Painted Black

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

 16.2h | 1997 | Dutch Warmblood Stallion

Gribaldi – Ferro – Officier


Painted Black is an inspiring stallion whose record as both a performance horse and a breeding stallion sets him apart.  His successful sports career began with victories in the KWPN Stallion Competitions and Young Horse Classes with Hans Peter Minderhoud.  As a six-year old, Painted Black was Reserve Champion at the World Championships for Young Horses with Anky van Grunsven and just two years later the pair claimed the Dutch National Championship at Prix St. Georges.  In 2009, Painted Black placed 3rd at the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas and the following season he was purchased for Morgan Barbancon Mestre.  Painted Black brought Morgan from the U-25 competitions into international sport at the highest levels.  The pair have competed at the World Equestrian Games, World Cup Finals, and the London Olympic Games.  

Both Painted Black’s sire and grandsire have also been international dressage stars and influential breeding stallions.  Sire Gribaldi was proclaimed an Elite Stallion by the Trakehner society in 2003 and keur stallion by the KWPN society in 2004. He has a high percentage of Ster/Keur daughters and is the sire of many Grand Prix horses including Totilas. Painted Black’s grandsire, Ferro, captured the Team Silver at the 1998 World Equestrian Games, 1999 European Championships, and 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Ferro earned the “Preferant” title for the KWPN.

Painted Black offspring are highly valued.  He currently stands third on the KWPN’s list of top dressage sires with a dressage index of 169 and a reliability factor of 90%.  His offspring are competing at the highest levels of sport including  Zircoon Spring Flower, Wervelwind, Don Bravour, Black Painted, Black Pearl, Blacktime, Binky, Baccara van Weltevreden, Chacha Time, and Detroit.  Painted Black has also sired the approved stallions to his record Bon Bravour, Enzo Ferrari Texel, Ebony, and Dynamo PB.  Due to his exceptional record as a sire, Painted Black was awarded Keur status by the KWPN.

Video & Pedigree

Morgan Barbacon Mestre
Frank van de Valk & Jacqueline van Anholt
Gribaldi Kostolany Enrico Caruso
Gondola Ibikus
Gloria VI
Litchy Ferro Ulft
Vrona Officier

Career Highlights


Performance Test:

Completed KWPN Performance Test in 2004

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


I owe everything to him. He has made me the rider that I am and has brought me to every big event.”

Morgan Barbancon Mestre

2017: 3rd on KWPN Dressage Sire Rankings

2015: Awarded Keur by the KWPN

2015: 8th place World Cup Final Grand Prix Freestyle

2014: 15th place Individual & 9th place Team World Equestrian Games

2012: Competed Olympic Games

2009: 3rd place World Cup Final in Las Vegas

2008: 3rd place World Cup Final in Hertogenbosch

2008: Dutch Big Tour Champion

2005: Dutch Small Tour Champion

2004: Approved KWPN

2003: Reserve Champion at World Championship for Young Horses 6-Year Olds

2000: Approved AES

2000: 2nd place VSN Trophy

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$3800 2-Year Frozen
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.

Painted Black's Approvals

Approved KWPN, KWPN-NA, Hanoverian,  Oldenburg, Danish, Swedish, and 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.

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 Painted Black) may register her foal Westphalian.

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