16.1h | 2015 | Hanoverian Stallion

Fürstenball – Gribaldi – Ferro

16.1h | 2015 | Hanoverian Stallion
Color: Black
Anke Ott-Young
Anke Ott-Young
Fürstenball Fürst Heinrich Florestan
Maradonna Donnerhall
Etched in Black Gribaldi Kostolany
Gondola II
Vixen Ferro
Dutch Treat

Fürst Gribaldi is a charming young stallion whose sport career has quickly progressed up to the FEI ring and he really impressed us with his first foals.  Bred in the US by Avalon Farm, Fürst was exported back to Germany as a young prospect and completed his 50-day test in Germany.  At the testing, he earned highlight scores of 9 for character and 8.5 for his willingness to work.  Now back in the US, Fürst’s show career started strongly under Jannike Gray.  In 2022, he placed 6th at Fourth Level in the USDF Region 8 Championships, made his Prix St. Georges debut, and captured the Stallion Championship for the USDF Breeders Championship Series in New England with a score over 80%.

Fürst’s sire, Fürstenball, is well-known for the excellent type and outstanding walk that he gives his offspring.  Fürstenball’s influence as a sire is felt strongly and he has more than 90 approved sons and is currently ranked 12th on the WBFSH Dressage Sire rankings.   Fürst’s dam Etched in Black has been exceptionally successful showing in-hand, earning the title of USDF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding 4-Year Old & Older Broodmare Horse of the year and USDF North East Series Mare Champion in 2023. Her sire Gribaldi was a Grand Prix competitor who has also proven himself as a sire of top International competitors, including the legendary Totilas.

From Fürst Gribaldi’s first small foalcrop we have already seen Premium Foals and two USDF Breeders Championship Series Reserve Champions.  His early foals show Fürst’s beautiful type, refinement, and kind character transmitting strongly.


2022: USDF Region 8 Fourth Level Open Championship ~ 6th Place

2022: USDF Region 8 Fourth Level Freestyle Championship ~ 4th Place

2022: USDF New England Breeders Championship ~ Stallion Champion

2022: NEDA Breed Show ~ Reserve Grand Champion & Reserve Mature Horse Champion

2021: USDF New England Breeders Championship ~ Stallion Champion

2020: Completed 50-Day Stallion Test in Schlieckau ~ Overall Score of 7.70

2016: USDF East Coast Breeders Championship Colt Final ~ 3rd Place


Breeding Information

Breeding Fees & Contracts
$850 Per ICSI Session
Details: Allows for access to frozen semen for one Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) session performed at New Bolton Center.

Download Per ICSI Session Frozen Agreement

$850 Per Dose
Details: Cooled or frozen semen sold by the dose with no guarantee. ICSI not permitted.

Download 2024 Per Dose Cooled Agreement

Download 2024 Per Dose Frozen Agreement

$1,500 1-Season
Details: 1-Season multi-dose agreement completed when your mare maintains a pregnancy for 60-days.

Download 2024 1-Season Agreement

Submit A Contract Online
 Details: Visit the Book A Contract page to electronically submit your contract. This option allows you to quickly book and submit payment via PayPal or Credit Card. 

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Mare Information
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.

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 14-16 day pregnancy check, please have your vet complete the Mare Breeding Passport received with your semen shipment and return it to Hilltop Farm. Any changes in pregnancy status after the 14-16 day check must be communicated to Hilltop Farm immediately. 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.

Links and Downloads
Cooled Semen

Fürst Gribaldi will be available via cooled semen March 11th, 2023 to August 4th, 2024. Stallions are only collected at the request of the breeder or their veterinarian, click here for instructions to Request A Semen Shipment.

REMINDER: The SBS lab is closed and stallions will not be collected on Easter Sunday, Monday of Memorial Day weekend, and July 4th. Show schedules will be updated to this page 30-days in advance of upcoming shows.

Show Schedule: The following is the tentative show schedule during breeding season for Fürst Gribaldi, possible dates will be added below at least 30-days in advance of any show. We may choose not to attend some of the following shows, but want our mare owners prepared for all possibilities.

Fürst Gribaldi will not be available for collections on the days listed below. Frozen semen may be shipped during this time. As you come closer to the cycle that you will be breeding your mare, contact Brittany to discuss any changes and how we can meet your breeding needs.

  • June 1st DVCTA at Dunmovin
  • July 20-21st Dressage at Blue Goose
Distribution Fee (per shipment)

Cooled Semen distribution is handled by Select Breeders Service, Inc. The Distribution Fee must be paid in advance of each shipment by check or credit card. All cooled semen shipments are sent using the Equitainer, which we believe provides the most reliable, consistent cooling of semen.

  • $440 for US shipments – including round-trip FedEx shipping and collection fee – $15 additional for Saturday delivery
  • Pick-up/return at Hilltop Farm or SBS: $290 weekday, $310 Sunday
  • US Airline Shipments: $595 weekday, $620 Sunday
  • Late Fee for requests received after the published notification time: $95
  • Container Deposit – $250 (Secured by credit card – not charged unless container is not returned or is damaged)
  • Cooled semen is available to select locations in Canada, Contact Us for additional information.
Registration & Futurity 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.

Fürst Gribaldi’s Approvals
  • Approved AHS & ARS
  • Approved Oldenburg
  • Approved Westfalen
Additional Registration Possibilities
  • KWPN-NA: Offspring out of KWPN-NA mares and by stallions approved with an Erkend Studbook (such as Fürst Gribaldi) are eligible for Register A papers.
Futurity Information
  • American Hanoverian Society (AHS) Yearling & 2-Year Old Futurity: Yearling and 2-Year Old Denmark offspring that are Hanoverian or American Rhineland registered are eligible for participation. For additional information and futurity guidelines click HERE.
Frozen Semen

Frozen semen may be shipped year-round. Frozen semen is only shipped at the request of the breeder or their veterinarian, click here for instructions to Request A Semen Shipment.

Distribution Fee (per shipment)

Frozen Semen distribution is handled by Select Breeders Service, Inc. The Distribution Fee must be paid in advance of each shipment by check or credit card.

  • $440 for FedEx Overnight or $410 for FedEx 2-Day US shipments; $750 for Canadian shipments + duties/customs charges. These include round-trip FedEx shipping. $15 additional for Saturday delivery.
  • $170 for pick-up/return at Hilltop Farm or SBS with our container (does not include return by FedEx)
  • $55 for pick-up or shipment from SBS with own container (does not include return by FedEx); $55 additional client owned tank recharge fee for tanks that arrive warm.
  • $50 for each additional stallion if multiple stallions are being shipped together; $50 per each additional Mare Owner per shipment
  • Late Fee for requests received after the published notification time: $95
  • Container Deposit – $1350 (Secured by credit card – not charged unless container is not returned or is damaged)
Stallion Health Information
EVA: Negative, Vaccinated Annually
This stallion has been tested for and vaccinated against EVA.  Given his negative status, it is not necessary to vaccinate your mare prior to breeding to this stallion
WFFS Tested: Negative N/N
This stallion is not a carrier of Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) and may be breed to both non-carrier and carrier mares without risk. For additional information on WFFS visit the Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome page on our website.
Color Tested: Homozygous Black E/E
Fürst Gribaldi does not carry the red factor gene. He will not produce chestnut offspring.