Photo By: Sue Stickle

16.2 1/2 h | 1999 | Oldenburg Stallion

Rubinstein I – Ex Libris – Furioso II


Who doesn’t love a handsome, black stallion that offers three high-quality gaits, a gentleman’s character, and exceptional rideability?  Rubinero is a special stallion that meets the characteristics in high-demand with breeders.  Rubinero is very much a product of the stallion station, Gestut Vorwerk.  His sire Rubinstein will be remembered as one of the great sires of the modern day sport horse.  He has over 90 approved sons, more than 170 States Premium daughters, and his offspring have won over 2.5 Million Euro in competition. Rubinstein’s damline is particularly noteable.  Antine is a full-sister to three-time Olympic competitor, Amon, and two-time Olympic champion, Ahlerich.  The World and Olympic Champion Rembrandt is out of a full-sister to Antine and yet another full-sister produced the Danish stallion Romancier.

Rubinero’s damline was developed from many generations of Gestut Vorwerk’s breeding program. Faola passed her Mare Performance Test with an overall score of 8.36, receiving a 9.0 for her willingness to perform, her canter, rideability, free jumping technique and a 10.0 for free jumping ability. Her sire, Ex Libris, sired both jumpers and dressage horses.  We see this versatile athleticism continue further back in Rubinero’s pedigree with stallions such as Furioso II, Inschallah AA, and More Magic xx.

At his 70-day test Rubinero was second in the dressage phase with a score of 140.54.  He also earned 115 points for the jumping phase, and was third overall. He achieved perfect 10’s for character and rideability, a testament to the wonderful temperament of the Rubinstein line. Rubinero was very successful in his development as a competition horse as well.  In 2004 he participated in the Bundeschampionat, earned scores as high as 9.0, and was Reserve Champion at the State Championships in Rastede. In 2005 Rubinero again qualified for the Bundeschampionat for five year old dressage horses and took bronze at the Rastede Championships. He quickly moved up to the Advanced Levels and throughout his career the rideability and feeling he gives each rider has been highly praised.

Dawn Bernardo purchased Rubinero late in 2013 and imported him to the US.  With Dawn, Rubinero continued his winning ways with scores as high as 72.5% at Intermediaire I.  Together they earned the USDF Region 3 Championships at Intermediaire and were Reserve Champions at Prix St. Georges.

From Rubinero’s early foal crops in Germany we saw many Premium Foals, including several selected for Elite Foal Sales and one that qualified for the German Foal Championships.  Also from those early foals developed one licensed stallion and multiple States Premium Mares. In the US, Romantic Man was 2015 USDF Region 3 Champion for Third and Fourth Level Open, and went on to finish in the top six at the US Dressage Finals at both levels.  Rosenball competes successfully at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I.  In the hunter ring, Rovaniemi and Renaissance had multiple Adult Amateur Hunter Championships in 2015.

With his move to Hilltop Farm, we look forward to sharing Rubinero with North American breeders and expanding his influence in the coming seasons.

Video & Pedigree

Dawn Bernardo
Franz-Josef Wieghaus-Vorwerk
Rubinstein I Rosenkavalier Romadour II
Antine Angelo xx
Faola Ex Libris Elan xx
Farina Furioso II

Career Highlights


Performance Test

133.12 Total/140.54 Dressage/115.03 Jumping
Reserve Champion Dressage Stallion of 70-Day Stallion Test; Received scores of 10 for Character and Rideability

Approved GOV, AHS, Rhinelander, and Westfalen


Rubinero is very straight forward in his character, making him totally uncomplicated to ride.  A very beautiful stallion, he has produced  576 foals that are black or dark bay, with very pretty heads, necks and conformation.  They are known for being correct without deviation in their movement.”

Holly Simensen, GOV

2014: USDF Region 3 Champion Intermediaire I AA

2014: USDF Region 3 Reserve Champion Prix St. Georges AA

2008: Debut at Intermediaire I

2007: Debut at Prix St. Georges

2005: Qualified for the Bundeschampionat for 6-Year Olds

2004: Championships at Rastede ~ Bronze

2004: Qualified for the Bundeschampionat for 5-Year Olds

2003: Stallion Performance Test ~ 3rd Overall, Reserve Champion Dressage

Breeding Information

Stud Fee:

$1,800 2-Year Cooled or Frozen Semen
EVA Negative


Cooled Semen available March 21st – August 15th. Frozen semen may be shipped year-round.
REMINDER: The SBS lab is closed and stallions will not be collected on Easter Sunday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, or July 4th.

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.

Rubinero's Approvals

Approved AHS, GOV, Rheinlander, Westphalian

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 Rubinero) 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 Rubinero) may register her foal Westphalian.

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Rubinero News

Rubinero Competes at Global Dressage Festival CDI: Owner Dawn Bernardo and Rubinero (Rubinstein-Ex Libris) enjoyed one final show together before Rubinero’s move to Hilltop Farm. The last weekend in February they competed in the Global Dressage Festival’s CDI Adult-Amateur division and finished 4th in both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I. >>>



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