistently produces horses with all the qualities needed to excel in the FEI dressage arena and their character often makes them a favorite of their riders.

Video & Pedigree

Van Olst Horses
W. Borgers
Ferro Ulft Le Mexico
Brenda Farn
Fewrie Variant Afrikaner xx
Mewri Gondelier

Career Highlights

Performance Test:

Reserve Champion of Stallion Performance Test

Approved KWPN, KWPN-NA, VhW, GOV, Selle Francais, Swedish

He [Negro] is the best horse that I have ever ridden…. He learnt all the exercises easily, I didn’t really need to teach him anything. He quickly got bored with normal things. I recognise that in his offspring too, a number of which I ride. You get spoiled by that; they all have a will to work, a good mentality and balance and they can collect almost of their own accord. I never actually got off Negro in a sweat, and that is also true of his sons.” 

Anne van Olst, Danish Olympian & Negro’s Trainer

2014: Ranked 18th on WBFSH Dressage Sire Rankings

2010: KWPN Dressage Index: 143

2009: Awarded Keur status by the KWPN 

2002: Prix St. Georges debut

2001: Zwolle Stallion Show Champion 6 Year Old

2000: Zwolle Stallion Show Champion 5 Year Old

1998: Reserve Champion of Performance Test

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$2,000/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, 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.

Negro's Approvals

Approved KWPN, KWPN-NA, Swedish, Oldenburg, Hanoverian, Selle Francais

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.

American Hanoverian Society (AHS): Negro offspring from Hanoverian approved mares are eligible for registration with the AHS with the payment of a Foreign Sire Fee.

International Sporthorse Registry/Oldenburg, North America (ISR/OldNA): Many of the European stallions may be eligible for registration upon the mare owner’s completion of a Foreign Stallion Permit.

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

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