Friday, October 4, 2019

Foundation Sire: Le Tot de Sémilly

Here is the next installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday.  Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

1977–2009
167 cm
Chestnut
Breeder: Jules Mesnildrey
Stood at Haras de Couvains


The fantastic success of the French all-stallion showjumping team at the 2002 WEG in Jerez put the focus back very firmly on French blood and none was more representative of the Selle Français heritage than Le Tot de Sémilly.
Like so many stallions, Le Tot de Sémilly is bound up with the fortunes of one horse breeding family, in this case the Levallois family. ...
Germain Levallois purchased the Grand Veneur foal out of Venue de Tot and christened him Le Tot de Sémilly, and gave him to his son Eric to ride. Le Tot was a powerful horse, but they grew together. From their first season together, the whole world wanted to buy the stallion, the Federation, the Americans…


To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Le Tot de Sémilly's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There are a few of stallion descendants of Le Tot de Sémilly in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on WarmbloodStallionsNA.com:




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