Olympic Three-Day Event Champion
"As a three day event rider at the top end of the sport and a huge fan of horse racing, it seemed logical to me to accept to be an ambassador for the Au-Delà Des Pistes charity, which promotes the retraining of racehorses. I am also convinced of the potential thoroughbreds have to succeed in the eventing world as well as other equestrian sports."
Astier took up riding at the age of 7 and he started to compete at the age of 10. At the age of 15, Astier became part of the French Pony eventing team and he participated in the European Pony Championships, the Juniors and the Young Riders at European level for 6 consecutive years. After becoming professional, he moved to England in 2011, where he took a degree in Equine Management. In 2012 he became a World Eventing Champion in the under 25s category. In 2013 Astier became part of the French Seniors team for the first time and he took the bronze team medal at the European championships that year. After several wins including the Blair Castle CCI 3* and the Pau CCI 4*, Astier took team gold and an individual silver in the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Eight-time Champion jockey
"I think it is very important that we all join together within the bloodstock industry to ensure we give a second chance to a maximum number of racehorses, to guarantee they are rehomed appropriately. They give us so much, every day, during their race careers that we should be there for them, to help them find a new life once their careers are over. It is a very important issue."
Born in Belgium, Christophe Soumillon has established himself as one of the best flat race jockeys in France and internationally. At only 20 years of age, Christophe won his first classic when taking the Gr. 1 Prix du Jockey Club aboard Anabaa Blue. This win started a long series of victories at the top level, given Christophe now numbers over one hundred Group 1 wins throughout the world. He has also been Champion Jockey in France on eight separate occasions. Christophe is currently the retained jockey for His Highness the Aga Khan with whom he has won numerous top races.
Olympic Three-Day Event Champion
"I have often had the opportunity to ride ex-racehorses during my career. They are athletes that are gifted with great temperaments. At the same age as sport horses, they are often more advanced which gives them a huge capacity to adapt to various situations."
Nicolas Touzaint is a well-known and established eventing rider. An Olympic Champion, a European Champion and a World Junior Champion, Nicolas was the first French rider to win the mythic Badminton Three Day Event in England. His achievements speak for themselves. Even though his career is focused on eventing, Nicolas has not forgotten his passion of horse racing. An amateur rider, breeder, owner and permit trainer of racehorses, he shows a real appetite for all things relating to the racing world.
Equestrian Journalist and Commentator
"I am passionate about equestrian sports and horse racing. I would like to put the horses first and those that respect them. This is why I am happy to assist the Au-Delà Des Pistes charity in their mission."
Kamel Boudra is without doubt one of the most popular presenters for the Equidia television channel. He is the host of Equestrian Le Mag and Profession Crack as well as the commentator of all the major equestrian events covered by the channel. Furthermore he oversees many documentaries produced by Equidia about the biggest flat, jumps and trotting races. However above all, Kamel is a real horseman. He has ridden and bred sport horses for a long time and he is passionate about all the various equestrian disciplines. Most recently he has obtained his silks at France Galop and he is due to have his first runner soon in his own colours, as he has formed a racing syndicate with a group of friends.
Top Professional Polo player
"The qualities of the thoroughbred are numerous but their most remarkable features are their intelligence and their generosity. A racehorse is naturally fast and explosive but their intelligence allows them, with good training, to control their liveliness. The public often believe the thoroughbred is too difficult and hot-headed for an amateur rider, but I try to prove the contrary. I often sell thoroughbreds to amateur polo players and they are delighted with their results."
Pierre-Henri N’Goumou is one of the stars of the French polo scene and he has won numerous competitions including the Open de Paris, the Open de France and the Coupe d’Argent at Deauville. He is the owner and manager of the Grassfields polo stables and of the Haras du Houlley stud where he oversees several different activities notably the purchasing, training, reselling, hiring and riding of thoroughbreds. He is therefore a very important personality in the world of retraining racehorses.
Three Day Eventing Champion
Cadeau Du Roi was an unraced thoroughbred born in Normandy. He was an unremarkable racehorse but he has since regularly established himself as one of the leading three day eventers in France. Most notably he finished 2nd in the French National Championships at Pompadour in 2014, as well as competing in the World Equestrian Games. Cadeau Du Roi recently finished 3rd in the renowned Burghley Three Day Event. His proud rider is International Eventer, Cédric Lyard.
Seven time Group 1 winner
Following an outstanding race career during which Cirrus Des Aigles won numerous Group 1 events throughout the world, this champion racehorse has now retired from the tracks to spend his time in between his ex-trainer Corine Barbe's stables and his regular jockey Christophe Soumillon's Normandy home. Cirrus and Christophe took part in the inaugural Rehoming of Racehorses Day organised by Au-Delà des Pistes at Deauville last summer and they were the star attractions.
Group 1 winner to Dressage Performer
Au-Delà des Pistes is particularly pleased to have Kasbah Bliss amongst their equine ambassadors, given he is a perfect example of a retrained thoroughbred. Following an international race career, where he notched up several group successes on both the flat and over the jumps for his trainer François Doumen and his owner Henri de Pracomtal, Kasbah Bliss has retrained to become a dressage horse. In his new career, Kasbah Bliss has already won several competitions under his faithful rider and retrainer, Eugénie Danloux d’Harambure.