Last weekend, the stallion had to be euthanized due to a cardiac insufficiency. We are very sad about the death of this wonderful horse and happy that he was allowed to enjoy his last years with his friends in the Normandy in France.
The Oldenburg gray stallion, who comes from Rubinstein-Inschallah AA and was born at Hans Francksen in Butjadingen, managed to live an impeccable career. The stations: 1996 If premium stallion of his licensing in Oldenburg, 1997 SPT winner in Neustadt/D., 1998 Ib main premium winner in Oldenburg, 1999 under the American Lisa M. Wilcox Vice-National Champion of five-year old dressage horses in Warendorf, 2000 Federal Champion of six-year-old dressage horses and VTV dressage stallion. He then placed twice in the Burg Pokal-trophy final in Frankfurt, became the "Promising Stallion" in Zwolle and collected 40 dressage competition victories up to Grand Prix level, including the State Championships Weser-Ems.
Royal Diamond, who goes back to the mare Elektia, also set a clear course in breeding. Eight of his sons have been licensed, of which Floggensee's Royal Dream and Birkhof's Royaldik are still successful in advanced level dressages. More than 20 daughters of Royal Diamond have been awarded state premium. Thanks to the international successes of his sporting offspring, such as Royal Happiness OLD, Raffaelo va Bene and Renaissance Tyme, Royal Diamond ranks among the top 50 of the world's best dressage horses, according to the WBFSH (World Breeding Society for Sporthorses). Accordingly, the Royal Diamonds are very demanded on the auction sites: Thus the Vice-National Champion Royal Deniro was sold for 320,000 Euros, Royal Milva for 380,000 Euros.
In 2009, after the disposition of the Vorwerk Stud, where Royal Diamond together with his older full-brother Rohdiamant was stationed for breeding, both sire personalities moved to the Dressurpferde Leistungszentrum Lodbergen (DLZ). 2009 was also the year of Royal Diamond's retirement from sport. In mid-2012 he was sold to the associated training center Lee and in 2013 he was available for breeders via the then newly founded EU insemination station in Bernhardzell, Switzerland. A short time later, the owners decided to release the stallion to his well-deserved retirement and Royal Diamond lived the last five years of his life in a small herd and enjoyed intensive care on great pastures in the Normandy/FRA, where he passed away now.