LOOKING forward to visiting the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy this summer? Why not extend your stay to include a trip to the biggest European young horse breeding event in the world — the Grande Semaine de l’Elevage (8-14 September).
Having witnessed the champions of today gallop, jump and dance their way to victory in Normandy, complete your trip by seeing future champions in the making — and perhaps even bagging your own young world-beater.
This fascinating showcase event, which takes place in Fontainebleau, just 50km from Paris, immediately after the WEG, is organised by the Société Hippique Francaise (SHF). It brings together the top selected 1,700 4- to 7-year-old young horses in Europe, which have been chosen from some 13,000 participants in the spring qualifying circuits.
Stars of tomorrow
FOR the past 25 years, an impressive number of future stars — from 6 months to 3 years of age — have passed through the Fences Sale, which is incorporated in this event and will take place from 10-14 September.
Among the champions that have been sold through the sale and subsequently competed at the Grande Semaine are two finalists of the 2014 World Cup and two of the three most recent European Champions — names such as Quickly De Kreisker, Nougat Du Vallet, Myrtille Paulois, Kraque Boom and the recently-retired Itot Du Château.
Légendes photo du haut : Myrtille Paulois SF/ Elite Fences Sales at 3 years-old, finalist in Fontainebleau at 4, 5 and 6 years-old, 2013 European Champion
Légende photo colonne de gauche : YOUNG HORSE NATIONAL FINALS
Légende photo colonne de gauche : ELITE FENCES SALES