Candy de Nantuel jumping in Lanaken under the saddle of Thomas Rousseau (FRA)

By Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: Courtesy GFE

Two years ago I wrote a report about the showjumping FEI-WBFSH World Breeding Championship for Young Horses. During this event Candy de Nantuel (Luidam - Thara Nantuel x Diamant de Semilly, bred by Claire Gouin) was the talk of a great many people. I wrote: “Also this SF-bred stallion had some very good performances during this championship.

His mother, Thara Nantuel, is jumping at 1m45 under the saddle of Arthur Deuquet and her full sister, Oceane de Nantuel, jumped 1m60 under the saddle of Michel Hecart and Alexandra Paillot. Eventually Candy’s motherline traces back to a Thoroughbred mareline, TB-5. He is now nine and has moved to the stables of Pénélope Leprévost, but what is the story behind this rising-star stallion?

GFE Candy de Nantuel (SF)

Thoroughbred mare family 5

The motherline of Candy de Nantuel descends from three generations of Selle Français registered Warmbloods. His fourth generation, Alikamé x (Alize x - Kambas xx x Basil xx, breeder: S.C.E.A. Du Bois du Cher) is Anglo Arab, while the fifth generation is Thoroughbred. According to the IFCE (French institute for horses and riding), Kambas xx (Basil xx - Kamakias xx x King Legend xx, bred by Mrs. I.M.A. Todd) was born in Ireland.
Alikamé is the full sister of the maternal grandmother of the excellent Tatchou AA (Faristan - Taizka de Jurigny X x Ela Aid X, bred by Peter Fehlmann), who has an outstanding evaluated index of ICC 183. Winner of the world championship for seven year olds at the eventing WBCYH in Le Lion d'Angers, Tatchou finished second in the CCI 5*-L in Pau in 2008 under the saddle of Nicolas Touzaint.
The foundation of Thoroughbred mareline 5 is also interesting. I quote from page 22 of the book Genetic Heritage, written by Ken McLean: “Massy’s Black Barb mare, by Massy’s Black Barb from an Arabian mare imported from Egypt, is believed to be almost pure Arabian and is sometimes referred to as the Massey Mare. She produced Old Ebony (by Bastro) which produced Ebony (by Flying Childers).” On the website Thoroughbred Heritage the line can be traced from the foundation mare up to the mare Trieste (Plum Pudding) born in 1868. Old Ebony was born in 1714, and is the foundation of Candy de Nantuel’s mareline.
This line has a great many branches, but what we know s that the legendary Thoroughbred Djebel xx, bred by Marcel Boussac, also came from this family, just like Sadler’s Wells xx, Seabiscuit xx, and Son-in-Law xx.

The breeder: Claire Gouin

Marie-Laure Deuquet, the daughter of Claire and Jacques Gouin, who lives on the family farm in Courquoy, bought Royaltie III (Kaolin de Lyre - Alikame X x Alize X) and recalls: “We bought Royaltie III as a three-year-old in 1986 to compete, but she had an accident and was never able to compete. She had her first foal at the age of four or five, not when she was nine, an ‘A’ who died at birth. Her second foal was Boston de Nantuel by Fury de la Cense, who was sold at six months to the rider Jacques Bourven. This horse had a good index in showjumping. Royaltie’s third foal, Cachou de Nantuel, is also by Fury de la Cense. She then produced:
• Dandy de Nantuel (O'Malley) sold to Switzerland at the age of seve, and won the Swiss championship before he died; • Esquisse de Nantuel (I Love You), well indicated, then produced several foals including Shiva de Nantuel (Baloubet du Rouet) who gave Boreal de Nantuel – whose name was changed to Oak Grove’s Darshan – who jumped five-star Grand Prix and became an approved stallion;
• Funny de Nantuel (Lubumbashi), sold at the Poitiers sale and exported to Italy;
• Girandole de Nantuel (I Love You), who produced Rahmannshof’s Cumana/ex Nature Menardiere, by Cumano, who jumped at 1m55 under the saddle of Sören von Rönne. She also gave Riga Menrdiere (Quaprice du Bois Margot) who jumped at 1m55 under the saddle of Isabelle Robin;
• Hugo de Nantuel (Olisco), [five-year-old showjumping finalist in Fontainebleau (ISO 137)];
• Jiky de Nantuel (Papillon Rouge), [six-year-old showjumping finalist in Fontainebleau], a good winner of several six-bar classes, exported to the USA, then returned to France where he jumped at 1m50 level with various riders, and is an approved stallion for SF;
• Karma de Nantuel (Quidam de Revel), the dam of Thara Nantuel, a good showjumper. She competed in the European Junior Championship and jumped at 1m50 under the saddle of Emanuele Fiorelli. Karma was a very good showjumping winner, and we sold her to Italy. She produced Thara de Nantuel, Ophée de Nantuel – bought by the Haras Nationaux at the age of three, and Océane de Nantuel, all by Diamant de Semilly, himself a good international winner.
Thara produced:
• Candy de Nantuel (Luidam), sold at the Fences sales at the age of three, bought by GFE;
• Cobalt de Nantuel (Tobago Chevrier), a good show jumping winner recently sold to Danielle Lambert, a Canadian rider based with Philippe Rozier;
• Gandy de Nantuel (Luidam) sold at Fences and exported to Belgium, then Switzerland to Martin Fuchs;
• Folie de Nantuel (Luidam) sold to Elevage de Kreisker and Marc Dilasser;
• Gaya de Nantuel (Luidam) is starting as a five-year-old with us. Gaya has given a filly by Chilli Willi... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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