November 18, 2006 8:52am CST
France is known for strict rules when registering trotters with American bloodlines. Tradition in France says that the French trotter is a French trotter and a different breed than the American Standardbred is, and the French authorities say that the French trotter must be preserved. For this reason very few horses has been exported from the USA to France. It did however happen in the 1920's with the stallions The Great McKinney and Sam Williams, then later in the 1930's with Calumet Delco. In the late 1970's, the Star's Pride son Florestan was allowed as a sire - because his dam was the great French mare Roquepine. As a result of Florestans huge success in the French breed, the French Trotting Association (S.E.C.F.) agreed that a few selected US stallions could have a few foals registered in the French stud book each year from 1988 to 1992. Today the American sire lines are responsible for a big part of the French trotter.