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Albführen’s Paille de la Roque

Paille de la Roque ridden by Steve Guerdat (SUI)

Analysis by Adriana van Tilburg: Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat won the 2015 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, USA, with his 12-year- old mare Albführen’s Paille de la Roque (Kannan - Miloust D’Isigny x Dollar du Mûrier) in a most remarkable way. His first show with this mare had been in a 1m40m class in June 2014 – just 10 months earlier! In less than a year they had become a winning combination at a high international level.

In fact, Steve Guerdat seems to click with Kannan off-spring as he currently has three in his stable, including his Olympic gold medal win- ning horse from London 2012, Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan - Hermine du Prelet x Narcos II) and Kavalier II (Kannan - Dimanche del Ronchetto x Alligator Fontaine).

Paille de la Roque ridden by Steve Guerdat (SUI)
Paille de la Roque ridden by Steve Guerdat (SUI)

Paille was sold as an embryo to the Hécart family, and Michel Hécart had jumped at Grand Prix level with Kannan. This line has been bred for some generations by the Hermon family in Normandy. Christophe Sireuil took over the line and recalls: “I started with the mare Milouste d’Isigny to use as a riding horse for my son; they jumped at 1m35 level. I also bought Priam d’Isigny as I am good friends with the Hermonfamily. I also bought Aconiere d’Isigny when Lucien Hermon passed away. In agreement with the family they allow me to use the d’Isigny name”.


Paille’s great-grandmother, Baconniere (Nankin - Licorne C x Rantzau xx) was only used as a broodmare by Lucien Hermon. She had a lot of blood through her Nankin x Rantzau xx combination. Christian Hermon recalls: “We always had around six or seven brood- mares and bought Bacon- niere when she was 16 years old. She was a beautiful bay mare with the size of 1m65. Her daughter Jasmin A Z (Trade Wind) jumped na- tional Grand Prix with André Chenu. Baconniere’s son Rivage d’Isigny (Jalisco B) was the reserve horse for the Olympics. I think that must have been Seoul (1988)”...