Friday, October 5, 2018

Foundation Sire: Rohdiamant

Here is the next installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday.  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

It was Rohdiamant, a foal from his first crop (out of Elektia V who is by the Anglo Arab stallion Inschallah), who put Rubinstein on the map as a sire. In 1993, Martina Hannöver rode Rohdiamant into equal first place (with Wolkenstein II) in the 3-year-old Championship at the Bundeschampionate.

Rohdiamant went on to be an exciting Grand Prix horse, ridden by the then-German-based, US-born Lisa Wilcox, and just missed out on the American dressage team to go to the Sydney Olympic Games. He then disappeared from the competition circuit after a series of disappointing outings.

For a while he looked as if he might be an exciting sire: Ronaldo won the 4-year-old Mares and Geldings Championship at the Bundeschampionate in 1998 and went on to be reserve champion in the five-year-old dressage championship in 2000, while another son, Roman Nature, won the 3-year-old Stallion title at the 1998 Bundeschampionate, and the 5-year-old stallion class at the big stallion show at Zwolle, but just as Roman Nature failed to go on, Rohdiamant’s career also stalled – perhaps because his offspring tended to vary so wildly in type, from black and 17 hands to orange and 14.2….

The 2014 Hanoverian Stallion book records that Rohdiamant has 693 registered competition horses with €937,247 in prize money. There are 616 place-getters in dressage (109 to S level) and 70 jumpers.

He produced 15 horses with winnings of more than €10,000. Top of the list is Helen Langhanenberg’s Responsible, a horse that almost made it to the top, but still won €81,521. Currently the Italian rider Valentina Truppa has been very successful with Eremo del Castegno (out of a Weltmeyer mare), while his son, Blue Hors Romanov, has had a moderately successful career at Grand Prix level.

In the 2016 Hanoverian book, he has 699 competition horses for €1,015,835 in winnings. Nineteen dressage horses have earned over €10,000. His FN dressage value is 139, for jumping, 73. His Hanoverian dressage value is 142 (trot – 107, canter – 127, walk – 174, rideability – 145) with a jumping value of 87. He scores 117 for type, and 120 for his limbs.
In the 2017 book, he has 704 competitors with earnings of €1,047,014. Nineteen progeny have won €10,000, with Responsible still the most successful.

On the 2017 FN breeding values, he scores 133 as a young horse sire, and 140 for open competition. On the Hanoverian values he scores 141 for dressage, and 86 for jumping. His value for type is 115.

In the 2018 Hanoverian Stallion book, Rohdiamant has 711 competitors, with winnings of €1,077,658. He sired 124 S level dressage competitors and 22 dressage horses that won more than €10,000, the most successful of which was Responsible OLD with €81,521. He was the sire of 11 licensed sons, the most important of which were the full-brothers Romanov and Rubin-Royal. His FN dressage value for 2017 as a sire of young horse competitors was 132, while his value for open competitors is 139. Interestingly, when I looked at the German FN breeding values from 2002 to 2017, only seven appeared on both lists: Don Schufro, Fidermark, Welt Hit I & II, Donnerhall, Florestan and Rohdiamant.

To read the entire article, with pedigree and more offspring details, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.
There are several stallion descendants of Rohdiamant in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

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