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International Festival of the Anglo-Arabian at Pompadour

Ionysos du Lys AA

By Isabel Joy (Le journal le Cheval) (Translated by Jonathan Landi) / ANAA
Photography: Anaïs Levé

The Journées Internationales de l'Anglo-Arabe – Pompadour 2021 (The 2021 International Festival of the Anglo-Arabian at Pompadour) – was a vintage year for the three-year-old colts and geldings division.

It’s always a pleasure when it comes to attending the annual finals of the Anglo-Arabian Stud Book, which invariably proves to be a convivial occasion, set against the prestigious backdrop of the Haras de Pompadour.
In tandem with the national finals for young eventers, this festival of the Anglo-Arabian horse invariably attracts a large audience of amateurs and professionals alike, and some even travel from abroad.
Showcasing the talents of the three-year-old colts and geldings division is the highlight of this event, and they also doubled up as qualifiers for the ‘Espoirs du Complet’ (eventing prospects) finals at the Mondial du Lion (the FEI-WBFSH eventing WBCYH) scheduled as always in October.

Ivaincoeur AA (Ivain AA)

Divided into two distinct categories, the pure-bred Anglo-Arabian colts/geldings were grouped together in section I-II, whereas those of mixed blood comprised section III. Although only a few horses qualified for the 2021 finals, they highlighted the full extent of the breed’s qualities: Versatility and the diversity of the various physical builds, which range from elegant and light-framed horses to those types which are athletic and stream-lined.
Ivaincoeur AA, a colt born at the studfarm of Monsieur Georges Moutet-Fortis (64) (Pyrénées-Atlantiques region) proved tops in the three-year-old category (sections I and II) for colts and geldings. This attractive grey can also boast a high-quality pedigree. His sire Ivain AA was alas under-utilised in the breeding shed, but this GP 1m45 class performer is a son of the classy and well-bred Deux de Coeur AA (ISO rated 147), (whose frozen semen samples are still available to breeders). He’s also a grandson of the renowned Réséna AA, herself by Nithard AA, and a mare also responsible for producing the highly influential sire later exported to Germany, Inschallah AA (ex Josselin AA), amongst others.
Ivaincoeur AA’s maternal line is well endowed with performers who achieved some good results, that were no less illustrious than his dam, Araguaia AA – herself a daughter of the excellent Quatar de Plapé AA – who proved herself to be a good showjumper, having attained an ISO score of 148. She also hails from the quality Arabian bloodline line of Altise, who was part of the Pompadour broodmare band.
The pedigree of the runner-up in this division also sets the pulse racing. The horse in question, Ionysos du Lys AA, a very attractive chestnut and a stylish jumper to boot, was born at the stud of Thierry Ripoche (36) (Indre region). He’s a son of the CSI (international show jumping) performer Don Giovanni de Béarn AA (ISO 150 rated). An equally under-utilised stallion, Don Giovanni is a son of the high class Ryon d'Anzex AA (CSIO); which makes him a grandson of the highly influential sire Dionysos II AA: A sought after bloodline which is becoming less prevalent in male lines. This was the result of the fusion between the winning Galanterie B AA, and herself a daughter of Nithard AA... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber