Etienne & Grégoire Leenders Race-horse trainers

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Good first time out for…

GALANTE DE FERBET at Machecoul on February 1st in a maiden race for 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) over 2350m ( a mile and 3 ¾ furlongs). Ridden by Benjamin Hubert, she started in 5th, 6th position, at the end of the bend she seemed to find it hard to keep the pace, but re-started again and finished a courageous 3rd

 Benjamin told us she was easy, serious and courageous. And he also said that the very heavy going did not disturb her and that she would be able to run on a longer trip. 

  GALANTE DE FERBET is by Saddler Maker out of Valse de Ferbet and she was bred by Elevage Magerand and Béatrice Nicco.


Good race

At Pau on January 31st, EMIRA DU GOUET finished 3rd in the cross-country race of the day over 4100m (2 miles and 4 ½ furlongs).   

 Ridden by Maxime Denuault, she performed a nice race even though she made a mistake over one hurdle and nearly fell… but Maxime managed to stay on board.  

   She didn’t finish as well as in her last two races because she lacked freshness…  

  EMIRA will now be quiet for a while, will come back from Pau… and then will prepare the spring cross-country races in our region.

We have a good mare with whom we’ll enjoy ourselves.


1st win of the year!

On January 18th at Pornichet, SQUARE THIERS offered us the first win of the year for the stables but at the same time he opened his record. 

  Following various health problems, he had not run for a year and a half. He had a rest in Normandy and then after 4 months training, he ran again and won. 

 Ridden by Benjamin Hubert, he started in his own rhythm, came closer in the far straight and then got out on the outside and performed a nice finishing straight.  

As Benjamin told us, “he did it in an easy way!”     

 To sum it up, if our SQUARE THIERS has no more health problems, 2020 should be a good year for him and us.