Sponsored rider Astier Nicolas and Ben dominate at Rio Olympics

Whole new level of proud! I have known Astier and Ben for about six years now and it’s been a huge learning curve working with them.
Astier is the first true professional I ever worked with, and as much as we have had our amusing ‘moments’ ;),  I have always admired his absolute determination, persistence & self belief! He adores his horses and although I’m very fortunate now to treat more of the horses and riders on the world stage, his riding always amazes me. Ben is just the epitome of a gentleman and has looked after me on many occasions. It wasn’t so long ago he had me in my work clothes & a grooms hat riding Ben up his gallops. All he told me was ‘what ever happens, don’t f******* fall off’, as he took off at the speed of notts on his quickest horse – aptly named Quicky! For those that know Astier and ‘the princess’ Im sure you can picture the scene!
Both myself and Astier are very strong minded individuals, and watching him go round that cross country course at the Rio Olympics , reminded why it is so important to believe in yourself!
For riders it’s essential as if you don’t believe in yourself, nor will your horse!
Very excited for the showjumping tomorrow, with them currently lying in an incredible third position!!!! Credit to you Astier, you showed all those that didn’t believe a thing or two, and I feel very lucky to have you as a sponsored rider, but most importantly, a great friend.
…Take risks, be brave and kick on folks….

Rio Olympics 2016 Astier Nicolas and Ben

Dee 🙂


Team France – Bronze at European Eventing Championships


NAF Int Hartpury Horse Trials – a very busy & successful Dressage day – Quicky & Ben ready for jumping tomorrow!

Today was an extremely busy day for myself, Astier & the horses – but both horses performed wonderful tests! Quicky was a little ‘hot’ during the Dressage so as you can see from the pictures (gallery) she enjoyed a massage at the end of the day to relax and hopefully relieve some of that tightness for SJ & XC tomorrow.


Massage after competition for both horse and rider, particularly before the next day of competition can help reduce DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) which horses suffer from the same as humans. Typically ‘hot’ horses/ponies can also gain by simply relaxing them…

I shall blog the final scores tomorrow…


Astier 9th at Badminton 2013 – 8th in rider rankings…


Astier and Piaf de B’Neville (Ben) have had incredible success this season, with the highlight being 9th at Badminton, at what many would say the most competitve year to date! Keep an eye out for them during the rest of the season along with Astiers other rides.

Jhakti du Janlie (Jack), Astiers previous 4* horse was officially retired today – he was a real gentleman and means a great deal to Astier. So my first post on my website goes to Jack – Have a very happy retirement!

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