Etienne & Grégoire Leenders Race-horse trainers

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December 2011


Surprised by the all-weather track


On December 30th at Deauville, URRIKANDY discovered the all-weather track. It took him a long time to start off, but when he got balanced, he changed gear to finish good 3rd.

This 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horse) is among our hopes for 2012. 


Back to form…


…for ROXY DE VINDECY at Deauville in a flat race on 2400m (1 1/2 mile). He finished good 4th showing us he had not lost any of his abilities. He will be quite ready for  the next meeting of Angers at the end of February.


Good and temperamental


On December 14th at Angers, TOSCANE ran in a chase and finished 2nd.

With “Miss”, we have the feeling it is only when SHE wants it! And on that particular day, she wanted it and showed us she had a real ability over jumps.

We do hope that in spring 2012, she will confirm her

Well done!


MAUVEZIN won his second  race over jumps  at Angers on December 11th.


We were all very happy because this temperamental horse has now understood everything!!!


Encouraging first time out

At Angers, on December 11th, URBAINE, a 3 year old non-thoroughbred filly (by Voix du Nord out of Innsbruck), managed to be second in her first race over hurdles. She is really worthy of her dam Innsbruck who was a fantastic jumper.

This small URBAINE should have a nice future!!!


Ideal horse…


…..such is RED SLIN! Easy, nice, healthy horse, never any worry while he was at stud, nor now that he is in training… he goes his own way…

and nice and quiet, he ran first time out over jumps at Pau on December 10th and finished 2nd.


This 3 year old thoroughbred gelding by Denham Red out of Aconcagua, looks very much like his brother Charmingo: a quiet and sure, good jumper.


Change of discipline

Our dear MAUVEZIN did not want to run on the flat anymore and his bad results were saying so.

In the autumn, he eventually accepted to jump in training in the morning which he totally refused in the spring.

He ran for the first time over hurdles at Fontainebleau on December 1st and finished 5th. In a good position during the race, he jumped well but did far too much. He has to learn how to dose his efforts to be able to finish better.


Good improvement for….

….AMARABAD. On December 1st he ran over hurdles at Fontainebleau and finished 2nd. In very decent company, he perfectly kept up his position.

In front at the last fence, he unfortunately made a mistake which cost him the win.

Next year, he will certainly run at Auteuil.


Heartening news

On November 30th at Angers, Wilfrid Denuault and GREAT HORIZON  fell at the last fence when they would certainly have been placed.

Both got up a little bit stunned, but this morning, after a good osteopathy treatment they started off again as if nothing happened.

More frightened than hurt!

November 2011


Good races


At Angers on November 30th, UNE DE MONTOT and SOLEIL DES ILES ran on the flat.  UNE DE MONTOT is good 4th. As usual, she started close to the lead and finished in the same pace. She always lacks a turn of foot to win.

SOLEIL DES ILES is good 5th. His tactics are not obvious: he has to start at the back end because he doesn’t like to be close to the other horses. In the last bend, he started coming nearer to the front and thus passed 12 horses and finished very well.

Both will run over jumps in 2012.


Joy and disappointment

  Joy for the very good debut of FILLE D’AVRIL, a 3 year old thoroughbred filly  by Zero Problemo out of Taraison. On November 26th at Argentan, she finished 4th in a flat race, beaten by fillies with quality and more experience.

More than the result, it is the way she did which was remarkable.


  Disappointment for the 4th place of MARCETI on the same day at Argentan. “Worse race, you can’t find!!!”


First time out in a flat race…


…on November 20th at Le Mans for URRIKANDY, a 3 year old AQPS (non thoroughbred horse) by Brier Creek out of Kandy Ball (by Video Rock). He ran well and finished 3rd, not beaten much for the second place.


We wanted him to see the colours in a flat race, but next year he will run over jumps.


Late horse


TROIS HUIT, a 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horse) by Shaanmer out of Insoumise, finished 3rd in a chase at Angers on November 15th.

This good jumper is back to the form he had in the spring but still lacks maturity and needs to have more confidence.

Like good wine, he is going to improve with time.


First time in a chase…

… for THERAMENE on November 13th at Maure-de-Bretagne.

She finished 2nd and should not be ashamed of this performance. We could see that she was really meant for this discipline.

For the petty side of history, when you see her run, you immediately think of her grand-dam  SIRTA who was a small, light and supple filly. After modest first times out in the province, SIRTA went up the grades to the Grand Steeple Chase of Paris in which she finished 4th.

We wish the same career for THERAMENE.


Good recruit

RIME ROSE by Morespeed out of Ile Rose ran for the first time in a chase on November 13th at Meslay-du-Maine.

She finished 4th in a decent company and thus confirmed that she has a nice future in chases.

She will run again once this year and……….then we’ll see her in 2012.


Not mature enough

On November 13th at Maure-de-Bretagne, JUST A TICK, a 4 year old Irish thoroughbred by Tikkanen out of Ursha (by Shardari), finished 5th in a chase on 3800m (2 miles and 3 furlongs).

This late horse still needs to learn his job. He will be much better on a longer distance and on softer ground.


QUIRTA is back!


QUIRTA, by Rifapour out of Mirta, had not run for 2,5 years and a half. On November 11th at Argentan, he performed a winning come back in a chase without having to force himself.

This win together with the one of UN PETIT PLUS gave Wilfrid Denuault a dual winner on this race-course.

QUIRTA has a lot of quality but is unfortunately fragile and we have to be very careful to keep him in form and sound.


First win


UN PETIT PLUS, a 3 year old thoroughbred by Great Pretender out of La Grande Touche by Cadoudal, ran in a chase for the first time at Argentan on November 11th.

The profile of the race-course, with its numerous bends, does not suit horses who are big movers as he is. Nevertheless, he jumped everything well and won easily better than the others, thus immensely pleasing his owners/ breeders Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Hélène Bossuet.

He is a horse to be followed as he has still a good margin for improvement.


Convincing come back


After 6 months off, MARCETI did his come back at Pornichet on November 10th in Prix des Amazones, a race for female jockeys on 2400m (a mile and a half).

Perfectly ridden by Nathalie Desoutter, he was very keen at the beginning of the race and then gave us some fright in the straight as he actually took some time to change pace, but once he did, he won easy.


To be seen again

AMARABAD, a thoroughbred by Astarabad out of Ama (by Cadoudal), ran the Grand Hurdle race for 3 year-old horses at Nantes on November 6th. He finished 4th.

The horse is better than  the result shows. With the very heavy going, the slow pace didn’t suit him, he pulled and paid for it to finish.

We nevertheless still think he is a good horse.


Ran well

In Prix de l’Avenir, the race for AQPS (non thoroughbred horses) 3 year-olds with the best prize money in the province, URBAINE finished 2nd on November 6th at Nantes.

She performed a magnificent race, showing a lot of courage and pugnacity. Her jockey  Yoann Rousset was thrilled and told us that the filly was generous and easy to ride. She is fantastic!


Beaten by better ones

On November 1st at Durtal, UNE TOULOUSAINE ran very well. Her 4th place is quite logical as the competitors who finished in front of her had already beaten her.

Prix des Guilledines is a referential flat race as you always have the best 3 year-old AQPS (non thoroughbred) fillies in this race.

Always in the first five this year, she has well deserved holidays now.

October 2011


Back to herself


On October 30th, our tall and beautiful TOSCANE ran Prix Video Rock at Cholet, a flat race taken into account for the Challenge of AQPS (non-thoroughbred horses) in the west. She finished 2nd beaten by a better one.

After a difficult period when it was problematic to get her into the starting stalls, she re-assured us: this result shows her true value.


First win in a chase


For his first time in a chase, STAR GROOM won easily at Maure-de-Bretagne on October 30th.

His jockey Stéphane Le Franc who discovered him, rode him trustfully. He was so happy passing the winning post!


Michel Péhu’s horse will go on in this sport which suits him.


He did confirm

At Fontainebleau on October 28th, DIAMROCK easily won the cross-country race of the day. The rather technical course was no problem for him and on top, he finished very fast.

His jockey Olivier Jouin who replaced Wilfrid Denuault (injured) on the spot, managed to get the best out of the horse.

Next objective: The Grand cross-country-race of Compiègne on November 18th, a race which is taken into account for the French championship of cross-country, Crystal Cup Challenge.


We expected….

….this first win of USHUAIA QUATZ, because she was always placed in her last races. It is now done, the filly won on the flat at Nantes on October 25th.

Always close to the lead, she fought like a devil in the last straight to win with the shortest nose.

She will now have well deserved holidays in Brittany at her owner-breeder’s Olivier Quiniou


A big hope for our stables


This was a winner which did please us!

Our big and good-looking two-yea-old, VALDO BERE (by Hurricane Cat out of Former Probe) won a B race at Longchamp on October 23rd , Prix de Feuillants on 1800m (a mile and a furlong).

The colt won as a good one, from start to finish. Very trustfully ridden by Thierry Jarnet, he easily resisted the attacks of the other ones in the straight by performing two good accelerations.

His jockey was quite enthusiastic about the horse: “He is easy to ride and did everything I asked him. He is not totally mature and has still a nice margin for improvement.”


At last!

QUIZZICAL won at Saumur in a chase on October 23rd.

After a series of unlucky races (falls, being interfered, …), David Cottin managed to find the right buttons to bring QUIZZICAL to the winning post.

He is an excellent jumper, but certainly not an easy and generous horse. Everything has to go his own way because if there is the slightest problem, it is for him. It was a blessed day.


He won for the first time

At Saint-Brieuc, on October 23rd , AMARABAD won a hurdle race.

This 3 year old horse hasn’t run much ( it was only his 3rd race): a flat race at Nantes in the spring when he was placed, then first time over hurdles this autumn at Chateaubriant when he had an interesting 4th place.

It was an easy win. Spared during most of the race, he came closer in the last 5 furlongs to come and win easy after the last fence. He was ridden at a moment’s notice by Hubert Terrien who managed to get the best out of him.


What a relief!

After two bad races over hurdles, KAPVILLE took a 4th encouraging place in a chase at Argentan on October 23rd  .

He jumped very well. At last he has understood his job and he should improve quickly after this good experience!!

He is a late horse who had a few problems. He is now on the right way and the future looks better for him from now on.


On a ground slightly too firm….


…..TROTOT ran her first chase at Argentan on October 23rd. She finished 4th, not beaten much for the 3rd place.

The ground which was very firm and speedy was not an advantage for her. TROTOT needs to warm up and therefore she found it hard to follow at the beginning of the race as on top, she is very cautious over jumps. Little by little she came a bit closer and eventually performed an encouraging finish.

For the future, she will be better on a race-course with bigger obstacles and on a ground that suits her better.


In a race with estimated horses….


…..AMIRANT’s 3rd place in a flat race at Angers on October 18th, particularly pleased us for two reasons:

first, the horse was discovering the long distance of 2900m (a mile and 61/2 furlongs)

secondly, this race Prix Francis Chéné is a prep for Grand Prix d’Angers which will take place on November 15th!!!


Her apprenticeship is going on


THERAMENE finished 3rd in a hurdle race at Nantes on October 17th.

Race after race, she starts forgetting her reflexes as a flat filly, and as a good pupil, she tries to do her new job well.


Upset by the profile….


…..of the race-course of Nantes, GREAT HORIZON finished 5th in a hurdle race on October 17th.

In 3rd position all around, he jumped by sheer strength and wasted time turning on the wide outside out of the last bend.


This average result doesn’t call his qualities in question. We still think he is a horse with a future.




TOM CAT won for the first time at Nantes on October 17th Prix APGO, a race for amateur riders on the distance of 2400m (a mile and 4 furlongs). This win made us forget his disqualification when he won at Sables d’Olonne on August 1st. Ridden by an inspired Florent Guy, the horse performed a very good finishing straight.


Thanks to this win, Christine Leenders as an owner, won the challenge of the APGO (association of gallop owners of the west area).      


Auction sale

On October 31st at Haras des Cruchettes in Orne, Pierre Julienne will organise an auction sale to reduce his number of horses.

There, you will find horses from great jumping families: Princesse d’Armos, Bacarello, Ipsala, Bébénéfertiti, Brody Blue, Haïda IV, Force Atlantique, Histoire Sainte…

Pierre Julienne: 06 10 68 83 23

Office                02 33 35 42 11



She wins in the area where she was born

SILVERLEA (5 year-old) won her 2nd cross-country race on October 14th at Moulins in the area where she was born.

In a race with many falls, Wilfrid Denuault rode a very wise race. Good for him because the cross-country of Moulins is a very selective course which is not obvious for horses without much experience in this discipline.

She has a nice future in front of her.


At his place

At Moulins on October 14th, SOLEIL DES ILES  ran very well in Prix d’Estruval, a flat race on a mile and a half. He finished 4th in good company, beaten by better ones.

According to the instructions he got, Mathieu Androuin rode him at the back of the field and he caught up a lot of ground to finish courageously (tactics that suit him).




We are disappointed by her race, but not by the filly…

URBAINE finished 4th at Moulins on October 14th in the important Prix Florence Charrier, a flat race for 3 year-old AQPS (non thoroughbred horses). Boxed in the middle of the field when they started, she has performed a fantastic finishing straight, but too late.

She was the best note of the race!


Same as ever


On October 11th at Nantes, USHUAIA QUATZ, always there, always courageous, finished 2nd in a handicap on a mile and a half.

The filly was very well ridden by Adrien Fouassier who was sorry to have been surprised by the sudden start of the winner.

We can always rely on her!


Easy win…

…..of DIAMROCK in a chase on October 9th at Le Pin-au-Haras.

Patiently ridden in the middle of the field by Wilfrid Denuault, he had not too much to do to win.

This win did please us as it was a come back race after a year off.


2nd again!!!!

On October 3rd at Segré, UNE TOULOUSAINE finished……2nd in a flat  race …..for the 4th time.

There is always something missing for our mare suffering of “seconditis” to win.

Be patient Arthur: yes, yes, she will eventually win!


Interesting first time out

PRAIZDEL DE JUIGNE, a 3 year-old thoroughbred filly by Denham Red out of Pame Meill, ran first time out in a hurdle race at Vitré on October 2nd. Carefully ridden by Wilfrid Denuault, she started at the back of the field, performed a good race and finished very fast and courageously to come and take the 2nd place.

It was the first runner of the partnership Robert Delestre-Jean-Pierre Praizelin, under colours which had belonged to one of their friends, Loïc Glémin.

For the petty side of history, these colours won many races with Mérimont (6 wins including Prix Montgomery), Potherie (12 wins), Montmeri (10 wins) and many other ones.


Photographs of the Grand cross-country race of Craon


Tensed up before the race



Getting concentrated in the parade ring



Jumping over the big open-ditch



Last effort on the winning



Waving the crowd



Happiness for everyone around CHRISETI


















Just after the race : "That's done"



Half an hour after the race : "I have well recuperated, see you next year"

September 2011


Not a race-course for her


ROSE DE REIMS finished 5th in a chase at Bordeaux on September 30th.

We were a bit disappointed as we hoped a better result. All around she jumped remarkably well, but in the last bend which is a hair pin one, she was hurled to the outside and lost at least 10 lengths.

To be seen again.


He has not lost our esteem


On September 30th at Saint-Cloud, UN SUCCES finished 3rd in Prix Bourbonnais. Beforehand he was hot favourite and he certainly disappointed his supporters. But the next day, we realised he had it tough as he is still growing.

This 3 year old AQPS ( non-thoroughbred horse) from a late family, is going to have well deserved holidays after a good year.

UN SUCCES is a hope for our stables in 2012..


Real, promising 2nd time at Auteuil


… a chase for TORPILLEUR.

He had missed his first time on this same race-course on September 9th when he fell at the water. But on September 29th, he re-assured us in performing a serious race, being very secure over the obstacles. 5th at the last fence, he really fought for the 3rd place.

He is a horse for the future who should improve with age.


With him, it is only when he wants it!


BRODY BLEU is able to do the best or the worst.

At Sables d’Olonne on September 27th, it was a right day and he finished good 2nd over hurdles. Well managed by a trustful Wilfrid Denuault, he jumped well and showed pugnacity.

Let’s hope it lasts!!!


Back on the flat

Our big TOSCANE doesn’t really like jumping. That is why, in agreement with her owners, we have decided to run her on the flat.

Therefore, on September 27th at Sables d’Olonne, she finished good 4th in Prix Joseph Kerbiriou on 2700m (1mile 51/2 f).

Her qualities are not in question but she has to find the rhythm of flat races again.



Expected first time out over jumps!!!


Our tiny THERAMENE has stopped running on the flat for good. Now….over jumps!

At Sables d’Olonne on September 27th , she ran for the first time over hurdles and finished 2nd not beaten much for the win.

We were looking forward to her behaviour over jumps and…she indeed ran well, even if there are still some adjustments to do.

We have a lot of hope for her, she is the grand daughter of the very good SIRTA.


Very good come back


After a good first time out over hurdles at Dieppe on June 5th when he finished 4th, GREAT HORIZON had some holidays.

He did a come back over hurdles on September 26th at Fontainebleau. Close to the lead all around, he jumped very well, careful with the obstacles, and came courageously to gain the second place.


This excellent result did please his two owners, Paul Terpereau and Michel Marchal.



She is learning her job

On September 26th at Fontainebleau, SILVERLEA ran a cross-country race on 2 miles and 51/2 furlongs.

She performed decently and finished 3rd. She is improving as she is only 5 and has not much experience on courses as selective as the one of Fontainebleau.

When she is well schooled in this kind of race, we’ll have a good mare for cross-country races.


A decent race

On September 25th at Craon, Dr. Marin’s horse, TWIN PRINCE, finished 4th in a flat race on a mile and ¼ of a furlong. Was 7th or 8th around and did a good finishing straight quite courageously.

He is a horse we’ll run on the all-weather track of Deauville at the end of the season.


A horse for the future

ARTIGNY, a 3 year old thoroughbred by Epalo out of La Brindille, ran first time out in a hurdle race at Vire on September 25th.

In a very fast race, he made a few mistakes over the jumps due to the fact he was a beginner  but finished courageous 3rd.

ARTIGNY will have to be seen again on a longer distance. He will be more at ease in chases as he is an excellent jumper.



Easy win

On September 25th at Machecoul, KASSYIELD won brilliantly for the first time in a flat claiming race.

We had decided to defend him to keep him in our stables, but unfortunately for us, because of an error on our bulletin, the stewards decided it was non valid. As a result, the horse was claimed by another owner and went to a new trainer.

It is a pity as KASSYIELD was improving a lot and he is probably going to win again

Good race


For his 2nd time out for the Leenders stables, AMIRANT finished 2nd in a flat race at Craon on September 27th.

Close to the lead all around, he finished fast without being able to catch the winner who had escaped far in front.

AMIRANT will run again on the flat this year, and will go over jumps in 2012.



She won for the first time

On August 13th, after her 3rd place at Moulins, we told you that URBAINE had to be followed!

And actually, at Ploërmel on September 18th, she was going better than anyone else and won this flat race very easy.

As a big mover, she was not at ease in the bends but was nevertheless always well placed in the field and found it easy to come and win in the finishing straight. Her jockey David Fournier stopped pushing her a furlong from home, she had won!!


an easy anter... Normandy for TENOR DES PICTONS!

On September 18th at Lion d'Angers, he went better than all his competitors and won by 5 lenths.

As it was pouring rain, the ground was getting more and more heavy as the day went on and we didn't know if the horse would cope with heavy going. But his amateur rider Florent Guy told us : "no problem, he felt quite at ease".


what a funny pedigree!

TOLBERTINO, a 4 year-old by Alberto Giacometti out of Keensland, a future jump horse, ran first time out in a flat race on September 18th at La Roche-sur-Yon. He finished good 4th.

For the petty side of history, this horse is neither a thoroughbred, nor an AQPS, but a CS, Cheval de Selle (riding horse). Actually, his grand dam Favelhight (Bacarello's sister) had a sire Noble Atout who was a french trotter.

TOLBERTINO can run in the races for AQPS, but he can't in the classic races for AGQP....and nor at.....Vincennes!!!


First time over hurdles

AMARABAD, a 3 year-old thouroughbred by Astarabad out of Ama, ran for the first time over jumps at Chateaubriant on September 18th. He finished 4th.

Well placed all around, he jumped well but just got a bit tired to finish in the last straight.

He will improve for this race and he is a godd horse to follow.


Photo finish was required

The big KASSYIELD, a 3 year-old thoroughbred, ran a flat race on 2000m (a mile and 2 furlongs) at Lion d'Angers on September 15th.

Ridden at the back of the field by Arnaud Bourgeais, he performed a nice finishing straight and was 4th very close : head, neck, short head.


2, 2, 2

Thee is always one horse on the way of UNE TOULOUSAINE! For the 3rd time she was second at Lion d'Angers on September 15th in Prix point Bleu.

But we can tell her younf owner Arthur Cyprès that she will certainly win very soon as she has all qualities to succeed.


On September 11th at Tours...

...OSABABENMA ran a flat race for 2 years-olds on 1550m (7 furlongs 3/4) and finished 4th.

Trustfully ridden by Doric Binot, she performed a regular race close to the lead, but kept the same action and lacked a turn of foot to finish.


She has not lost our esteem

STARTLING DU MAGNY is going up the grades nice and quiet.

On September 6th at Auteuil, she finished good 4th in Prix World Citizen, a category handicap chase on the distance of 4300m (2 miles, 5 1/2 furlongs).

She has not to prove her qualities as a jumper but she has now to learn how to manage in a big field.

Next entry : Prix de Bagatelle on September 29th at Auteuil.


Fantastic win

CHRISETI won brilliantly the Grand cross-country race of Craon on September 4th.

It was a regular race without any concession. CHRISETI seemed going better than everyone all around, jumping in an easy an steady manner as usual.

Remarkably ridden by Wilfrid DENUAULT who knows him perfectly well, he started all of a sudden before the last bend and controlled easyly Phakos who was coming back.

This year, he managed the exploit to win both the Anjou Loire Challenge at Lion d'Angers and the Grand cross-country race of Craon. He is eht first one to do it !!!

Our champion has only lost 3 kilos and has very quickly recuperated after his efforts.


Not a race-course for him

On September 3rd at Craon, VALDO BERE finished 5th in a flat race.

This result doesn't reflect at all his true value. Because he is a big mover, he got unbalanced around the very special course of Craon.

In the future we'll run him on Parisian tracks.



First win

SASKATOON a 5 year-old thoroughbred (by Canyon Creek out of Banderille) won for the first time in a chase at Ploërmel on September 3rd.

The patience of his owner-breeder Frédéric Tarder has paid back, as he always said we should take our time with this late horse.



Good come back ....

….for ASTIGOS on September 1st in a hurdle race at Auteuil. He finished 4th very close.

This 4 year-old thoroughbred is still a bit keen. He has to learn how to spare his energy to finish. But he is courageous and careful in his jumps. He is a very healthy horse with a very good future in front of him.

To be followed!


Good first time out for us……

….for TRANSCENDANTE whom we discovered in a hurdle race at Auteuil on September 1st. Always close to the lead, she finished strongly good second.

We bought this 5 year-old mare (by Trempolino out of Bonne Gargotte) at the sales of Saint-Cloud on June 29th, in partnership with Joël Blandin and Paul Terpereau. This good performance does confirm our choice.

She will certainly even do better later on!

August 2011


As good as good-looking!


UNE TOULOUSAINE is 2nd at Lion d’Angers on August 24th in a race for AQPS (non-thoroughbred) 3 year old. This beautiful filly had not the best of races: in the last straight, at the crucial time, she had to do slalom in between horses, and according to her jockey Fabrice Veron, it cost her the win.

It will be for next time, she is improving and should win soon.



A priori reasoning!


We thought that all the horses by Johan Quatz didn’t like heavy ground. But on August 22nd at Clairefontaine, USHUAIA QUATZ showed us it was a wrong idea.

With a going which was getting heavier and heavier as time went on, our filly ran very well finishing 3rd on 2400m ( a mile and 4 furlongs). She had a good race and finished courageously as usual.

Little by little she is going up the grades

Easy win


TORPILLEUR easily won for the first time at Lion d’Angers on August 18th in  Grand Prix des AQPS de 4ans.

In a race with a lot of pace, TORPILLEUR was in the lead all around , jumped very well and won…..better than this lot.

This horse for the future has enough class to go up the grades.

Next time out will be either the Grand Chase for 4 year-old at Craon or Auteuil.



Hats off !


What a nice win for UN SUCCES (by Denham Red out of Harielle) in Critérium du Centre, the first race of the classic programme for 3 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horses) which took place at Vichy on August 15th.

In spite of highly rated company (some estimated competitors had just won) this strong 3 year old made short work of the other horses.

This race seems to be the preserved one for the horses bred by Pierre and Nelly de la Guillionnière because they had already won it last year with THERAMENE!!!!!

After the race, happy and proud of this success, Pierre told us: “ Wait and see, I am preparing another one for next year”

We got the message!



Easy !

On August 15th at Chinon, TENOR DES PICTONS won very easily. I second position all around, he accelered in the finishing straight without having to be overworked ....

He probably knew that all the winners have….a few good bottles of Chinon wine as a reward !


It doesn’t always work…



….as we would like. Actually UTOPISTE won at Pornichet 3 weeks ago and therefore we expected another win ! !

But on August 15th on the same race-course, the race didn’t go as we wanted….and the filly finished 4th.

Her qualities are not questioned and there will be more wins !


He won .....


….our VALDO BERE (by Hurricane Cat out of Former Probe) and did it brilliantly! At Pornichet on August 15th this magnificent two-year-old’ s win pleased us all but in particular pleased his breeder Alain Régnier who has always loved this horse.

Even if we trusted him before the race because he has been good 3rd twice on end at Chateaubriant and Senonnes-Pouancé, a race is never won beforehand.


To be followed!


Did not feel like winning!



 On August 14th at Sillé-le-Guillaume, DELATION was 2nd in Grand Prix, a flat race on 2800m (a mile and 6 furlongs).

She was cantering…and in the last straight, she decided to stay beside another competitor without ever passing him…as a result, she is beaten a head!!!!


We’ll have to explain to her that you run to WIN!!!!



Slightly lucky



On August 14th at La Roche Posay, CHARME DE COUTRAS ran in a chase. He finished 4th running clear over the jumps but as he lacks speed, he finished his race in the same pace.

After the finishing post, we could hear the siren announcing a stewards’inquiry: good news, a horse who had finished in front of us had actually interfered with another competitor and was disqualified. Therefore we finished 3rd.


Don’t we say “one man’s joy is another man’s sorrow”!!


Good first time out



URBAINE (by Voix du Nord out of Innsbruck) was back to where she was bred (Nièvre) to run first time out at Moulins. She finished 3rdin Prix Video Rock, a race for 3 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horses) on 2400m (a mile and 4 furlongs). She started in the second part of the field and was a bit “shy” all around. In the last straight, her jockey Adrien Fouassier took her out and let her express herself and she performed a good finish.


She will have to be watched over in her next races as she has really all the qualities required to win.


How much water, how much water!


On August 7th at Questembert, it rained all afternoon and men and horses needed to be quite courageous to run… But it obviously didn’t disturb our ROSE DE REIMS who brilliantly won a chase for the first time.

As a good jumper she evaded all the problems, controlled the whole race and finished easily in the last straight.


It could have been better



On August 6th at Clairefontaine, STARTLING DU MAGNY was 4th in a chase, Prix des Tilleuls. She started at the back of the field, but as she jumped better and quicker than her competitors, she came closer too soon and found it hard to finish.


Next time, it is obvious that she has to “sleep and sleep” at the back of the field so as to preserve her finish.


She won for the first time


UNE DE MONTOT, by Voix du Nord out of Idylle de Montot, easily won Prix Isopani (race for AQPS 3 year old fillies) at Sables d’Olonne on August 1st. She took the lead from the start, accelerated well in the straight and resisted when attacked by her training mate, UNE TOULOUSAINE.  


For us, the result was ideal: 2 runners finishing 1st and 2nd.



The best note in the field

At Sables d’Olonne on August 1st, UNE TOULOUSAINE finished 2nd in Prix Isopani.

For her first time out, the filly by Secret Singer out of Moskoville seduced us because she started last and performed a superb finishing straight.

Her young owner, Arthur Cyprès, was happy and proud as it was his first runner.


Beaten in the stewards’office


It is always very frustrating to win and then to be disqualified.

At Sables d’Olonne on August 1st, TOM CAT easily won the race, in the lead from start to finish.

Unfortunately, at half a furlong from home, he slightly hung to the left and impeded the horse who finished 4th. The stewards applied the rule to the letter and put our horse back to the 4th place.


July 2011


Not beaten much


USHUAIA QUATZ ran particularly well in a flat race at Sables d’Olonne on July 30th. Moving very well, she finished 2nd beaten by an estimated horse. This pretty filly pleases us a lot each time out, always performing to our expectations.

Unfortunately, her owner, Olivier Quiniou who had come on purpose from Brittany to see her run, got blocked in traffic jams and arrived….after the race!!

Watching the race afterwards on television was not quite as exciting.



Good race



July 30th ….Les Sables d’Olonne… 2700m (13 ½ furlongs)…..ECOMI …. Good second…..Jockey Adrien Fouassier quite glad.

Serious horse….we can rely on him….


To be followed….


At last!


On July 30th at Sables d’Olonne, KASSYIELD, a 3 year old thoroughbred gelding by High Yield out of Kassande, finished 4th in a flat race. In his previous races, he had not understood anything and was not what he showed us in the morning.

This time he ran well: was kept at the back of the field by Arnaud Bourgeais and made a real effort to perform a good finishing straight.

We are now re-assured for the future.



Happy life in the fields


ICLAN DE MOLIERES ( 15 year old) and L’ARTISTE FRANÇAIS (14 years old) are still hale and hearty. They have been retired at Jean-Frédéric ( ICLAN’s faithful friend) in Anjou for nearly two years now.

It is always a pleasure to pay them a visit and see them in such a good form. Usually, they come , say hello and go off immediately afraid to have to go back to work.



Winning first time out



Madame de Tarragon’s filly, UTOPISTE, marked her first time out in two different ways:

-         In the parade ring, she threw her jockey Steven Colas to the ground. Steven got kicked in the belly and the doctor didn’t allow him to ride. Fortunately it was more fear than harm. Arnaud Bourgeais was allowed to replace him.

-         She won her first race easily. Started very quiet at the back of the field, found her cruise speed and came closer in the last bend and then performed a very nice finishing straight.

This 3 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) by Califet out of Surprise du Chef, has certainly an interesting future, because if she has the courage and

qualities of her dam, she should please us.


Not the right day…..

….for TOUTE NOIR on July 26th at Lion d’Angers  when she finished 4th in Prix de Feneu.She lacked energy and didn’t meet our expectations.

She is a late mare who has still to mature. But she has not said her last word and we’ll see her back in the autumn.


Slightly too short a distance

At Meslay-du-Maine on July 25th, TORPILLEUR finished 3rd in a chase beaten for the 2nd place on the post by two estimated horses.

This stayer who lacks a turn of foot, will be better on bigger and more sloping courses.


Unfortunate race

At Guerlesquin on July 25th, the 5th place of TENOR DES PICTONS in a flat race does not reflect his value at all. Blocked in all around, he was never able to gallop and express himself.

This 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred horse) by Adnaan out of Tachama Minda, will, in the future, run on race-courses more adapted for the big mover he is.


Discovery of a new horse

On July 23rd at Pornichet, TOM CAT, a 4 year old thoroughbred by High Yield out of La Frandière, ran for the first time since he has been in training with us. 

He finished 4th. He was unfortunate in the last bend, had to catch up a lot of ground in the straight that cost him a better place.

Serious horse to be followed in his category…  


First winner!

On July 14th at Corlay, Mrs. Andrée CYPRES ( born Andrée COUETIL) won Prix René COUETIL with SILVERLEA.

It was quite an event as it was actually the first time she won as an owner a race dedicated to her father.

René COUETIL was a well-known amateur rider, actually the best one of his generation, unfortunately killed in a race accident more than 40 years ago. Many races honour his name.


First win!

SILVERLEA now aged 5 is starting finding her cruise speed… Patience paid back because this late mare who had only had places up to now, eventually won her race (quite easily) at Corlay on July 14th.

This year she will run both chases and cross-country races in which she will certainly still please us! 


She is improving

USHUAIA QUATZ ran 2nd time out at Senonnes on July 14th and finished 5th. It is a positive result as the filly confirmed her first time out at Corlay when she finished 3rd in lesser company.

She showed the same qualities to fight and finish. She is not mature enough yet, but is certainly going to get tougher with the next races.

Next entry: a PHH race (race with national betting).


Half a furlong further….

….and he would have won!

VALDO BERE finished only 3rd on 1350m (6 furlongs ¾) at Senonnes on July 14th. But he was really the best impression of the field because after a bad start, he was only 6th at mid-straight and finished like a bullet.

This two-year-old by Hurricane Cat out of Former Probe is from now on going to run a mile.


Easy win…

…..for STARTLING DU MAGNY in a chase Prix Chamberko at Lion d’Angers on July 12th. Patiently ridden by Wilfrid Denuault, she won in a brilliant way on this selective course of 4200m (2 miles 5 furlongs).

We were delighted with this performance because aged 5, she was the youngest in the field and showed us that she had not stopped improving every time.

STARTLING comforts us in our politics of patience with horses. Actually at the beginning, the mare didn’t show much and we didn’t manage to get her in a good condition. We are now rewarded of our patience.

Even if it doesn’t look obvious, we think that a horse has not completely finished growing at 4 and you have to let time do its work, particularly with jump horses who are required to do so much.


A promising 3 year old

UN SUCCES should not be ashamed of his 2nd place in Prix de l’Isle Briant at Lion d’Angers on July 12th. He nearly got out of the stalls too well, immediately got in the lead and pulled for half of the race. Nevertheless he found enough resources to launch himself and perform a very good last straight. Maxime Guyon really enjoyed riding this easy and handy horse and he thought he had a good potential.

For the future, we have two options: either going on running on the flat at 3, or going over jumps in the autumn. The future will tell!


It was a near thing!

CHARMINGO did a come back over hurdles in good company at Nantes on Junly 4th. Patiently ridden by David Cottin at the back of the field, he finished really well and was 2nd.

He is a miraculously saved horse: he had to be stopped in March 2010 following a fracture of the sesamoid bone and the prognosis was reserved. But Etienne decided to keep him …6 months in a box, 8 months in a paddock and back into training.

Trust was paid back!


She eventually broke the ice!

At Corlay on July 3rd, TROTOT eventually won her first race. She took the lead from the start, in the last bend her jockey Adrien Fouassier let her “blow” and ..she started again …with a fighting mood!

We were more than thrilled because in her last 6 races she was placed 5 times but never won. We didn’t see any win happening….Now it’s done!

This 4 year old AQPS (non thoroughbred) mare from a good family of jumpers (Gondleen, Chriseti, L’Artiste Français…..) is now mature enough to go jumping.


Come back race…


…for GREABY  who hadn’t run since September 2010. On July 3rd at Pornichet he finished 4th in a flat race. He was not completely ready and needed this outing.

As all the competitors of this race, he discovered the new all-weather track of this race-course and he obviously liked it.

June 2011


We were scared stiff…

…..very, very scared on June 27th at Les Landes.

There was a violent thunderstorm during the night and the thunder fell on the transformer of the property and also on a pine tree in the forest…

….and two days later, the fire which smouldered started in the peat at the foot of the tree which had received the lightning discharge and started spreading around. Fortunately, the firemen interfered very quickly and managed to stop the fire.

We were more frightened than hurt!!


A courageous mare

On June 26th on the race-course of Segré, SILVERLEA finished 2nd in a chase. She ran an encouraging race and was beaten by a better horse.

She will get even tougher running the races for 5 year-old horses only and will then be prepared for cross-country racing.


A late horse

SASKATOON had not run since October 2010 because he needed to mature and get stronger.

For his come back at Questembert on June 26th, he debuted in a chase. He finished 2nd , had a smooth race but he still made unnecessary efforts.

This 5 year-old horse has his future in front of him and he will certainly please his breeder- owner, Frédéric Tarder.


She opened up new horizons


STARTLING DU MAGNY finished 3rd in a chase at Auteuil on June 23rd. On the selective 2 miles and 5 ½ furlongs route, the pace was rather slow in the first part of the race, which was not an advantage for her: she was actually a bit too keen and got tired by pulling. It did cost her a lot to finish.

But she showed us her qualities as a jumper and also showed that thanks to her races in the province, she has gained maturity to be able to take part in the future Parisian races with success.   


She is getting tougher


SWEETY HEAD finished 4th in good company in a flat race at Sables d’Olonne on June 21st. She is still a bit tender but she shows us that she is on the right way. She started slowly, came nearer all of a sudden when there was still one way around the race-course to go. She therefore made a violent effort  that she had to pay for in the last furlong. But although she was hampered at mid-straight, she moved on in spite of it.

She will now aim to long-distance handicaps.


She won for the first time…


…and in a very nice manner!

TOUTE NOIR pleased everyone around her when winning for the first time at Sables d’Olonne on June 21st in a classic AQPS race for 4 year-old fillies, Prix Altesse V.

This time she jumped well out of her stall, put herself in second position and at the beginning of the last bend, she took the lead and kept it to the winning post.

This win allows us to think of a good future for this filly in the important races of this year which will make her pedigree even more interesting (family of Tout Rouge).



Late first time out




GOSSE EN CAVALE, a 4 year-old gelding by Dano Mast out of Signora Fortuna, ran first time out at Corlay on June 19th. This horse bred by R.Y. Simon (well known among the sportsmen of the west)  pleased his co-owners. After a good effort along the rail, he came to take the second place in the last strides. In spite of a bad start, he showed enough maturity to come on the inside. And it is not something easy when you know the very special course of Corlay: ups and downs, more or less tight bends and a short uphill straight. 



Good first time out


USHUAIA QUATZ by Johann Quatz out of Eblouissante, ran first time out at Corlay on June 19th back to her birth place. Therefore she did her best (an excellent 3rd place) to honour her breeder, Olivier Quiniou who had many friends on the race-course.

On a difficult course for beginners, she showed a lot of pugnacity in the finishing straight to take this 3rd place.


Good schooling race


ROSE DE REIMS finished 2nd in a chase at Jallais on June 19th. She performed a good jump race and showed that she gained experience. She fought to the end for the win.

Jallais is an excellent course for young horses in chases, because the obstacles are so well made. It is just a pity you depend on the weather. Next time ROSE DE REIMS will run at Ecommoy in a chase for 4 year-old fillies only


He is climbing the steps…

On June 14th ASTIGOS discovered the hurdles of Auteuil on the distance of 3500m (2 miles and 1 ½ furlong) and it was indeed a success as he finished 2nd not beaten much. He jumped everything well and fought stride by stride with the winner to finish.

This race gives us hope for the future as the horse doesn’t stop improving from one race to the next one and he seems to like Auteuil.


Doomed by his name!!

The level to reach is quite high when you run first time out a horse called….UN SUCCES (A SUCCESS)… are then not allowed to make a mistake!!!!

The colt by Denham Red out of Harielle II was up to his name….He won and won well at Nort sur Erdre on June 13th. In spite of the setting out of the course which didn’t suit him ( tight bends), he was able to speed up in the final straight to win easily.

This “success” is only the first one!


Anjou Loire Challenge-photo gallery

Jean-Jean and CHRISETI quietly getting ready.



Before the start, horses were under orders



The outbreak of hostilities.



Crossing the water



The banks



The “pianos”, last effort before the finish



At 600m (3 furlongs) from the post the die was cast: CHRISETI started and ran to the winning post



The joy of the winners



After 7300m (4 miles and 4 ½ furlongs) and 49 obstacles under oppressively hot sun, the shower was welcome!



Such a great moment for Etienne Leenders (the trainer) and Joël Blandin (the owner), a winning partnership for more than 20 years!



The Gondouin family, breeders of CHRISETI were greatly moved.



On the podium, trophies were awarded to the owner, the trainer, the jockey, the breeder and the lad


In total partnership with her amateur rider

At Dieppe on June 5th, STARTLING DU MAGNY, ridden by Maxime Denuault took an excellent 3rd place in a chase for amateur riders. Maxime rode a clever race without any effort and calculated to the inch to take the best possible place.

The mare showed us her qualities as a jumper, but as she lacks class on the flat, we are going to aim to go cross-country racing with her.


Good first time over jumps

On June 5th, on the hurdle race-track of Dieppe, GREAT HORIZON showed he was made for jump racing. He finished 4th in a race in which he didn’t make any mistake and jumped perfectly.

He is a horse who should get stronger. He will now have a month holiday  and will come back in the autumn.


It was his day!

At the finish of the Anjou Loire Challenge, the longest cross-country race in the world 7300m (4 miles and 4 1/2 furlongs), CHRISETI showed he was the strongest one. After a smooth race during which he jumped perfectly, Joël Blandin’s horse took his flight with a winning stride.

He had been at the best of his form for a week and showed us he was so well mentally and physically, which was everything you needed for this kind of race.

He was helped by his jockey Wilfrid Denuault who rode a superb race. Everything turned out smooth and well as in a dream. Jockey and horse were One! A race to be shown in schools for jockeys.

Of course everyone concerned was thrilled and happy, mainly his breeders Jean and Françoise Gondouin, and also “Jean-Jean” , his faithful morning rider. They dropped a tear when the Marseillaise was played after the win and before celebration. For the petty side of history, “Jean-Jean” was also the morning rider of Iclan de Molières!

Let’s meet at Craon in September!


He is climbing the steps

Very good race and 2nd place in a chase for TORPILLEUR at Lion d’Angers on June 2nd.

After having jumped everything well, he unfortunately got slack and made a mistake at the wall. What a pity! Would he have won? We don’t know but in any case, he collected himself and did a good finishing straight.


He learns his job

At Lion d’Angers on June 2nd, TITAN DES PICTONS  ran for the second time over hurdles and finished 4th.

After the race we were slightly disappointed with the result, but we think this good jumper will be better in chases as he lacks speed on fast ground.



For his second time in a chase, TROIS HUIT missed the win by very little. But he shouldn’t be ashamed of his second place because he ran and jumped really well trustfully ridden by Grégory Denuault. A small mistake on the last jump did cost him a lot  because after restarting well he finished very close.

A horse for the future.

May 2011


First time out for a two-year-old

It is always very exciting in a stable when the first two-year-old of the year is debuting.

It was the case for VALDO BERE by Hurricane Cat out of Former Probe at Chateaubriant on May 28th and it was rather successful as he finished 3rd on 1100m (5 1/2 furlongs).

Right out of the stalls he found it hard to follow the pace but got balanced in the final straight and finished well. His jockey Adrien Fouassier reported that VALDO BERE was a bit afraid to go in between other horses but that he was very pleasant when he found his action.

This colt bred by Haras de la Haie Neuve is certainly a horse for the future.


Going on

On Monday 22nd at Moulins, TROTOT finished 2nd in a flat race. She took her responsibilities and went in front “let those who love me follow me!”

In the finishing straight, TROTOT didn’t change pace and got beaten at half a furlong from home. The winner is estimated and….for the petty side of history, he had been beaten by TRIFOLIUM at Angers.

Our filly will improve for this race… her future? Flat or jump, we’ll see!


Time for retirement

XAAR MORINIERE ran the last race of his career at Moulins on May 22nd and finished 4th in a cross-country race.

This good old servant now aged 13, is still quite healthy, but as his “feet ache” sometime, it seems reasonable to retire him.

XAAR was not a champion, but a decent race-horse… whimsical, slightly temperamental….and always there when he had decided it!

A few facts and figures about XAAR: ran first time out in 2001 (ten years ago), ran a total of 69 races for: 7 wins, 47 places and 180 000 euros prize money.



Well done ECOMI who won the second race of his short career at Saint-Cloud on May 18thon a mile and 6 furlongs. This tough little three-year-old is getting far more handy in a race.He answered the requirements of his jockey Mickaël Barzalona and showed a nice turn of foot, leaving his competitors on the spot.

For the petty side of history, his sire, the stallion VERGLAS  (standing at the National Stud in Ireland) died (following an accident in his box) on the very same day ECOMI won.


Promising first time out over hurdles

On May 15th at Nantes, TITAN DES PICTONS, 4 year-old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) finished 3rd in a hurdle race in the company of more experienced horses. He had only run once on the flat at Lion d’Angers where he finished unlucky 5th, but was quite impressive. Second time out, he ran well but was still a “baby”  and went  by fits and starts: he needs to learn his job. But he moved well to finish.

He is a good horse.


Not a real choice

…of entries for MARCETI who ran Grand Prix de Fontainebleau on May 14th on 2000m (a mile and two furlongs) which is a distance too short for him. He finished 4th very close.

In a regular race, the horse only began to stretch himself at half a furlong from home and finised fast but too late. His jockey Mickaël Barzalona, told us that he would have won easily on a longer distance.


He goes on with his apprenticeship

On May 12th at Compiègne, ASTIGOS was good 3rd over hurdles. In a race with a good pace, he did a good part and jumped regularly. He starts being able to master his energy and spare  his efforts.

ASTIGOS improves: he now runs more seriously, recuperates well of his efforts for the pleasure of his owner-breeder, Marcello Randelli.


Blocked in


PRIVATE EQUITY’s 5th place doesn’t correspond to the ability of the horse.

In a tactical race, PRIVATE found it tough to follow when they started the sprint the sprint and therefore was behind a wall of horses. When he managed to get out, he made a big effort and finished within less than a length from the second horse.


Very good return

TROTOT ran a flat race at Vannes on May 8th.

In a race with a pretty good pace, she found it tough to follow at the beginning of the race and she came to take the second place in a very good final rush.

It is encouraging for the future


Nice improvement

On May 8th at Vannes, GREAT HORIZON proved he was on the right way when finishing 4th in a good style. He took the lead and stayed in his action for the finish without weakening.

It was his last race on the flat. From now on, we’ll see him over jumps as he is now strong enough to change discipline.


Interesting first time out...

…..on the good race-course of Vannes on May 8th for SWEETY HEAD ( by Enrique out of Tête d’Affiche),  a three year old thoroughbred filly belonging to Ecurie Muserolle.

In a regular race, she kept in the middle of the pack, took a long time to find her feet

and moved very well to finish 4th.

This pleasant filly will improve for this race and she will not stop here.


A perfect race

On May 6th at Fontainebleau, TRIFOLIUM won with authority Prix Bango, a race for the best 4 year old AQPS horses (non-thoroughbred horses).

In 3rd position all around, he was launched by Maxime Guyon at a furlong from home and produced a nice acceleration to come and win easily.

Paul Terpereau’s horse will now have a month break before “being back in the bridle”!


Next step to be decided !

THERAMENE ran an average race at Fontainebleau on May 6th in Prix Bango. She could not sustain her effort to the end  and finished 5th.

We have now to make a choice:

-         either going on running on the flat and she would have to meet the 5 year-olds with a weight penalty during the first half of the year,

-         either to run her over jumps.

Anyway, she has quality and we’ll soon find her back to herself.

April 2011


And here she came….

…from nowhere!

TOUTE NOIR, a 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) filly by Roli Abi out of Idée de Valeur, ran first time out in a flat race at Lion d’Angers on April 25th and finished 2nd. She was at the back all around, but at the entrance of the finishing straight, a yellow and garnet-red rocket sprang: it was our dark bay filly who performed a fantastic finish, missing the first place by little.

People still talk about it!


A young hope


TITAN DES PICTONS, a 4 year old AQPS (non-thoroughbred) gelding by Kapgarde out of Iola d’Ex, ran first time out in a flat race at Lion d’Angers on April 25th and finished 5th. Very unlucky in the last straight, he was blocked in, had to change line and start again. He finished with a lot of speed and the first five were very close.

A good horse! 


Last prep…

….for the Anjou Loire Challenge in June for CHRISETI.

At Lion d’Angers on April 25th in a cross-country race on the distance of 5200m (3 miles and two furlongs), CHRISETI did a superb and smooth jumping performance. He alone chased after the horse who had gone far away in front, and in spite of this effort, CHRISETI finished second very close to the winner. According to his jockey Wilfrid Denuault, he would have won if there had been other horses with him to chase the leader.

We’ll see him next time in the Anjou-Loire challenge at Lion d’Angers on June 2nd.


New recruit

Maryline VEILLAT joined our stables mid-march and got her licence as a young jockey a week ago. She rode her first race at Machecoul on April 25th in partnership with La Ramée.

They finished 2nd.

Maryline rode the filly trustfully and was very cool for a beginner.

We wish her a nice career.


She caught up a lot of ground!

LA RAMEE, a 3 year-old thoroughbred by Green Tune out of La Brindille, finished 2nd in a flat race at Machecoul on April 25th. Ridden by our young jockey Maryline Veillat, she stayed at the back for most of the race, came closer in the last bend and eventually found her way to finish very well in the last straight.


A late filly

At Blain on April 25th, TRESISE, by Le Triton out of Fleurilude, ran a flat race and finished pleasant 4th.

This 3 year old thoroughbred filly has not completely “come” yet, but she starts “blossoming”and understanding her racing job.


First race

TROIS HUIT, a 4 year old AQPS (non thoroughbred horse) big Shaanmer out of Insoumise, ran first time out at Fougères on April 24th and finished 2nd in a chase beaten by an experienced horse.

This excellent jumper with a big action will, in the future, run on bigger race-courses more adapted to his abilities.


Change of sport

On April 22nd at Châteaubriant, ASTIGOS (by Trempolino) ran for the 2nd time over hurdles and finished 2nd, not beaten much for the first place.

This race gives us good hopes for the future because this horse was too tensed up on the flat, but he has now understood his job and he manages to master his energy.

Good recruit!


First time out on the flat

Issued from a good jumping family, AMARABAD, 3 year old thoroughbred by Astarabad out of Ama, was born to jump.

This late horse ran first time out in a flat race at Nantes on April 21st to “see the racing silks” and finished 5th. At the start he was not able to cope with the speed but he did a good finishing straight.


News from…

ROMAIN DE VINDECY who ran over hurdles on April 20th at Auteuil and who got injured.

Result of the X rays: fracture of a canon bone. He was sent to the veterinary clinic of Meslay du Maine. The vets operated him and put pins and screws. Everything went fine.

Now we have to be patient as only time can settle things right.


We have found the right way…

…with MAUVEZIN. On April 19th at Cholet, he finished 3rd in a flat race, not beaten much for the 2nd place. He is always tensed up and has to wait at the back of the field… but unfortunately with this tactics, you have a lot of ground to catch up and the other horses don’t wait for you!!

But running this way, he is more relaxed and can show his turn of foot.


Not a race-track for him!

QUIRWALA finished 5th in a chase at Bordeaux on April 16th. He, who is a fantastic jumper,

Made unforgivable mistakes. As he was not at ease on this track of Bordeaux, he was a shadow of himself and paid for his effort in the finish.

It is a race to forget!


A longer distance…

….seemed to suit ECOMI better. Actually, on April 16th, he discovered the distance of 2400m (12 furlongs) on the race-course of Bordeaux and finished honourably 4th (his latest performances were bad on shorter distances).

When he got off, Maxime Guyon told us he would even be better on 3000m (a mile and 7 furlongs).

To be followed!


She goes on learning

On April 11th at Enghien, ROSE DE REIMS finished 6th in a hurdle race. There was a lot of pace in the race and she found it difficult to follow the rhythm of a race too fast for her. But she jumped better than last time out and therefore didn’t forfeit our esteem.

She is a mare who will be more at ease over bigger hurdles or in chases.


Always courageous…

…and with high spirits, good old MAKARIOS (11 years old) did a come back in a chase at Bordeaux on April 10th and won quite easily.

This horse had a big potential but he had a career with ups and downs due to serious accidents. Nevertheless he always did his best on numerous race-courses: Angers, Bordeaux, Craon, Dieppe, Fontainebleau, ….

A race horse, even when he gets older, stays a race-horse.


He is moving up the scales

At Compiègne on April 6th, PRIVATE EQUITY finished 2nd in Prix de Montdidier, a grade B flat race on 2400m (12 furlongs).

It is a really good performance for this colt by High Yield as the extremely slow pace of the race was not at all in his favour. But, in the finishing straight, when the winner started all of a sudden, PRIVATE EQUITY, launched by Mickaël  Barzalona, finished in a very good action.

Very good colt for the future!


Racing for the first time

UN PETIT PLUS, a big 3 year old thoroughbred by Great Pretender out of La Grande Touche, ran first time out over hurdles on April 6th. He finished very good 6th in large company of horses of different values.

This late horse has many qualities as a jumper and as a stayer, but he needs to get into shape.

We have a particular esteem for this horse for the future.


What can we say…

…except that we were thrilled with CHRISETI’s race at Lion d’Angers on April 4th. Our courageous warrior was back to competition in the company of good horses accustomed to the hardships of cross-country racing. He finished 2nd at the end of a very smooth race without any mistake.

Wilfrid Denuault told us that the horse was really well, but not yet at the top of his preparation.

We are going to find a race for him in May in view of the Anjou Loire Challenge in June.


We have not always the choice!

TWIN PRINCE ran a flat handicap on a mile and two furlongs (2000m) at Lion d’Angers on April 4th. He finished 4th.

This horse who doesn’t like to be close to the others had pulled number 1 in the stalls. Therefore there was no choice of tactics but to dodge in and out among the others in the last straight. He finished courageously.


Second chase

On April 2nd at Auteuil, SAINT GRATIEN finished 3rd in quite a decent lot, beaten by better horses.

He performed a race without any mistake, but still wasted time jumping to the right. He was 4th over the last fence and with his usual determination, managed to catch the 3rd place.

March 2011


You can always rely on him

On March 31st at Saint-Cloud in Prix d’Estruval, TRIFOLIUM finished 3rd with courage and pugnacity.

It was a race without any pace. In the far straight, the horses were practically on the trot, they couldn’t go slower!

Maxime Guyon told us: ”We only ran 300m (a furlong and a half)!” As a result they rolled off to finish  and as usual, TRIFOLIUM managed to cope with it and finished in a very good action.


To be seen again…

…in better racing conditions.

THERAMENE did a come back in Prix d’Estruval at Saint-Cloud on March 31st and she didn’t run up to her true value, finishing unplaced.

As a consequence of her winnings in 2010, she carried a big weight and on top of that, as her stable partner TRIFOLIUM, she didn’t appreciate the lack of pace, she pulled a lot and thus got strained. As a result she was unable to finish.   


Good come back

After 6 months off, MARCETI ran a B race on a mile and a furlong (1800m) at Compiègne on March 29th. He finished 3rd in very good company. Mickael Barzalona had the same opinion on the horse as all the jockeys who rode him before, he was thrilled with his courage and handiness: “good horse”.

It was a good performance as the horse was obviously not 100% ready. He is going to come up in form after this race and we start thinking of his next entry in April.


Back to success

Taking part in a chase for the second time only, RATAFIA won at Saumur on March 27th.

This horse who is sometimes temperamental  was very serious in his work and won easily. His jockey Grégory Denuault could be satisfied: he was the jockey who rode him in his first chase at Argentan at the beginning of March and was therefore able to see how the horse had improved.

Well done to both!


Convincing first time out

TUFFE, AQPS (non thoroughbred) 4 year-old filly by Mister Sacha out of Mirta, ran first time out in a flat race at Saumur on March 27th, ridden by Jean-Pascal Ricocé.

Without any fuss or worry, Quirta’s sister won easily, confirming indeed what she showed us in her morning work.

The lights are green for her !


He prefers the big ….


QUIZZICAL ran a cross-country race at Saumur on March 27th and finished 3rd. His huge mistake at the bank prevented him from having a better place.

Cross-country racing does suit him, but we noticed that this good jumper is better at ease over the big obstacles.


A learning race

TORPILLEUR, a 4 year-old AQPS (non thoroughbred horse) by Dear Doctor out of Expoville, ran for the first time over jumps in a chase on the selective race-course of Meslay-du-Maine on March 27th.

Ridden with confidence by Wilfrid Denuault, he jumped off at the back of the field and little by little came closer to finish 5th.

This excellent horse has a lot of potential, is an exceptional jumper and with him, we don’t want to get ahead of schedule.

Patience and time…..are what he needs.


First time over jumps

 TOSCANE did a come back….and a first race over hurdles at Auteuil on March 27th. Her 6th place does not really reflect her true value: she has to learn her new job.

As she pulled a lot during the race, her jockey David Cottin decided to take the lead.  She made a few mistakes of inexperience and found it difficult to find her marks.

She has a potential to succeed but we have still a few adjustments to do with this mare who has a strong personality.


A new lad!

FALCO, a three month old labrador, has just signed a contract with our stables and is presently working as an apprentice…with his governor, Grégoire.

Everyday, he goes to the paddock to catch CHRISETI, who fully trusts him although he is normally unwilling whenever there is something


Well done…

ROSE DE REIMS (by Bonbon Rose out of La Louvine) who courageously won her first  race over hurdles.

In this race with many runners, it was not always easy for her to find her place. Actually this filly doesn’t like being close to other horses but her jockey Mathieu Delage managed to have her isolated and in spite of a few hesitations on the last two fences… she managed to finish well.


Our two runners….

…at Saumur, QUIZZICAL and RAHLA finished respectively 2nd and 3rd on March 13th.

QUIZZICAL ran a nice cross-country race in spite of having to make big efforts over a few jumps but he finished well and is not beaten much for the first place.

In the chase, RAHLA was more at ease than over the obstacles of Pau, this race-course suited her better and she finished well with a good action.


First wins!

PRIVATE EQUITY, who did a come back at Fontainebleau on March 9th, won with class. First time out, he had already finished good 4th on this same race-course. Close to the lead during most of the race, he managed to get out in the straight, changed gear and finished well.

His owner/breeder John Studd  was present and it was a real pleasure to see how happy he was. Cherry on the cake, it was also John’s first winner as a breeder in France.


How right-handed he is!

SAINT-GRATIEN, who did his come back at Enghien on March 8th, ran well and finished 3rd in a chase, beaten by horses who had already run this year.

All around, he jumped everything well, but to the right and really to the right! He therefore lost a lot of ground at each jump and had to make efforts to come back.

He runs better at Auteuil where most of the right-handed horses are often better at ease than at Enghien and where he actually has already won.   


Needed to come back to….

….competition. On March 8th at Enghien, QUIZAS JOLIE did a come back in a chase. She finished 5th, not beaten much for 3rd and 4th place.

This result doesn’t correspond with her real value, but the mare had to get back to racing rhythm and go forward in her preparation.

Anyway, she prefers racing at Auteuil.    


February 2011


She is improving

On February 22nd at Fontainebleau, SALLYS GONE did a come back over hurdles on 3550m (2 miles and 1 ¾ furlong) in quite a good company and she finished 2nd. There was a lot of pace in the race, she was always close and finished remarkably well with still a lot of resources.

Next entries: hurdle race for 4  and 5 year old mares at Enghien or Auteuil.


Inaccurate race

ROUVENNEC didn’t show his true value!

On February 22nd at Fontainebleau, he did his come back over hurdles and finished unplaced. He pulled all around and of course had not much left for the finish.

This good 4 year old horse who has shown a lot of improvement in his jumps will now have to learn to manage his efforts in a race.


First foaling

KUSEA (by Useful out of L’Allier) had a nice little colt foal by Alberto Giacometti on February 9th at Haras de la Rousselière.

For the petty details of history, he was born on the birthday of his breeder , Jean Gondouin.

As the names of AQPS (non-thoroughbred race-horses) born in 2011 have to start with a B, we may name him : BON ANNIVERSAIRE or BIRTHDAY! 


Good come back

RIFIFI finished 4th in a chase (3800m) of good standard on the selective race-course of Angers. Ridden by his favourite jockey, Jean-Pascal Ricocé, he jumped well and finished well.


He didn’t forfeit our esteem

On February 17th, TRIFOLIUM did his come back on the flat on the race-course of Angers. He finished 2nd, beaten by a good horse who had proved himself in classic races.

His jockey Anthony Clément was thrilled with his horse and told us that he had still a margin of improvement.

The next steps are not defined yet. We’ll decide according to the racing programme.


A future champion ?

On January 11th at Pau, our good ROMAIN DE VINDECY won over hurdles for the second time quite easily. He went better than his competitors all around. His jockey David Cottin let him gallop at his pace, and after the last fence, he showed the difference.

Getting off, David told us: “he has a big engine”.

You can imagine how happy Mr and Mrs. Grue (his owners and breeders) were.

Next step: Auteuil.


Equidia on our training centre (Les landes)

On February 10th, we had two visitors, Dimitri (journalist) and Laurent (cameraman) who came to do a report for the TV channel EQUIDIA.

They prepare a film on cross-country racing in France and therefore visit the professionals practising this sport.

The film will be out in March.


Come back races in the west

On February 6th, racing resumed in the west on the race-course of Machecoul.

We had 3 runners, SANABATA JAVILEX (4th in a flat race), LITTLE RISK (5th in a flat race) and TES BELLE (5th in a chase).

They are promising runs which allow us to know where we stand in the preparation of our horses.

January 2011


Good come back

ROSE DE REIMS did her come back over hurdles at Pau on January 20th. She finished courageous 2nd ridden by Alain de Chitray. She started at the back of the field and never stopped coming closer to the lead in spite of a few mistakes due to inexperience.

It was only her 2nd hurdle race and mentally, she is still a flat mare and has to learn how to master her energy over jumps


Back to work after the holidays

THERAMENE arriving directly from Haras de la Rousselière with her owner, Nelly de la Guillonnière.



CHRISETI needs a good cleaning!

Cheer up Jean!



TOSCANE just getting out of the van with her lad Harold.



QUIRWALA, back from La Chapelle d’Aligné, with Romain Dubois, our blacksmith



PAUSE CAFE killed herself yesterday at Pau in the prep for the Grand cross-country race.

When landing after the last fence, she fell and broke her neck.

Farewell Princess.


Trusting paid back!

On January 14th at Pau, ROMAIN DE VINDECY easily won for the first time over hurdles. This big bay horse ran for the first time quite late, when he was 4 in December 2010 and finished second over hurdles.

He should never have run according to his previous trainer who had condemned him!… and we received him only a few months ago.

We have to acknowledge the patience shown by his owners breeders, Mr and Mrs Grue, who kept believing in him and we have to congratulate our team for the training work and the osteopath for his care of the horse.



In the fog, follow my red outfit!



You would think you are on Place de la Concorde at 6pm



TRIFOLIUM’s owners visiting



Work on the all weather track of the race-course






Hello from our riders back from work