Donella, from the list of D line stallions you have been given, I think Diamond Hit has the strongest loin connection. I saw him two years ago at Rastede and was surprised how compact he was. He was not heavy either, but he can sure throw that. His offspring do not have the nicest type but the rest I love. I used him on a Rubinstein/Argentinus mare this year that throws heavy and I got just that....but of the six foals I had in 2012, I think this one has the most potential for the upper levels. Love him. I have decided to use Diamond Hit next year on my Licotus/Landadel mare. She is super elegant with exceptional gaits. Am hoping DH will bring his nice walk and ability for the upper levels. This is video of her as a two year old. (Need to make under saddle video... she is a dream horse). Anyway, just saying I really like Diamond Hit offspring for the upper levels and he is one I will gamble my best mare on ET. I have gone back and forth between De Niro, Fidertanz and DH for her. I think DH would compliment your mare beautifully.
I really like your rationale Nancy.
When I was in Germany this past year, twice, I asked several breeders whose programmes I respect, which sires they felt were the best dressage sires in Germany. Diamond Hit came up repeatedly.
I had always loved him, and actually purchased a mare because I thought she was a perfect cross (a leggy, modern Romancero / Wenzel /Weltmeyer SPA mare). I bred her to DH and was not disappointed. A very modern filly, totally charming, strong back and gorgeous head/neck, all 3 gaits excellent. DH contributed a better backend. The mare (a top mover) contributed legs and elegance. Daisy will only be 3 next year, but is one of my all-time favorites from foals I have produced.
PS I am a big Benneton Dream fan too, though I was unsuccessful on my one breeding attempt. Have seen several offspring in Germany, and agree with those who suggest a more refined, not too large mare. I did not see foals I did not like (though the better ones are the ones most often shown, of course).