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On November 22nd, Joel Blandin passed away. We can’t think of him without mentioning his love for his horses.


Joel had had horses for more than 30 years: grey colours with dark blue seams, grey and blue cap. He started his career as an owner with a very good horse: LE MONTAGNARD trained by Guy Henrot. Then we met thanks to Roland Roisnard and Joel bought GONDLEEN, a good horse who brought him a lot of satisfactions and then he bought the brother: CHRISETI.


It was a beautiful story. CHRISETI was a good horse at the beginning of his career with already then nice performances. All the hopes were allowed.

Unfortunately, at 4, he had a fracture of a malleolus…. Was stopped for a few months… then resumed his career but we couldn’t find back the horse we had before, his races were average, etc… Etienne didn’t know what to do and he proposed to Joel to try the horse in cross-country racing. The owner answered: “listen Etienne, I love this little horse, let’s give him his chance” and we know what happened afterwards… a formidable career and many joys shared together.


Joel always said he was very lucky to have had such a champion but we think CHRISETI was quite lucky to have such an owner!!


His last joys as an owner this year were winning “quintés” (big handicaps) with PALMERINO and DE BON ALOI.


Farewell Joel, we’ll miss