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.
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Completed KWPN Performance Test in 2004
Approved KWPN, KWPN-NA, Hanoverian, Oldenburg,
Danish, Swedish, & Selle Francais
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
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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 EquineTo 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 RemindersAt 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.
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- 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.
Registration InformationYour 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 PossibilitiesThe 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.