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Selle Français: Successful 10-day stallion testing

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Winner: Happy Day d’Iscla (Toulon [BWP] - Signora x Kannan)

By Anne Robert / ANSF
Photography: Les Garennes

After 10 days of preparation and testing with our expert’s watchful advice (Serge Cornut, Francis Mas and Manuel Godin), the stallions that have been approved following the 2020 Selle Français stallion 10-day testing have been announced.

The best stallion is Happy Day d’Iscla (Toulon [BWP] - Signora x Kannan). This son of Toulon distinguished himself during last February’s championship by finishing in fourth place and, therefore, securing his place for the stallion testing. Certainly, he confirmed his very good performances over the recent 10 days. His qualities and the very nice maternal bloodline (rated 10 out of 10 with the strain of his granddam, Sophie du Château) of this smart bay horse have already been appreciated by the breeders as they have presented him with 100 mares over the course of the year.

Important labels

In total, 55 males were presented during the 2020 10-day stallion testing, representing the best of their ‘H’ generation out of almost 400 males seen between autumn 2019 and autumn 2020. Twenty-two subsequently graduated with the ‘very promising’ label, as well as 13 being awarded as ‘hopefuls’.

Runner-up: Helios d’Helby (Cornet Obolensky/ex Windows vh Costersveld - Messaline du Ry x Carthago)

The ‘very promising’ label means that the overall average, including all the tests combined, exceeds 16 out of 20 (an accumulation of all the ratings from the qualifiers or the championship, plus the different testing evaluations: Testing experts, Selle Français judges, international expert riders). Among this group we can name seven males (in addition to Happy Day), who qualified for the 10-day testing during last February’s championship:.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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