The 17-year-old Selle Français stallion Norman Pré Noir (Carthago - Farandol III x Tresor de Cheux) belonging to the Joanneteau family's Haras de Villers, has died following an attack of colic. Bred by Cominique Bidault Martin, the stallion was back at home for the 2018 covering season.

A uterine brother of Quorioso Pré Black (Kannan), who was champion of France under the saddle of Timothy Anciaume, Norman Pré Noir enjoyed a successful international career with his owner Olivier Joanneteau. In 2005, in the French national young-horse finals he was awarded 'elite' as a four-year-old. In 2013, based on competition performances, his showjumping index was ISO 153 (0.92): BSO +21 (0.96). He also carried an eventing index of BCC +16 (0.42).

This past season, of 355 SF-registered offspring, so far, many are now making their presence on the international showjumping stage, such as Top Class du Plessis (2007: out of Ulane du Plessis x Narcos II), bred by André Chenu, who achieved 'excellent' status in the 5yo young-horse finals and is now competing in CSI with Pierre-Marie Friant (FRA); Tandeme (2007: out of Ueleme x Nelfo du Mesnil), co-bred by Daniel Millet and Haras de Villers – who was started by Olivier Joanneteau but is now under the CSI saddle of Clement Deshayes (FRA); and five-year-old French champion Bibici – a full sister to Tandeme born in 2011, also bred by Daniel Millet. Bibici is now in the hands of Marie Hecart (FRA), who is continuing to compete in CSI young-horse classes and has recorded three international victories at 1m25.

Norman Pré Noir may be gone, but his legacy will live on.