By Jean Llewellyn (Genetiq’Anglo press release/Adrien Cugnasse)
Nicknamed ‘The Genius’, this Anglo Arab stallion was owned by l’Institut Français du Cheval et de l’Equitation (IFCE – French Institute for Horses and Riding), and had been available as a stallion since 2015 thanks to Génétiqu’Anglo. Quercus du Maury represented the genesis of Anglo Arabian breeding, and was the fruit of Renée-Laure Koch and Louis Delieux.
Delieux, based in the Gers region of France, was the breeder of Quercus’s sire, Quatar du Plape (1982: Amir IV AA - Flore AA x Djecko AA. A former rider himself, Delieux was one of the promoters of the Anglo Arab revolution in terms of demonstrating their qualities as sires over the fences. Indeed, it was his own very capable performance mare Floberie (Caprice VIII) whom he crossed with the handsome Djecko (Quicko) – a stallion who had shown exceptional aptitute in free jumping. The product of this union was Flore, who gave birth to two marvellous stallions: Quatar du Plape (by the great jumper Emir IV), and Hazard (Abiron), a horse who competed in Nations’ Cup classes and recorded an index of ISO167 (1981).
Unfortunately, while Quatar du Plape did not compete, he presented a quite brilliant aptitude in jumping tests, in particular by Claude Joineau. Unjustly neglected at the beginning of his breeding career, Quatar du Plape, later established himself as the best stallion stationed in south-western France during the 1990s and 2000s, thanks to the quality of his offspring.
With her ‘du Maury’ suffix, Renée-Laure Koch has notably been the best breeder of the last three decades in his same region. Her success with breeding pure-bred Arabians for endurance is world renowned, and she has also reshaped Anglo Arab stock descending from Yasmine (Daninos). Meanwhile, Louis Delieux owned Sehaidane (Yasmine's mother) whom he’d bought from Edmond Berthelot. The latter, then an instructor at the equestrian center where the Koch family went to ride, had nowhere to raise horses, so entrusted the care of his mare to his friends, which is how Sehaidane became a broodmare at Haras du Maury...