Friday, March 27, 2020

Foundation Sire: Double Espoir

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!

165 cm
Breeder: Alexis Pignolet

In the Vendée region of France, Double Espoir was an extremely important sire. Double Espoir is by Ibrahim, whose grandsire is Orange Peel xx; and out of a mare by Quatrième Espoir, also a grandson of Orange Peel xx, making two crosses of this influential Thoroughbred. On the dam line there is more Thoroughbred blood with L’Alcazar xx.

Double Espoir several times won the title “Best French Sire.” He produced the international competitors Lafayette (out of the Thoroughbred Première Main xx) – a team bronze medal winner at the Seoul Games with Michel Robert - and Lisou Blinois (also out of a Thoroughbred, Flute Enchantee xx), who competed at the 1990 WEG with Italy’s Massimilano Baroni.

Double Espoir has a reputation as sire-maker. He sired Valespoir Malabry, best French stallion in the 1996 “Masters” of Caen (and the sire of two stallion sons); Bey de Sèvres, the champion four-year old in 1993; Bayard d’Elle, who is the sire of eight stallion sons, and Avec Espoir who placed in several French Grand Prix and CSI events. His two best known sons are Apache d’Adriers and Flipper d’Elle. All told, Double Espoir was the sire of just on 50 stallion sons.

To read the entire article, with pedigree, details of Double Espoir's sons and daughters, on the Horse Magazine website, click here.

There is one stallion descendant of Double Espoir on Click here:

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