Haras du Maury history
The stud was created in the 1950’s by Mr & Mrs Roger Koch, Renee Laure’s parents. They begin by breeding Anglo-Arab horses : the soil and the climate of the south west being particularly suitable for them, as well as for purebred Arabians. “It’s a family story, I took over my mother’s stud farm, who is originally from Alsace and settled down here after the war”. In the 1980’s, Renee took up the torch. His mother bred three France CSO champions (show jumping) : Dalbade du Maury, Aurore du Maury and Bijoux du Maury. In the meantime, she started breeding purebred Arabians for shows.
Again, she won many times the France championship for models and paces.
“I needed adrenaline. All I was interested in was performance and…riding !”
Therefore, Renee Laure turned towards racing. At that time, racing arabians were very different when it comes to their model, but were much more athletics than the show Arabians. The first horse was Nenuphar al Maury, the own brother of No Risk al Maury mother, Nectarine al Maury. For Arabians horses bred for racing: the suffix “du Maury” became “al Maury”. Nenuphar al Maury won in Dax in 1988 as a beginner and was sold to Sultan Quaboos (Sultanat of Oman). It was the first transaction with the Gulf countries. After that, it continued with Haras du Maury participation in Kempton Park, England in 1992, where they were pioneer figures along with gentlemen De Watrigant and Marchadier. That year, the races were sponsored by the Gulf countries and therefore they were broadcasted live on television. Three horses of the stud, Pavot al Maury, Braise de Ghazal (owner: Mr Cambon) and Athus de Domenjoi (owner : General Al Majid Sultanate of Oman) won the best races and they became famous! Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan,
Sheik Mohamed Al Thani, and Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum became faithful buyers.