A total of 85 three-year-old stallions qualified for the Grand Finale of the 2017 French Selle Français championship. During three days of competition and four separate tests, 20 new SF stallions were approved. Subsequently, the Selle Français committee selected a further 21 horses based on their 'maternal line’ bonus classification, specific genetics and their performances during the championship. These horses are also invited to participate in testing until November 8, after being entrusted to the capable hands of Francis Mas and Serve Cornut – supported by many other professional riders. At the end of this testing period, and based on the results, the studbook commission will decide which out of this second batch of stallions will also be approved.
The grand champion of 2017 is Eldorado d’Elle, a son of Qlassic Bois Margot out of Niade d’Elle (Richebourg), bred by Bertrand Pignolet with a global mark of 16.98 (16.87 for paces, 16.25 for model, 17.62 in free jumping and 17.87 jumping under saddle). The vice champion was Echo Longane (Ogrion des Champs - Noémie de Laume x Carthago), born at the home of his owner, Christian Morel, with a final mark of 16.28 (16.87, 15.80, 15.69, 17.25 for the same four tests, respectively). Occupying the third podium place, Emir du Chanu (Air Jordan - Jadechanu x Papillon Rouge), bred by Yves Langelier, and presented by Guy Beloussof, with a final mark of 16.22.