Owned by the Head family since 1958, the Haras du Quesnay, 10 minutes away from Deauville, in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, is a privileged place to breed Thoroughbred. A professional staff offers you quality services in stallion management, broodmares boarding and horses preparation for the sales.


The Haras du Quesnay was created at the turn of the 20th century by a rich American investor, William Kissam Vanderbilt. He wanted to set up  in France a first rate racing stable and breeding. WK Vanderbilt won the Prix du Jockey Club four times from 1906 to 1919. When he died in 1920, the American Arthur Kingsley Macomber took the team and the stock and he won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Parth in 1923. Abandoned during the World War II, the Haras du Quesnay was acquired by William Head and his sons, Alec and Peter, in 1958.
In 1959, the first stallion, Lucky Dip, arrived to stand at Quesnay for one breeding season. Since then, over 40 stallions who left their mark on French breeding have stood there. We can name for example Le Fabuleux, Green Dancer, Riverman, Sir Gaylord, Gay Mecene, Bellypha, Saint Cyrien, Bering, Highest Honor, Anabaa... In 1961, the first Group 1 winner was born at Haras du Quesnay. His name was Le Fabuleux.


Nowadays, the Haras du Quesnay covers180 hectares of high-quality pasture. We have Salers to keep paddocks in good condition. This mountain cow has adapted well to the rich soil and has a good nature.
There are about 60 mares resident on the stud, between ours and our clients ones. We also are happy to accomodate mares walking in to our stallions during the breeding season.
Currently, five stallions are standing at Quesnay : Anodin, Attendu, Intello, Motivator and Recoletos. We are pleased to put forward a choice of stallions who offers possibilities of varied and promising crossbreedings every year.
We prepare and consign the best yearlings of the stud or belonging to clients at the sales. The preparation begins in June and the dedicated team is joined by seasonal staff during this period. The objective of this preparation is not only the sale ring but also the performances on the racetrack.

Horses raised at Quesnay :

1963 Bon Mot : 1st Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Gr.1
1964 Astec : 1st Prix du Jockey Club Gr.1, Grand Prix de Paris Gr.1
1966 Chaparral : 1st Grand Prix de Paris Gr.1
1973 Riverqueen : 1st Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Gr.1, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud Gr.1
1974 Durtal : 1st Cheveley Park Stakes Gr.1
1977 Détroit : 1st Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Gr.1
1979 Harbour : 1st Prix de Diane Gr.1, Prix Saint-Alary Gr.1
1980 Ma Biche : 1st Mille Guinées Gr.1, Prix de la Forêt Gr.1, Prix Robert Papin Gr.1
1980 Saint Cyrien : 1st Grand Criterium Gr.1
1982 Silvermine : 1st Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Gr.1
1983 Bering : 1st Prix du Jockey Club Gr.1
1985 Ravinella : 1st Mille Guinées Gr.1, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Gr.1, Cheveley Park S. Gr.1
1988 Sillery : 1st Prix Jean Prat Gr.1
1994 Matiara : 1st Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Gr.1
1999 Rouvres : 1st Prix Jean Prat Gr.1
2005 Full Of Gold : 1st Criterium de Saint-Cloud Gr.1
2006 Fuissé : 1st Prix du Moulin de Longchamp Gr.1
2010 Trêve : 1st Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Gr.1 (2 fois), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud Gr.1, Prix Vermeille Gr.1 (2 fois), Prix de Diane Gr.1
2013 Zelzal : 1st Prix Jean Prat Gr.1
2016 For Fun : 1er Prix Alain du Breuil Gr.1