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Cheval Frison, Michiel 442, Étalon,
H. et C. et C. Witteveen,
éleveurs, Canada.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
Koninklijke Vereniging "Het Friesch Paarden-Stamboek"

Opéra du Joliet


Trait Poitevin Mulassier, Opéra du Joliet, Étalon, 5 ans
Propriétaire Mr Bachelier, Vienne.
Photo: Pascal Lando.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
l'UPRa Mulassière du Poitou.

Prunelle 6

Mule Poitevine, Prunelle 6, femelle de 4 ans.
Propriétaire : Mr Ressegand, France.
Photo: Pascal Lando.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
l'UPRa Mulassières du Poitou.

Myrtille 6

Baudet du Poitou, Myrtille 6, Femelle, 8 ans.
Propriétaire : Zoodyssée, France
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
l'UPRa Mulassières du Poitou.

Murthwaite Look at Me

Murthwaite Look at Me

Fell (poney), Murthwaite Look at Me, Étalon, 1999.
Mr Thomas Capstick, éleveur.
Photo : Sue Millard.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
Fell Pony Society.



Gueldre (Cheval de), Coravivera, 23 ans.
Mr A. van Lijssel, éleveur,
Avec l’aimable autorisation de:
Gelderlanderpaard Associatie.



Groningue (Cheval de), Extase, étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Stamboekvereniging het Groningerpaard.


Silex 6

Castillon (Cheval de), Silex 6, étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Association Nationale du Cheval Castillonnais d'Ariège Pyrénées



Boulonnais (Trait), Gracieuse, jument.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Syndicat Hippique Boulonnais.

Jaguar des Montants

Jaguar des Montants

Comtois (Trait), Jaguar des Montants, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Association Nationale du Cheval de Trait Comtois.


Breton anonyme

Breton (Trait), Anonyme, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Syndicat des Eleveurs du Cheval Breton.



Anglo-Arabe, Gral, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Association Nationale des Éleveurs d'Anglo-Arabes.


Néerlandais (Trait), Akker, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
Koninklijke Vereniging Nederlands Trekpaard.

Comtois Draft


l’Association Nationale du Cheval de Trait Comtois
52, rue de Dole – B.P. 1919 – 25020 Besançon Cedex.


Breed standard

Head : expressive and square,
Eyes : lively,
Ears : small, well implanted and very mobile,
Forlegs : strong,
Neck : straight and muscular,
Shoulders : long, sloped and large,
Withers : enough prominent,
Chest : large and deep,
Body : compact,
Ribs : round, without excess,

Back :
Loin : short and well attached,

Croup :
Tighs : well down,
Legs : dry and well tempered with strong joints, tendons and hocks net without defect and good sturdiness,
Coat colours : most often chestnut or copper and flaxen mane. Bay is rare but accepted. Socks and blazes are avoided. On the other hand a light curly, covering the tendons, is appreciated.

Height : from 15 to 16.5 hands.
Weight : from an average of 1400 up to 1800 pounds.

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Did you know it ?

The coat colour of the Comtois Draft has not always been chestnut. Until after Worldwar II, all of the Comtois Draft were bay !! It was not before Questeur, excellent chestnut stallion, that the tendancy was reversed and that the chestnut colour imposed itself as  the standard.

After the presentation to a board of enquiry composed of a representative of the Haras Nationaux and at least one representative of the breeders association, to be a comtois stallion, a young male must be necessarily marked with the acronym TC on it’s neck.

To obtain this brand, he must absolutely have 4 branded grand parents  and correspond to the standard of the breed and the selection objectives.


History of the Comtois Draft

From warrier horse to horse pride.
Right from the Roman period, the first writers started writing about that small rustic well-tempered horse from the mountains of the Franche-Comté.  It seems that they descended from local mares and german stallions. Louis IX and Napoléon I adopted them as army horses. They were employed as breed improving stallions all over Bourgogne and served the knights during jousts. Unfortunately excessive sampling by the army brought a strong shortage of horses in the Franche-Comté.

It was only in the beginning of the XXth century that a handfull of horse passionates decided to take up again the breed through a strict breeding selection with smal ardennais bay stallions without socks and blazes. In 1910 the first breedingshow happened in Maîche (Doubs), and in 1919 the Syndicat du Cheval Comtois and the stud-book of the breed were created. Horse of pride, he regained his place in the franc-comtois country as a daily labor companion of numerous farmers. Since, and despite post-war growing motorization, the Comtois is still present in our fields and hearts. Thus, in 2001 an inventory showed 3373 breeders in France, 836 stallions in activity and 3802 pure bred foals.



Zone d’élevage

A horse shaped by the Franche-Comté…

and appreciated all around the french mountain areas. The cradle of the breed is situated on  the Maîche plateau (Doubs) in the heart of the jurassien massif in between the fir-tree forests, the fields and the traditionnal franc-comtois villages. This area, with a pronounced hilly landscape and a harsh climate shaped this rustic,  resistant and powerful horse whose breeding progressively extended to the whole region. Today we can find breeders in Alsace, Bourgogne, the mountain areas of the Massif Central, the Pyrénées and the Alpes. In addition, his success is at such a degree that many of them have been exported to Spain, Belgium, Holland and Germany.




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