By Anne Robert / SF
Photography: Les Garennes
The autumnal tour of the Selle Français stallion qualifiers ended on November 19 with the aim of selecting the best males of the two and three-year-old, ‘H’ and ‘I’ generations, respectively. At the end of eight qualifying legs throughout France, and following the meeting of the Stud-book approval committee, 83 males qualified for the championship on February 19.
Another, 47 will participate in the 10-day stallion testing that will take place from December 7-17, to which will be added the 25 stallions approved during the February 2020 championship.
In total, 283 two-year-olds and 125 three-year-olds were appraised during the 2020 qualifying tour, with the regional origins of the qualified horses being quite diverse for the stallion championship as for the stallion 10-day testing. It certainly shows the homogeneity of the breeders producing or wanting to produce Selle Français horses around the country. Some of them, such as Elevage Riverland, entered 12 of their two-year-olds in the 2021 Championship, as well as Haras de Talma., who will present three of their males at the stallion 10-day testing.
Regarding origins, there is no significant majority, but a few common Selle Français sires among the qualified horses for the 2021 stallion championship, such as Candy de Nantuel (five times), Diamant de Semilly and Mylord Carthago (each four times). Other origins are represented severally, such as Balou du Rouet (seven times) and Vagabond de la Pomme (four times).
Among the qualified horses for the 10-day test, there are two Selle Français, Candy de Nantuel and Diamant de Semilly, each appearing twice, as well as Vigo Cece. From other studbooks, Eldorado de Hus and Contendro each appear three times; twice apiece for Kannan and For Pleasure... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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