SF stallion champion 2017: Eldorado d’Elle (2014: Qlassic Bois Margot - Niade d’Elle x Richebourg), bred by Haras d’Elle

By Jean Llewellyn (translated from an SF communique)

The Selle Français studbook is about to launch a breeding revolution with the redesign of its selection system for young SF stallions. Their communique explained that this rethink for their two- and three-year-old stallion circuit is being motivated in order to meet breeders’ expectations, and especially to closely follow the psychological development of horses. Henceforth, the traditional qualifying tour for stallions will take place in the Fall, rather than in Spring.

All young stallions will now be evaluated young males will be evaluated from half October and throughout the month of November on the usual format of selections in the region, which should be six in number. The integers will thus be able to benefit until then from the benefits of the spring grass and thus optimize their growth during the beautiful days.
This evolutionary initiative also meets a need for the professionals who prepare these horses for the selections and the final. Very caught by the Spring breeding season which is in full swing, and the valuation circuits for four- five- and six-year-olds, breeders and riders will benefit from a calendar more suited to the requirements of their profession.

In practice...

From 2019 for three-year-olds ‘G’: At the end of the qualifying tour, around 50 of the best colts will be retained to participate in a performance test that will be held in early December. Thirty of these will then be approved following this period of evaluation.

For the two-year-old ‘H’ generation, the best of the 2019 Fall qualifiers will find themselves in a ‘new formula’ final that will be held during the Saint-Lô Stallion Show in February 2020. A total of 30 finalists will be invited to the stallion championship. Their approval will then be confirmed at the end of the performance test that will take place at the beginning of October 2020...CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS

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