Royal Prince

Royal Prince1999 Hanoverian Stallion
Bay, 16.1 ½ hands
Rohdiamant – Prince Thatch xx – Wenzel I

Owner: Hilltop Farm
Breeder: Fredi Schaefer

2014 Breeding Fee: $2100 LFG cooled or frozen semen
  $700/dose frozen, no LFG

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
Approved but not currently activated CWHBA
Nominated to the International Hunter Futurity in 2012 & 2013

2014 Breeding Contract

2014 Per Dose Frozen Semen Sales

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About Royal Prince

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.

Royal Prince
Photo by Astrid Appels

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 PrinceRoyal 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 has been 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.

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.

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. 

"It is rare to find a horse that maintains the freedom and elasticity that Royal Prince possess. As he continues to move up the levels, his correctness of rhythm, exceptional reach, and beautiful expression remain highlights." - Chris Hickey

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Royal Prince


Rubinstein I


EM Elektia V

Inschallah AA
SPS Elektia

Piri Piri

Prince Thatch xx

Thatch xxr
Petroleuse xx


Wenzel l
SPS Desiree


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Royal Prince
Photo © Susan J. Stickle

Career Highlights

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

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