Wow is all I can say. The year 2018 was an incredible year for FHE. We sold over 100 horses and were featured in the magazine The Plaid Horse: link to article here. We found some incredible horses this year and were able to match up some very special horses with some wonderful riders. All in all this year was everything we could have wanted and more. Thank you to all our clients, sellers, breeders, and riders near and far and we wish you success and happiness with your furry friends in 2019!
We would like to thank all our clients tremendously for the four amazing horses we sold last month. We wish these clients the best of luck for the future!
Vicomte: 8 year old SF geldign by Orlando. Sold to trainer Annie Walters in South Carolina.
Diorado: 8 year old Oldenburg gelding by Diarado, experience up to 1.35m. Sold to a junior rider in Iowa.
Ello: 3 year old SF gelding sold to Iowa!
Eclair: 3 year old SF gelding sold to CA. Eclair will be spending some time in France training for the 4 year old series next year. This is a great option for clients looking to buy a youngster and keep them in training without incurring the enormous costs in the U.S. Eclair will be training with an excellent French rider who specializes in showing and training young horses.
If you have nothing planned, come to Normandy! The National Stud at Saint Lo has 10 full days jam packed with the regional finals, a puissance, horse ball championships, and many other unmissable events. From August 3rd to 14th all of these events will be held at the National Stud. Current clients, potential clients, and simply those interested should look into coming. It is a great opportunity to experience gorgeous Normandy, eat some delicious French food, drink some to die for wine, and horse shop! Most of the horses competing in the regional finals during this week will be for sale. We can organize trials and retrials during the event. Also what better way to see that many sale horses in one location and not to mention top bred cute fuzzy foals that will be parading around for the breeding show! So DO NOT miss out on this amazing opportunity. Make sure to watch this teaser and contact us for more info.
Canada and America get ready, we are coming to you! I will be visiting different shows for the next three months. Fancy flyers and new catalogs will be making the trip with me, so please let us know those of you who would be interested in meeting up. Here is our current schedule:
In the Toronto area:
Caledon Horse show June 27th-July 2nd
Ottawa and surrounding area
Ottawa National and Ottawa International Horse show (July 11th-16th and July 19th to 23rd)
West coast folks!
Oregon High Desert Classic July 27th to July 30th
East coast folks!
Capital Challenge September 29th to October 2nd
And yes y’all we are making an appearance down south
Texas Fall Classic October 26th to 29th
Please contact us if you will be at or around any of these shows and we will make sure to meet up with you!
France has a complete young horse circuit for 3-7 year olds that has proven time and again it is a vital part of the preparation of young horses.
The 3 year old classes are not as full as the 4,5, and 6 year old classes, as many owners chose not to show their horses until 4 years old. The three year old classes include free jumping and riding the horses in a class very similar to hunter hack, where the horse is walked, trotted, and cantered both directions in front of judge and then jumps a line of fences. It is the perfect way to get a young horse exposed to a show atmosphere and give them a good basis to start their jumping career.
Diego (pictured above)
The four year old series includes both the training and qualification series, where heights are maxed out at 1.15m. The courses are set with friendly fences, wide turns, and riders are even given the opportunity to jump the open water at the regional finals.
Cash (pictured above)
The five year old series also includes a training and qualification series and courses are set at a max height of 1.25m. Much like the 4 year old series, this series offers courses that are meant to build confidence for the young ones.
Briseis (pictured above)
The 6 year old series becomes a bit more demanding and Alize and I believe this is where the cream of the crop stand out. Courses are set at a max height of 1.35m and include also a speed round. The turns are smaller, lines more challenging, and the horses have to demonstrate scope. The horses that are unable to continue at this height are offered a 6 year old training series which is set at the same height as the 5 year old qualification (1.25m). Horses that compete in the 6 year old qualification series that qualify for both the regional and national final clearly demonstrate scope for 1.40m or higher.
Aurane (pictured above)
The last young horse series that is offered, is the 7 year old series. This series is for GP prospects. It is demanding, high, and technical. Only the best make it through to the regional and national finals, where they often times finish with great rounds and high price tags! However, we have found some really talented horses competing in this series that are still reasonably priced. If you are looking for a 1.45m prospect or higher, this is the place.
The 3,4,5,6, and 7 year old young horse show circuits provide great exposure and confidence building courses for the young ones. As the horse gets farther along they are challenged and pushed to become better. We feel horses that compete in the young horse series are incredibly well prepared to compete in the American young horse shows as the heights are higher in France.
We have had a great month so far with some horse tours, young horse shows, a French hunter show, and great weather! Here are the horses we have sold in the past couple weeks:
Cassis, 5 year old SF gelding by Quite Easy (leading hunter sire in the US in 2015). This stunning gelding is now in California.
Bijou, 6 year old SF gelding by Arc de Triomphe X Quaprice Boimargot Quincy. This equally stunning gelding made the trip over to California with Cassis. He is currently for sale with trainer Nicole Dicorti Bush at Stagnaro Stables in Gilroy, California.
Ballerine, 6 year old SF mare by Dollar de la Pierre X Papillon Rouge. Ballerine sold to a wonderful family who had already previous purchased a horse from France.
Chogano, 5 year old SF gelding by Ogano Sitte X Diamant de Semilly. This striking gelding is off to Maryland this weekend!
So you have decided you want to buy a horse in France, but you have no clue about vetting a horse in France and what it entails. Completely normal! Many clients have reservations about this part of the purchasing process, that is why FHE believes it is important to explain the process in detail. After a horse has been negotiated down to a price that both the seller and buyer are happy with we move to the vetting process. A major difference between Germany/Holland and France is that not all horses in France have been vetted before or have previous x-rays. Therefore, we push to negotiate either that the owner pays for a set of 12 x rays before the full vetting is done or that if the horse does not pass, the owner will pay the vet bill.
We begin the vetting by drawing blood on the horse and sending it to the lab. The horse must be negative for piroplasmosis. In all the horses we have tested we only had two test positive. Although this is a very low percentage, we encourage clients to undergo this test first before doing a full vetting in order to avoid any unnecessary costs. The results can take anywhere from 3-6 days to get back, depending on what day the blood was sent. After we get the OK that the horse is negative we move to the vetting. The normal vetting includes a complete checkup, analyzing the horse’s heart rate, respiration, etc. It also includes lameness tests: flexions, trotting/cantering circles, trotting on a hard surface. These lameness tests are filmed so that everything is transparent for the client. We also ask the client to provide a list of x-rays that their vet wants to have done. If the client does not have a list, we can discuss which x-rays we suggest having done. After the vetting is complete, we translate the report, send over x-rays, and transfer videos.
We use several vets depending on where the horse is located. These are vets we have worked with in the past and are aware of U.S. vettings. Therefore they send everything usually the same day. We also ask that they notify us immediately if anything abnormal comes up during the vetting so we can check with the client whether to proceed or not. As these are not our personal horses, it is important for the clients to remember we are honest and will not push you into a sale that you are not comfortable with. If the horse demonstrates anything that makes you unsure, we will look at other horses and options for you. Our job is to find the right sound horse that you have no hesitation buying! For more details you can check out our services included during the import process.
Growing up in the USA and spending every summer back there, I am aware of the steep costs of keeping, training, and showing a horse, especially when it is a young horse that needs the training and experience in order to get resold. That is why we ourselves along with several clients have purchased young horses in France and kept them here to get training and show experience for a fraction of what it costs in the states.
My business partner Alize and I purchased a very green, wild 4 year old mare in 2014 that we kept in France for over a year to show in the five year old series. When she was ready we sent her off to our trainer and friend in California and she just got sold this past weekend. Comparing the costs we spent in France to the costs in the states, well there is no comparison. We spent around 600 US dollars per month for full training and board. Shows cost anywhere from 50 to 100 dollars and even the dentist, chiropractor, and vet are cheaper in France. Business wise it was a great decision, experience wise she was able to show in the 5 year old series without breaking the bank, and trainer wise we had a seasoned calm, patient trainer bring her right along.
Ballerine Platiere, 6 year old SF mare by Dollar de la Pierre X Papillon Rouge (Ridden by trainer Nicole Dicorti Bush)
We have had two other clients put their young horses with this trainer as well. It is a great option for clients that buy greener babies or even buy horses in the winter season and don’t want to either leave them up north in the cold or bring them down to Florida and encounter the high costs. You can check out the trainer’s website here.
We have also included a video and photo from the horses this trainer has kept for clients. Please make sure to contact us for more information!
Vivaldi, (at the time of video) 6 year old SF gelding by Dollar du Murier
Babine, 6 year old SF mare by Chef Rouge
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