Magalen Bryant

David Powell Passes Away

David Powell, a former American journalist who relocated to France in the 1970s and purchased Haras du Lieu des Champs in Coupesante in 1980, passed away in the early morning hours Sunday after a long illness, according to his son, Richard. He was 73 years old. In addition to Richard, who bought the 222-acre farm from his father in 2013, Powell was the father of Freddy, the executive director at Arqana; Leo Powell, a trainer in California; and stepfather to trainer Arnaud Delacour. During his career, Powell was a longtime...

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NH Breeding Stock Session Concludes Arqana Autumn

Arqana's Autumn Sale drew to a close on Wednesday with a single-session National Hunt Breeding Stock Sale that was highlighted by a pair of mares from the dispersal of Magalen Bryant. Topping trade was the 6-year-old stakes-winning AQPS mare Fabulous Dragoness (Fr) (Poliglote {GB}) (lot 743), who was sold in-foal to Doctor Dino (Fr) to Pegase Bloodstock for €300,000. Rupert Pritchard-Gordon swooped for another 6-year-old mare from the dispersal, Laterana (Fr) (Saint Des Saints {Fr}) in foal to Great Pretender (Ire) (lot 703), and her pricetag was €140,000. The two...

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Maggie Bryant Passes Away

Magalen Ohrstrom "Maggie" Bryant, an entrepreneur, conservationist, and racehorse owner in the U.S. and France, died overnight Sunday at her home in Virginia, according to the Jour de Galop. She was 92 years old. Her biggest success in U.S. flat racing came in the 2014 GI Travers S. when her V.E. Day (English Channel) won by a nose. V.E. Day was retired in 2016 after making four starts in France and currently stands at Buck Pond Farm. Bryant was 85 when she won the Travers. Outside of racing, Bryant was...

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Powell Goes Back to the Future

At a time when travel and nostalgia have become poignantly conflated, there is something especially striking about the way Richard Powell is seeking to promote his Normandy farm overseas. You may have noticed a series of pastel evocations in TDN, in the mold of those vintage posters that prompted generations past to book a steamer cabin across the pond. The images are allowed to speak for themselves, accompanied by no more than a video link. Click that, however, and you see that no artifice is necessary to present Haras du...

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V.E. Day To Stand Free of Charge

In the model of Chuck Fipke's gesture last week, V.E. Day (English Channel), who had been standing at Buck Pond Farm for a fee of $6,500 live foal, will now be offered to breeders free of charge, according to Buck Pond's owner Doug Arnold. V.E. Day is owned by Magalen Ohrstrom Bryant. Arnold said that her close friend Johnathan Miller called him on Friday to talk about the possibility of following Fipke's lead. "Johnathan had called me and talked to me about it, and I thought it was a great...

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