Alligator Fontaine with Eric Navet

It was with great sadness that Bernard Le Courtois announced the passing of his Selle Français stallion Alligator Fontaine (Gayssire Fleury-Noren - Nighty Fontaine x Dark Tiger), saying that although "it's true that he lived to the great old age of 30, it's always a difficult moment to say goodbye to a horse that has shared 30 years of your life." Alligator was bred by Michel Pelissier, a son of the 1984 Horse of the Year in the United States, out of Nighty Fontaine – a full sister of I Love You, who was Horse of the Year in 1983 and winner of the World Cup title in that same year. Alligator spent virtually his whole life at Haras de Brullemail, achieving great success with Eric Navet (FRA) – twice becoming French champions, second in the Derby in La Baule and Aachen, and winner of the Sires of the World, among many international victories. He is the only SF stallion to achieve a jumping performance index of ISO 190, although he was not one of the most popular stallions among French breeders, so he only serviced 400 mares in his breeding lifetime (1994-2016), although some 20% achieves a jumping of 120+. His best-known jumping horse is Jalisca Solier (out of Dune Solier x Jalisco B) – team bronze for Switzerland at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong with Steve Guerdat. (A full profile of Alligator Fontaine will appear in the October issue of BN.)