The Selle Français studbook is travelling throughout France for one month to judge and select young stallions. The tour will end on July 5 and 6, in St Lô, Normandy, where around 150 exceptional males will be judged and graded by a panel of experienced judges. For their breeders, the goal is to be selected for the two- and three-year-old stallion championship that will be held from October 24 to 27. These events are open to the public and admission is free of charge, so don't hesitate to visit.
The 2017 winner, Eldorado d'Elle (2014) was bred by Alexis and Hubert Pignolet of Haras d'Elle, whose showjumping aptitude resulted in a genetic index of +14 (0.36). Via his BWP sire, Richebourg, Eldorado is a grandson of Opaline des Pins (bred by René Henry) – a prolific dam of world-class showjumpers, including the Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medallist Jus de Pomme (Primo des Bruyeres), with Ulrich Kirchhof (GER); and Shogoun II – a five- and six-year-old classic cycle finalist, among others. Opaline is, herself, a granddaughter of the legendary Almé.
Eldorado's paternal bloodline shows such illustrious ancestors as l'Arc de Triomphe (Oldbg: Landor S) and Galoubet A (SF: Almé).