Established in 1883, Saint Pair is among a handful of France’s oldest thoroughbred farms (more about history). To this day, Saint Pair holds the record as the birthplace of five ‘Arc’ victories, with Comrade (1920), Ksar (1921 and 1922) Kantar (1928) and Samos (1935) – it is my biggest dream to make it six and counting. But it takes time to do anything well. 2016 marks our 9th year since I took over in 2007, and we began to see consistent results in sales and on the track as of 2013.
There is nothing more exciting than a green shoot that captures the imagination, and we are all driven by the desire to breed or buy raw talent. Yet is there a ‘formula’ for breeding, raising and then successfully training and managing a champion? To be honest, I still don’t know. Some farms do a better job of it than others. When I took over Saint Pair with the ambition to be among the most successful thoroughbred nurseries in Europe, I tried to stack the odds on my side.
I systematically bought excellent mares with international pedigrees, assembled a competent team of great professionals and consultants, improved the size and infrastructure of Saint Pair, retained some of the finest trainers, and began to micromanage the whole works. Today ours is a private stud spread over 130 ha (321 acres) with never more than 60 horses.
This site should give you a good overview of our facilities, thinking and latest news. More importantly, all horses bred in Saint Pair are listed, and you will also find information on upcoming private sales and auctions.
There is something special about Saint Pair – I felt it the first day I saw it, which was also the day I bought it. The people who work here feel it, and I like to think that the horses do too.