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Stories can be rewritten, but history remains the same

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Editor’s note: In March 1997, issue number three of the newly launched Breeding News for Sport Horses, we published an analysis by Patricia Cagé of a much-celebrated stallion who was already becoming a legend – at least in France. Today, Quidam de Revel’s breeding longevity continues and provides one of the most emblematic histories in sport horse breeding.

For the purpose of breeding enlightenment, we are pleased to share this 1997 analysis once again with a new generation of breeders, demonstrating that breeding history has no boundaries, and how decisions made 25 years ago are relevant today. (Please note that while the majority of information has been retained as written in 1997, some minor content details have been expanded based on our consistent presentation of information that has evolved since this was first published. These additions are italicized in the text.)

In May 1993, Quidam de Revel left French shores. More than a great sport horse, he had been the best French competitor at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and one of the pillars of the French team under the saddle of the talented Hervé́ Godignon. Quidam was the carrier of a formidable genetic heritage that the French allowed to escape from their clutches, with some consolation nonetheless.

At 15-years old (in 1997), he is still one of the best ambassadors of French breeding across Europe. That is without counting the fact that, ahead of some of the best current combinations, he carried off one of the most coveted Grand Prix titles, that of Hannover, under the saddle of the young Thomas Velin, just a few weeks ago.

Quidam de Revel unites two of the most important bloodlines that have ever existed in Selle Français breeding; on his sire’s side, the invaluable Jalisco B, and on the other, a sire who has been ranked number one in France, the remarkable Uriel... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber

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