FRANCE (by Tiphaine Guetre) The Selle Français Qualifiers Tour has started to the great pleasure of breeders, owners, merchants and lovers of these horses. Presented in their best light, two- and three-year-old colts and fillies were presented during the shows in Saint-Etienne de Tulmont and La Roche-sur-Yon under the sharp eye of the Selle Français judges for the first two phases of the 2015 selections.

The tests, based on conformation, paces and free jumping are the opportunity for Selle Français breeders to manage and socialize their young horses, while allowing the public to appreciate their jumping abilities and morphological predisposition of these youngsters, often with very prestigious origins (Diamant de Semilly SF, Dollar dela Prierre SF, Conrad, Vagabond de la Pomme, L’Arc de Triomphe, Air Jordan...). For those who are genetically passionate about the Selle Français, these qualifying days offer the opportunity to earn a ticket for the French colt championship in Saint-Lô, October 22-25, during the Journées Selle Français, or the filly’s event, September 4-5 during La Grande Semaine de Fontainebleau.

Pre-eminent sire during the SF selections, Diamant de Semilly, La Baule in 2003. Photo: Costabadie
Pre-eminent sire during the SF selections, Diamant de Semilly, La
Baule in 2003.
Photo: Costabadie

In the three-year-old Selle Français colts section in Saint Etienne de Tulmont, the Euskadi suffix was visible on the first two steps of the podium. Bred by Marc Hiriart Durruty from Bidart, Concerto d’Euskadi SF (Sandro Boy - Native d’Euskadi SF x Galoubet A SF) was the competition winner. He was immediately followed by Coup d’Coeur d’Euskadi SF (Diamant de Semilly SF - Native d’Euskadi SF x Galoubet A SF) in second place...

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