Selle Francais:The foundation breed for the Selle
Francais was the Anglo-Norman, developed in Normandy in the 19th century by crossing the Norfolk Trotter and imported English Thoroughbred stallions to the local mares. About 90 per cent of today's Selle Français trace back to the anglo-Norman.
Furioso, is thought to be the most influential thoroughbred in warmblood breeding, Rantzau and Ultimate were also incredibly important in the developement of the Selle Français breed. The names of these three Thoroughbred sires can be found in virtually every successful modern Selle Français.
The Selle Français was named a breed in 1958, with its first stud book published in 1965. The horses usually stand 16 to 16.2 hands high, but can be up to 17 hands high. They are typically bay and chestnut but roans can also be found. The Selle francais is a superb all around competition horse, ideally suited for show jumping.
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