Hero Horse


2004 | 176 | Dark chestnut | Zangersheide

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  • General stud information: TESTED NEGATIVE FOR WFFS (Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome) - NON CARRIER
  • Accepted for:
    • AES
    • BWP
    • Selle Français
    • Zangersheide
  • Sperm types: Fresh, Frozen
  • Stud fee for fresh semen: €1,500.00
  • Stud fee for frozen semen: €550.00
  • Stud fee information: 1000 Euro for a maximum of 3 cycles + 500 Euro surcharge after 3 months pregnancy. See below "Documents" → Breeding conditions. For ICSI, please ask for our specific conditions.

Don VHP Z is a horse with exceptional charisma, intelligence and presence. With his fantastic results he is a stallion in great demand with the breeders.

We know Don VHP Z as vice European Champion and winner of major CSI5* Grand Prix’s, such as that of GCT Hamburg, Grand-Prix Rome and his numerous flawless Nations Cup performances, not to forget jumping double clear at the FEI Nations Cup Final of Barcelona with his rider Harrie Smolders to clinch the win for Holland.  Don VHP Z has a percentage of 86% clear rounds in 1.60m courses. Few horses will equal that.

SIRE: Diamant de Semilly is the sire of this extraodinary stallion. Diamant de Semilly was an exceptional showjumper and is a proven sire! Born in 1991 out of Le Tot de Semilly x Elf III. Diamant won team gold  at the World Championship in 2002 at Jerez de la Frontera and individual 9th place in the final , 2002 team gold , 2003 team silver European Championship in Donaueschingen. He also won numerous Grand prix’s including GP Saint-Lo and GP Caen. Several descendants of Diamant de Semilly are active at the highest level.

DAM: The dam is Sara van het Parelshof (Voltaire x Ramiro) born in 1995. From this dam line there are several international jumping horses. including HH Carlos Z ridden by McLain Ward. This combination won many big classes. Carlos was retired from the sport in 2017. Despite her age, the dam is still used for breeding at Stoeterij 't Merelnest in Belgium.

Don's first offspring were born in 2010 in the UK, several of them are now jumping at top level such as Z7 Regal Don (Katie Speller), Donvier (Jennifer Gates Nassar), Dreams of Don (Lee Middleton), Paris 16 (Nicole Pavitt), Lord Don (Ciaran Flynn), Don Royale (Philip Miller), Donavaya (Georgia Tame).  Don is available for breeding since 2017, he is very popular with the breeders worldwide and produces very beautiful long legged foals with strong character.



Don VHP Z has been ridden by Harrie Smolders since 2015. This combination has achieved many international top performances at the highest level. In 2017 Don won the “Horse Of The Year” award after a phenomenal season, after his victory at the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, his silver medal at the European Championships in Gothenburg, 2nd place in the LGCT GP of Rome and Nations Cup in Hickstead, and 3rd place in the LGCT GP of Paris. The following year Don and his rider Harrie Smolders won the LGCT GP of Hamburg, took 2nd place in the Nations Cup of La Baule, 3rd in the Nations Cup of Rotterdam, 3rd in the LGCT GP of Paris and the LGCT GP of Doha.   In 2019 Don won the 5* GP of Knokke, he was 2nd place in the LGCT GP of Miami and the 5* GP of Brussels, and finished in 3rd place in the LGCT GP of Mexico.