Diamant de Semilly
One of the best stallions to come out of France. WBFSH 2015 and 2016 number 1 jumping sire. Currently ranked number 2.
Diamant de Semilly was destined for greatness right from the start qualifying for the French Championships at Fontainebleau as a four-, five-, and six-year-old. In 1999 he was France’s 1st Category Champion at the jumping criterium and winner of the Stallion World Championship in 1999 Caen CSIA.
He went on to have a hugely successful international career with numerous wins and placings at Grand Prix. In 2000 he was preselected for the Atlanta Olympic Games. His successes continued and he won team gold at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (and individual ninth) and in the same year was crowned French Champion after a great season with 11 clear rounds out of 12 in Nations Cups within Rome, Aachen, Donaueschingen. The following year he won team silver at the 2003 European Championships.
In 2004, after a good start (winner of Auvers GP CSI), he was short-listed for the Athens Olympic Games, but because of tendinitis, he had to stop competing for a while. But that wasn’t the end because he came back to finish the 2005 showjumping season by winning the two Grand Prix CSI3* of Saint-Lô de Caen and in 2006 he won the Belgian Grand Prix in Liège.
Diamant is by the immensely accomplished Le Tot de Semilly who won 22 international and 63 national Grands Prix between 1988 and 1991. Le Tot also proved himself as a sire with many of his offspring having reached Grand Prix; one of the best known is the international superstar Itot du Chateau, who was fifth individually at the London Olympic Games, and has won the Doha, Cannes and Chantilly GCT Grands Prix, the London Olympia World Cup qualifier, and the Bordeaux Grand Prix, among many other international wins and placings.
Diamant was orphaned at birth and was his dam’s only foal, but he descends from a very successful damline which has produced 1.50m jumpers Korto Maltese (by Le Tot de Semilly), Milliard des Cresles, Jolita des Cresles (by Diamant de Semilly), Kama de Cresles, and Noble Sire.
Damsire, Elf III, has produced a number of Grand Prix offspring including the stallion Edelf Bauchetiere, and more than 30 licensed sons.
Diamant has proven himself time and again as a sire of champions. His list of Grand Prix winners includes the likes of Quickly de Kreisker, Don VHP Z, Emerald van ‘t Ruytershof (also availabe through Iconic Sires), Heliodor Hybris, Sunshine, Hello Guv’nor, Rock’n’Roll Semilly, Flipper D’Elle, and Utamaro D’Ecaussines.
He is also the sire of a CCI4* event horse in Toledo de Kerser, winner of the Bramham U25CCI3* in 2016 and shortlisted for the 2016 Rio Olympics.