USEF announced that Don Principe (Donnerhall - SPS Papagena by Prince Thatch xx), a 1999 bay Hanoverian stallion owned by Maryanna Haymon, Marydell Farms, Columbus, NC, has been named the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for 2013. The USEF Leading Sire system has become a valuable way for stallion owners, breeders, and trainers to evaluate the success of a stallion's offspring in many different venues from competitions throughout the United States.
With top results throughout the season by offspring such as Danseuse MF (Don Principe-Fuerst Heinrich), Dinah Shore MF (Don Principe-Rotspon), and CCS Legolas (Don Principe-Falkenhorst), Don Principe earned the ranking of top USEF dressage sire for the 2013 competition year. Don Principe is also the only sire to have produced three winners of the USDF Traveling Trot award (Duet MF, David Bowie MF and Dansuse MF.) He is also the sire of approved AHS Elite stallion, Doctor Wendell MF. Don Principe was bred by Adelheid Bruening in Germany.