Royal Diamond, Competed Successfully as Young Horse by USA’s Lisa Wilcox, Dies at Age of 24

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Royal Diamond. © Kiki Beelitz

Aug. 15, 2018

Royal Diamond, the Oldenburg gray that was competed successfuly as a young horse in Germany by the USA’s Lisa Wilcox and was a prominent breeding stallion, has died of heart failure at the age of 24.

Royal Diamond was descended from Rubinstein-Inschallah AA, was had an impeccable carreer: If-premium stallion in his licensing in Oldenburg in 1996, stallion performance test winner in Neustadt, Germany in 1997, lb-main premium winner in Oldenburg in 1998.

In 1999 ridden by American Lisa Wilcox, he was Germany’s reserve five-year-old dressage champion at Warendorf, Germany, champion six-year-old dressage horse and VTV-dressage stallion in 2000. He was later placed twice in the Burg Pokal finale at Frankfurt, was declared “Promising Stallion” in the Zwolle, the Netherlands, and had 40 victories up to Grand Prix, including the national championship Weser-Ems.

In breeding, eight of his sons were licensed, of which Floggensee’s Royal Dream and Birkhof’s Royaldik are successful up to the advanced (S) classes. More than 20 of his daughters have been awarded state premium.

As a result of international success of his offspring, like Royal Happiness OLD, Raffaelo va Bene and Renaissance Tyme, Royal Diamond remains in the top 50 of the world’s best dressage sires, according to the World Breeding Society for Sporthorses. Royal Diamond’s offspring have been sought out at auctions: the reserve national champion Royal Deniro reaching the price of €320,000 (US$362,500) and Royal Milva at €380,000 (US$430,500).

After the sale of Gestüt Vorwerk in Cappeln, Germany where Royal Diamond and his older full brother Rohdiamant were based for breeding, both sires moved to the Dressage Horse Performance Center Lodbergen. He was also retired from the sport. He was sold to the associated Lee schooling center in 2012 and a year later was housed at the new EU insemination station in the Swiss Bernhardzell. Shortly after, he was retired from breeding and for the last five years lived with a small retirement group in Normandy, France where he died.