By Anne Robert/SF
Photography: Françoise Langenais
The must-see event for breeding enthusiasts, the stallion show at the Pôle Hippique de Saint Lô was held on February 23/24. Between model or jumping presentations, and a stallion competition, many highlights marked this weekend co-organized with the Selle Français stud-Book and in an atmosphere of great conviviality.
Throughout the weekend, the public was delighted by the arena presentations. Between young promising stallions (Fibonacci de Lessac*HDC, Funcky Music Semilly, Eldorado d’Elle, Gus Star d’Esclain…) and the most famous names (Orient Express*HDC, Qlassic Bois Margot, Mylord Carthago...), the choice was wide. Everyone appreciated the qualities of the horses present and could enjoy one of the most exciting moments in breeding: Who to bet on for the future. Strength? Respect? Chic? Whatever the criteria sought by breeders, many reached their goals with over 1,000 breeding contracts signed during the weekend, for all stud farms combined.
Under a shiny Norman sun, the first stallions entered the arena Saturday morning, and were presented until the close of the afternoon. Then came one of the highlights of the show: The delivery of the Prime Genetique Avenir cheques. The Genetique Avenir breeding program promotes the use of young male genetics to reduce the generation gap and encompasses young stallions approved in their first three years of breeding in France, up to a maximum of nine years of age. The Selle Français Stud Book, in partnership with the ASEP (Association Syndicale des Étalonniers Privés), encourages the use of young stallions and rewards the efforts of the breeders who commit themselves to the system through premiums awarded at various annual stallions fairs. More than €70,000 in total was distributed to breeders across the board...CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS
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