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The Au-Delà des Pistes Team

Marine Thevenet

Project manager

During the Summer of 2016, Au-Delà Des Pistes strengthened their team by hiring Marine as their project manager. Marine, the founder of the Race Com’ communications agency, had worked for a number of years in the racing and equine sports industries, most notably in the eventing sector. On a daily basis Marine undertakes the actions and objectives of Au-Delà Des Pistes under the guidance of the Board members.

Julie Degand

Development & Placement Manager

As an eventing rider, Julie is passionate about horses and has explored the racing world through various professional placements. Julie is particularly interested in the American industry, and worked for the US Jockey Club in Lexington for the Registry and Data Management departments. An Advanced Master graduate majoring in the Sciences and Management of Equine Business, Julie focused on race integrity and the long-term development of the racing industry. Julie is in charge of ADDP’s development through the expansion and coordination of members, partners and accredited organisations.

Aliette Forien


Aliette is the great grand-daughter of Gabriel Guerlain, the founder of the Guerlain perfume brand, as well as the Haras de la Reboursière et de Montaigu. The family stud is situated close to Gacé in the Orne region of France. Aliette took over the management of the stud with her husband Gilles Forien over thirty years ago and was more recently joined by her daughter, Sybille Gibson. The stud regularly presents yearlings at the Arqana Deauville sales and has bred winners throughout the world. Aliette was also an accomplished showjumper in her youth and she incarnates the complete "horse woman".

Henri Bozo


After working and travelling extensively throughout the world to learn about the horse racing industry, Henri succeeded his father, Antoine, as the manager of the Haras du Mezeray at the age of 27. Four years later, Henri was recruited to manage the Haras des Monceaux in order to develop the structure internationally. Today Ecurie des Monceaux is one of Europe’s leading yearling consignors and breeders.

Lisa-Jane Graffard


Irish-born Lisa-Jane grew up surrounded by horses. Having graduated from the Godolphin Flying Start programme she has spent the last ten years working for Darley & Godolphin, one of the world’s largest owner/breeder operations. Since 2009 she has represented His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s racing interests in France. Godolphin’s passion for the sport of horse racing transcends the racetracks, with an ultimate goal of having a lasting impact on the sport throughout the world.

Nemone Routh

Secretary General

After having grown up in England, Nemone joined the Aga Khan Studs three years after arriving in France after having worked for the International Racing Bureau in Paris. Today she works as the Racing Office Manager for His Highness the Aga Khan and is based at the Aiglemont Training Centre in Chantilly. Nemone is also a member of the Bloodstock Management Team, which oversees the racing and breeding decisions of the Aga Khan Studs.

Alix Choppin

Steering Committee

Alix, who studied at HEC, discovered the racing industry via the Grandes Ecoles Championship. After having ridden as an amateur rider (the last two horses she rode at the races are both living a happy retirement under the care of her parents), Alix worked in communications in Newmarket. There after she joined the FRBC (French Racing and Breeding Committee) and then the think tank, Generation Galop, before taking up her current position as the Director of Marketing and Development for Arqana.

Nicolas Clément

Steering Committee

The son of a trainer, Nicolas, learnt his trade in Ireland and then in the USA. After only two years after taking out his trainer’s license, Nicolas won the mythic Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Saumarez. Since then, many numerous classic victories have followed. Nicolas continues to train winners from the magnificent Chantilly training centre.

Diana Cooper

Comité de Pilotage

Diana Cooper has worked for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s thoroughbred horseracing interests for over 20 years and currently leads Godolphin’s global charitable programme. The programme’s objective is to create greater awareness, passion and care for the thoroughbred horse and to have a positive long-lasting impact on the thoroughbred industry and the communities local to Godolphin’s facilities worldwide. Diana joined Darley in 1993, and has been with Godolphin since its inception, overseeing their racing programmes in France until 2004 and then assisting the racing team in Dubai and the UK thereafter. Her wide background in racing has covered time with Fasig-Tipton, the International Racing Bureau and working for Luca Cumani.

Amélie Lemercier

Steering Committee

Passionate about the racing industry from a young age, Amélie discovered the thoroughbred world during her studies by working for the Wertheimer Family at Deauville. During her final two years at University, Amélie discovered the international thoroughbred community through work placements with Coolmore in Ireland and with Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. There after she joined the Coolmore marketing agency, Primus, for her final work placement. After having graduated, Amélie was hired by the Aga Khan Studs as a marketing assistant.

Constance Popineau

Steering Committee

After managing the legal department of the French Equestrian Federation for 7 years, Constance took over as the Manager of the French Breeders Association in 2017. Also a member of the Tribunal of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and of the anti-doping Commission of the French Tennis Federation, Constance works daily to help create a strong connection between the fields of sport and racing.

Blanche de Granvilliers

Avocate spécialisée en droit équin

Equine lawyer and passionate about horses (Racing and equestrian rider), from owner parents and a sister rider and coach, Blanche thinks that the actions of ADDP to help the retraining of racehorses are great and needed. Their scale shows that the whole industry is involved and that we are committed to offering them the best future after their career on racetracks.

Véronique Delauney

Web and Graphic Designer

After several trips to the USA, Veronique joined the Aga Khan Development Network as a web and graphic designer. In this capacity Veronique is often working with the Aga Khan Studs team on various projects. A horse rider in her spare time, Veronique is naturally concerned for the welfare of horses during the various stages of their lives. She has joined the Au-Delà Des Pistes team by volunteering her web and graphic design skills to the charity.

Zuzanna Lupa


Originally from Poland, Zuzanna studied animal sciences in her home country where she participated in an exchange programme with the USA and she discovered the famous Juddmonte operation. After having worked in the breeding industry in New Zealand, since 2010 Zuzanna has settled in France and she works as head of the broodmare band for the Haras de Saint-Pair. She is a passionate photographer and she has always been fascinated by photographing horses. She has been a professional photographer for the last two years.