THE HISTORY OF HARAS DE COLLEVILLE
The farm was bought in March 2007 and at that time, it was just a piece of land of 62 hectares (about 130 acres) including a farm and a herd of a hundred cows.
Besides the high quality of the soil, the grasslands and the hilly beauty of the place, this location presented the specificity of natural boundaries formed by hedges, allowing a smooth and harmonious set of various paddocks.
The work quickly began after the acquisition of the land and Haras de Colleville welcomed its first occupants at the beginning of the summer of 2007.
In November 2007, all the main buildings of the stud farm were finished and foaling began serenely in January 2008.
In the summer of 2009, the renovation work was almost completed and Guy Pariente decided to expand the stud with the purchase of 38 hectares located in Gonneville-sur-Mer, only 5 minutes away from Colleville.
This piece of land benefits from a stunning sea view, and 25 hectares which had so far been kept completely virgin, offering new fresh pastures to the spelling horses of the farm.
THE STUD FARM TODAY
Located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge (Normandy), the stud farm benefits from Normandy soil, renowned for its high quality, which has produced champions for centuries.
A moderate climate, the proximity of the sea and fertile soil with green grass from spring to winter time are the remarkable assets of this region, which is famous area for horse breeding.
Haras de Colleville also enjoys those benefits of its Normandy location and has land of silty soil with thick grass which perfectly suits the breeding of top class horses.
In order to produce the most balanced food source possible for the bloodstock, paddocks are fertilised twice a year to replace any deficiencies outlined by soil analysis, which is carried out every three years. The stud farm is also home to a herd of around twenty Limousine heifers.
All of the important stages of breeding are taken care of on the stud farm: from covering through the gestation period until the birth of the foals. There are around 70 broodmares on the stud and approximately 45 foals are born on site each year. Haras de Colleville presents 15 yearlings for sale at auction each year and Guy Pariente also has around 50 horses in training with around 15 trainers in 3 different countries. Breaking-in and training are not part of the activities carried out on the stud but the team prepares the yearlings until they leave to go into training. As a secondary service, the stud farm also welcomes spelling racehorses, in summer and winter time, for rest and rehabilitation.
Today Colleville counts 56 boxes among which:
- 1 barn of 30 boxes dedicated to mares with foals at foot
- 1 barn of 18 boxes dedicated to weaned foals, yearlings and spelling horses
- 4 foaling boxes
- 4 stallion boxes
- 2 quarantine boxes
The stud farm is spread out on:
- 2 paddocks of 300m² (20x 15m)
- 1 paddock of 1200m² (30x40m)
- 4 paddocks of 1500m² (50x 30m)
- 6 paddocks of one hectare
- 8 meadows ranging from 4 to 12 hectares
Several types of grasslands are available at the stud farm, small paddocks for horses at rest, to pastures up to 12 hectares.
The infrastructure of the stud farm also includes:
- 1 indoor training arena
- 1 horse walker for 6 horses
- 1 lunge ring
- 1 cowshed for the livestock
- 1 grain store
- Ultra-modern sheds for storage of hay etc
Gonneville Annex :
- 40 hectares
- 1 barn of 17 boxes for yearling colts and fillies
- 1 barn of 21 boxes for yearling colts and fillies
Tourquesne Annex :
- 40 hectares
- 40 boxes
Under the supervision of Stud Manager Guillaume Vitse, our team is devoted to the upkeep of the stud and care of the horses:
- Guillaume Vitse – Stud Groom
- Marianne Patry – Assistant
- William Lerendu – Broodmares and Yearlings
- Emilie Seigle – Broodmares and Yearlings
- Jean François Desicy – Broodmares and Yearlings
- Arnaud Voidye – Stud Maintenance
- Delphine Sanz Villar – Accounts
- Adam Rocancourt – Gardener
- Ludovic Damoiseau – Gardener
This team is supported by two highly qualified professionals:
- Jacky Betton: blacksmith
- Dr Marc Foursin: vet