On the 8th of June 2015, in the shade of the several hundred years old chestnut tree at the National Stud of Rodez, 31-year-old Dormane, the last of the Grand Sires of the Arabian breed laid down for his final rest.
Dormane was born on the 3rd of February 1984 at Jean-Marc de Watrigant’s Mandore stud in the Landes region. For the last two years, he had been enjoying retirement at the Rodez stud where he was naturally the undisputed star of the stud.
The acquisition of Dormane by the National Stud was a shrewd investment for not just the French but the worldwide Breeding industry. Bought at the end of the 1988, following two racing seasons (6 victories for 8 starts as a 3 and 4-year-old), the son of Manganate and Mandore by Grabiec spent his first season as a stallion at the National Stud of Gramat in the Lot region. He remained there for a further 18 consecutive seasons before leaving to join the South-West of France. He went from Riberac (24), to Beyssac (19) to Gelos (64), before returning to Beyssac for his last two seasons of life semen (2012 and 2013). Wherever he went, he was unanimously noted for his good temper and engaging personality. Dormane stood for 25 years, serving just under 2000 mares and to this day has produced more than 1300 products. Since 2014, French and foreign breeders continue to entrust him with their mares using his frozen sperm. And yes, so for some years to come, we will be able to continue to see his products prosper on the racecourses and on the endurance tracks, which is absolutely fabulous!
Crowned champion sire and sire of dams many times in France and abroad (in Europe, United States, United Arab Emirates, Qatar..) he has produced many Group 1 PA winners, but also many great Endurance champions.
His offspring is here to stay, as many daughters and granddaughters, as well as his sons and grandsons can be found all around the world.
Man is maybe just a humble link in the chain, but we continue to value the “blood” heritage of this Grand Sire…. Thank you Dormane!
Haras National de Rodez