Royal Prince

Photo By: Werner Ernst
Photo By: Susan J. Stickle

16.1h | 1999 | Hanoverian Stallion

Rohdiamant – Prince Thatch xx – Wenzel I

Hilltop Farm began looking for a refinement stallion and we were excited to add the Rohdiamant son Royal Prince in our line-up late in 2003. Royal Prince had been approved in the fall of 2001 by the Hanoverian Verband and was a finalist in the 2002 Bundeschampionat. As a 4-year old, Royal Prince was Reserve Champion at his 30-day and 70-day Performance Tests, earning 10’s for his rideability and walk, and 9’s for trot, canter, and willingness to work. He was again was a finalist at the Bundeschampionat that same year.

Hilltop Farm imported Royal Prince in the fall of 2003 and in the spring Royal Prince made sweeping wins of all his classes at the 2004 East Coast Selection Trials for the FEI World Championships for Young Horses and earned an unprecedented score of 9.82. At the Championships in Verden, Germany, Royal Prince made a bit of American history when he earned an overall score of 8.84 and a final standing of 4th place in the world! No American entry to date has placed so successfully in this international event. Royal Prince finished the 2004 season by winning the US National Championships for Five-Year-Olds with an overall score of 9.14. He repeated his East Coast Selection Trials win in 2005 and returned to the World Breeding Championships to represent the US. He consistently earned 9’s and 10’s for his walk, 8’s and 9’s for his trot, canter, and submissiveness over these two years.

Beginning in 2007 Royal Prince was partnered with Michael Bragdell. Together they have earned Michael’s USDF Bronze Medal, Third and Fourth Level Reserve Championships at the BLM Finals, and a Reserve Championship at Fourth Level at the USDF Region 1 Finals. 2010 marked Royal Prince’s Prix St. Georges debut under Christopher Hickey. Earning scores in the high 60s and into the 70s, Royal Prince clearly enjoyed the new demands of the FEI. His pirouettes are especially easy and he shows an excellent ability to sit for the collected work.

Rideability, elegance, and international quality gaits are highlights of Royal Prince and of his ancestors. Royal Prince’s, sire Rohdiamant, was a highly successful Grand Prix dressage competitor who was short-listed for the US Olympic Team with Lisa Wilcox. Standing at the prestigious Gestut Vorwerk, Rohdiamant has had an enormous influence in both Hanoverian and Oldenburg breeding programs. He currently has an FN Dressage Index of 150 points, and his offspring are sought out by both riders and breeders. Grandsire Rubinstein has been one of the most influential dressage sires in recent history. He also competed internationally at the Grand Prix level and is known for the excellent rideability of his offspring.

Royal Prince’s dam Piri Piri is by the influential Thoroughbred stallion Prince Thatch xx. This Celle stallion has been ranked #9 on the VhW’s listing for production of dressage horses – a rare honor for a thoroughbred. Piccolino, by Prince Thatch, was among the top ranked horses on the German Dressage team and in 2003 helped secure the Team Gold for Germany at the European Dressage Championships and placed 6th individually. Piri Piri’s dam Winzerin is by Wenzel I, the 1980 Champion of Hannover and winner of his stallion performance test in Adelheidsdorf in 1979. Wenzel I’s influence lives on in many top dressage horses like his internationally successful sons Walk on Top, Wanninger, and Weldon Surprise.

Royal Prince’s offspring are showing their sire’s elegance, refinement, and movement and are earning accolades from breed inspectors, judges, and trainers. The 2009 AHS Fall Magazine Inspection Tour report noted, “Royal Prince, Hilltop Farm’s Rohdiamant son, is another stallion that is clearly producing good type. This year no less than three of his daughters placed among the high score mares of the entire summer tour.” For four consecutive years Royal Prince was honored with the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year award based on the success of his early offspring in the show ring. Rhodora HTF, out of a Contucci daughter, certainly contributed to that award when she was crowned the 2008 Filly Champion and Young Horse Champion of Dressage at Devon and in 2010 Royal Tradition was the Foal Champion at Devon. The following year, Royal Prince once again stole the show at Devon with multiple offspring winning their classes and EM Rheporter capturing the overall Grand Championship.  In 2014, Relevè HTF (ds. Cordoba) was 2nd for USDF Horse of the Year Yearling Fillies and was Champion of the AHS National Futurity.  In the Hunter Breeding ring, Rolex R (ds. Contucci) has multiple Hunter Breeding 2-Year Olds and Best Young Horse awards to his credit. Royal Prince’s oldest offspring are now winning under saddle as well in both the hunter and dressage rings. The trainability is outstanding and they are proving equally suited for both amateurs and professionals. In 2014, Reebok (ds. Arrian) had multiple wins at Fourth Level, consistently scoring above 70%. Royal Tribute (ds. First Class) commandingly won the USEA East Coast Young Event Horse Championships for 5-Year Olds in 2011 with a score of 91%, evented to Intermediate Level, and is now winning at Third & Fourth Level with scores in the mid 70’s. Royal Heir was Reserve Champion at the USDF National Finals for Second Level Open in 2014.

Royal Prince produces a refined, modern type with a correct foundation and beautiful head. Their personalities are social and outgoing and his offspring are clearly inheriting his excellent rideability.

Video & Pedigree

Hilltop Farm
Fredi Schaefer
Rohdiamant Rubinstein I Rosenkavalier
EM Elektia V Inschallah AA
SPS Elektia
Piri Piri Prince Thatch xx Thatch xx
Petroleuse xx
Winzerin Wenzel I
SPS Desiree

Career Highlights

Performance Test:

129.90 Total/135.82 Dressage/102.83 Jumping Reserve Champion of his 30-Day and 70-Day Tests, Class I status

Approved AHS, ISR/OldNA, GOV, & Rhineland

Approved but not currently activated CWHBA & Westfalen

It is rare to find a horse that maintains the freedom and elasticity that Royal Prince possess. As he continued to move up the levels, his correctness of rhythm, exceptional reach, and beautiful expression remained highlights.” 

Christopher Hickey, Pan-Am Gold Medalist

5-Star Stallion with ISR/OldenburgNA

2012: USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year

2011: USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year

2010: USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year

2010: Prix St. Georges debut

2009: USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year

2009: Reserve Champion Fourth Level USDF Region 1 Finals

2009: Reserve Champion Fourth Level BLM Finals

2008: USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year

2007: Reserve Champion, Third Level BLM Finals

2005: US Representative World Championships for Young Horses – FEI Six Year Olds

2004: USEF National Champion – FEI Five Year Olds

2004: US Representative World Championships for Young Horses – FEI Five Year Olds

2003: Reserve Champion of both his 30-day & 70-day Stallion Tests

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$1200 2-Year Frozen Semen
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.

Royal Prince's Approvals

Approved AHS, ISR/OldenburgNA, & GOV

Approved but not currently activated with Westfalen & CWHBA

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.

Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association (CWHBA): Royal Prince has been approved with the CWHBA, but is not currently activated with them.

Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA): Offspring out of KWPN mares and by stallions approved with an Erkend Studbook (including Royal Prince) are eligible for Register A papers.

Swedish Warmblood Association of North America (SWANA): Royal Prince offspring out of SWANA mares are eligible for full registration.

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

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Royal Prince News

Romanza BA (Royal Prince-Contucci): Wonderful news from breeder Brian Arena of Florida! Brian’s 3-year old Royal Prince filly Romanza BA (Royal Prince x Cristal/Contucci) was the High Point Performance Mare at the Florida Hanoverian Inspection. Romanza received multiple scores of 8 or higher, including walk, canter, and rideability. >>>

Royal Prince Foal Announcements: 07-24-2017: Margaret Scarff of White Hal, MD is so pleased to preset Royal Promise! This lovely Royal Prince filly arrived to Margaret’s ISR/Old mare Ideal’s Promise in the month of June and what a gorgeous girl she is! Congratulations Margaret! >>>

USEF Sire Rankings: The United States Equestrian Federation compiles annual Sire Rankings based on competition results of recorded offspring. With the results finalized the end of December, we’re excited to share the achievements for the current, and a few former, stallions at Hilltop Farm. >>>



EM Rheporter

(Royal Prince x Whispre/Weltmeyer)

Royal Tribute

(Royal Prince x Firstar/First Class xx)

Royal Reflection EMF

(Royal Prince x EM Panache EMF/Pablo)


(Royal Prince x Em Andromache/Arrian)