FRANCE (by Tiphaine Guetre) August in Normandy at Saint-Lô is a special time for sport horse breeders. The top five foals who obtained the best average score in each of the four national sections were invited to parade in front of the public in order to announce their final ranking. Winning their respective sections were: Faya de la Botte SF (older filly); Fidji du Marais SF (young filly); Flocon de l’Isle SF (older colt); Fleetwood Diam SF (young colt).

Tradition dictates that consecration of just one overall winner out of the four has to be determined following the parade, and it was to the delight of the crowd, just before the three-star Saint-Lô CSI, that Fleetwood Diam SF became the 2015 Selle Francais foal champion.

Older fillies champion Faya de la Botte SF (Montender - Unesca de la Botte SF x Palestro II SF)
Older fillies champion Faya de la Botte SF (Montender - Unesca de la Botte SF x Palestro II SF)

The second and final round of the Selle Français Foal National Championship reached its high point when the broodmares were presented in-hand with their foals expressing themselves freely by their sides. Saturday was a new opportunity for breeders, following the ‘blind test’ (judges did not know foals’ origins) which took place in the evening in the Selle Français Havrincourt ring, of allowing the youngsters to prove themselves and demonstrate their bloodline profiles and pedigree crosses.

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