Diamant De Semilly,
International winner under the saddle of Eric Levallois..
Performance: Diamant de Sémilly, made the 4, 5 and 6 year old finals at Fontainebleau before going on to a star studded international career, that included playing a key role in the gold medal French team at the WEG in Jerez. Diamant de Sémilly was Champion of France in 2002, and a team silver medalist at the 2003 European Championships.
In 2004, after a good start to the season (winner of Auvers Grand Prix), he had been short listed for Athens Olympic Games, but because of a tendonitis he had to stop competing for a while. He finished the 2005 showjumping season on a high note, winning the two Grand Prix – the CSI*** of Saint-Lô and Caen. In 2006 he won the Belgian Grand Prix in Liége.
Offspring in the sport:
Only at the age of eight did Diamant really start his breeding career. Eric Levallois liked to keep sport and breeding separate. Since then, things have gone fast. Currently there are no less than 1704 offspring of Diamant de Semilly registered in the database, of which 671 (39%) are competing at 1.45m level or higher and 186 (11%) horses even the 1.60m level.
Diamant is also sire of British eventing team horse, Toledo de Kerser (Diamant de Sémilly / Papillon Rouge) ridden by Tom McEwen. Toledo’s career has been one success after another: Second in the 7year old World Champs, 1st Bramham under 25 CCI****, 12th and team gold at the Tryon WEG, 1st at Pau 5 star in 2019, and Team Gold and Individual Silver at Tokyo.
Every year since 2015, Diamant has been in the top three of the Hippomundo Stallion ranking based on the total prize money won by his offspring. In 2017, he was even the highest ranked stallion, just like he currently leads the 2022 ranking.
Also as sire of the dam, Diamant de Semilly is doing extremely well. In 2021, Diamant de Semilly was third in the Hippomundo Sire of the Dam ranking. Since 2015, a total of 670 horses with Diamant de Semilly as damsires are registered in the database. Reference: Hippomundo, The Horse.
Diamant de Semilly under the saddle of Eric Lavallois
Diamant de Sémilly at Jerez in 2002
Le Tot de Semilly,
A foundation sire of Selle Francais breeding and sire of grand prix horses:
Performance: From 1988 to 1991, Le Tot won 22 international, and 63 national, grand prix classes. He was the first French horse to be sponsored by the French Equestrian Federation. At seven years old, Le Tot de Semilly was part of the gold-medal-winning team in the European Young Riders Championships in Cervia, and placed fourth in the individual competition.
The next year, he took second place in the Nations Cup in Hickstead. At nine years old, he placed second in the Wiesbaden CSI GP, won the Bois le Roi GP, and took third place in the Gijon GP and the Nations Cup.
Grand Veneur was a popular sire and was often France’s leading sire based on the performance of his progeny at the national championships in Fontainebleau.
Fourteen of his progeny won or placed at Grand Prix level, including Ashle (ex Alize des Iles), Copélia de l’Epine, Ultimée du Chemin, Love Love who jumped for Portugal, and Montblanc for Belgium.
In all, he produced more than 335 showjumping winners
Grand Veneur: 1972 – 1988 168 cm Chestnut
Noblewood Park Charlie,
has produced an exceptional foal every time for Bensons Sport Horses
including Bensons Femme Fatale, Bensons Verismo and Bensons Quantum Leap.
Charlie’s dam Cadence is from the number one dam line - Holsteiner Stamm 776.
Dam line 776, has produced many famous International show jumping
horses, including Calvados I and II, Acorado, Lordanos and the world class Ramiro
who is present in many top showjumping horse and sire pedigrees.
is a Holsteiner State Premium mare, one of the most highly awarded mares in Germany. She is by the famous dressage stallion Coriander and out of the State Premium Mare, Doreen I, by Lord.
Cadence has three full sisters who are also State Premium mares.
She was purchased by Noblewood Park at the Holsteiner Verband
Auction/Classification in August 1998 and was one of the highest priced
mares that year and imported to Western Australia.
is probably best known and respected for producing the quietest minds in Holstein. He ranked as the leading sire of sporthorses for all of Germany in his age group three years in a row.
Even though in his stallion performance test Coriander showed
exceptional talent as a jumper, it was apparent that he was even
more suited for dressage. He was trained first by H. Peter Mohr,
then went on to show under Wolfgang Schade for the
Holsteiner Verband, through International Grand Prix.
Coriander has produced many State Premium mares and
7 Approved stallion sons, including Cappucino, and Carlino.
Coriander is known for producing very rideable horses with
exceptional movement. He produces elastic movers with deep
and effective shoulders.
has been one of Germany's top stallions, producing horses that have excelled in both advanced dressage and jumping competitions. In the 2001 WBFSH rankings of top jumping sires, he was ranked #5 and was the youngest, at 18 years old, in the top ten. With more than 100 offspring, known for their astonishing movement and jumping ability, Caretino has 18 approved sons and 114 daughters, of which 12 became German State Premium. Caretino was one of four to be accredited as an approved KWPN stallion without having been presented at the Stallion Show nor evaluated on the constitutional requirements of the KWPN.
He won the 1998 Holstein State Show Jumping Championship
that, in turn, qualified him for the Federal German Championships
in Mannheim and won the event. Shortly afterwards he became a
successful international jumper with rider Bo Kristoffersen. Their
efforts included 40 placings in national and international
competitions, and as part of the Danish Nation's Cup team at Gera in
1992, they brought home a fourth place finish.
By 2001, 12 of Caretino's offspring had competed at the international
level including AK Caridor Z (Jos Lansink), Crocodile Dandy
(Alison Firestone), Chandra (Sören von Rönne), Toyzrus
(Jill Henselwood) and Ballerina 124 (Marcus Merschformann).
His is son Camirez (Marcus Merschformann) won the 2001
Hamburg Derby, one of the most demanding events in the
international circuit. In dressage Caretino has also proven himself well with the approved sons Cheenook, Carpaccio and Cockney who are considered some of the best movers ever to have entered the sport.