for Vivaldi des Mullions, affection is worth more than two million euros


Olivier Robert, last Saturday during the Grand Prix Paris-Eiffel

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On a few hectares, his Haras des Mullions gathers 20 to 25 …

Olivier Robert, last Saturday during the Grand Prix Paris-Eiffel


Olivier Robert, last Saturday during the Grand Prix Paris-Eiffel

Jessica Rodrigues / Paris Eiffel Dancing

On a small scale, his Haras des Mullions brings together 20 to 25 horses and one star: Vivaldi des Mullions, who has stood out in the world of great show dancing with Olivier Robert (see opposite). In addition to her work as a freelance nurse and with her husband Christophe Guyonnet, a retired warden, Ms. Cougouille maintains the animal husbandry operation out of passion and pragmatism: “We are the animals. amateur racers, we couldn’t buy horses at 50 or 80,000 euros, so we decided to breed them ourselves. »

Olivier Robert is happy with Vivaldi at the end of their winning race at the 2021 Madrid Grand Prix


Olivier Robert is happy with Vivaldi at the end of their winning race at the 2021 Madrid Grand Prix

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And in the midst of all the ponies, one stood out, being “an incredible opportunity to make us live our dreams”, she marvels, to “introduce us to the world of 5-star competition”, the highest level in the world, added Mr. Guyonnet.

I already have a contact. I asked for 2 million, a bit high, discouraging.

It can be said from the very beginning, Valérie did not give lessons to other owners, who sold for large profits. “I am not saying that I will not sell for 2.5 million euros. In Aix-la-Chapelle (Editor’s note: in Germany, one of the “Meccas” of dance shows) I had a contact. I asked for 2 million, a bit high to discourage. I was offered to try it out by giving 1.5 million. I declined: if it is to see him jump the chain and end up with an offer of 750,000 euros, not worth it. »

She understands sales people, Madame Cougouille, even if she doesn’t look like them. “They are financiers, rich people. They trade, sell at the right time. Berlux, you have made a name for yourself in Tokyo, thanks to the driver Simon Delestre, but never before did not achieve high results. »

During competitions, owners stay in motels, traveling as VIP guests. For the nurse, it was the truck wheel, then the stable, because she was also Vivaldi’s groom. Others “are very passionate, they love their horses, but the relationship is not the same. »

Olivier Robert, Vivaldi and Valérie Cougouille happy after 6th place in the Grand Prix, their best result in 2022


Olivier Robert, Vivaldi and Valérie Cougouille happy after 6th place in the Grand Prix, their best result in 2022

Jessica Rodrigues / Paris Eiffel Dancing

Vivaldi, an incredible opportunity to make us live our dreams »

For Haras des Mullions, Vivaldi has been a good deal. His income makes it possible to “maintain and improve livestock, expanding it to five boxes. When the horse wins the sum of 100,000 euros for the win at the Madrid Grand Prix, you have to clear the taxes, from 5 to 20% depending on the competition, then the cost of transportation and accommodation. And on top of what’s left, we make 50-50 with Olivier Robert. »

The owner still sees that the Federation can help the owner more, she is waiting for the concrete results of a meeting held in early June in La Baule by the Federation with its partners.

On the slopes of the Saint-Caprais mountain, however, the wealth is still there. Tribute to Vivaldi came in 2009, two days after giving birth at the Conques veterinary clinic. In the pranks of this naughty pony. “His mother was bossy, all her ponies had to stay behind her. He couldn’t stay still, when we opened the box he jumped up and jumped in the wheelbarrow! He’s always funny, he likes to clown around and he’s very sensitive. The wealth is there, the beauty of her skirt flies among the orchards…

Vivaldi still lives on the stud farm, “I drive him to Pompignac, 15 km away when Olivier has to work with him, sometimes he comes here. We manage that, Olivier has ridden him since he was 7 years old, we build the horse together, quietly, he starts the biggest competitions, at 1.60m quite late. An osteopath told us one day: ”You have a Ferrari engine on a 2hp carcass”, before the horse matures at 11-12 years old. »

Veterinarian and breeder Serge Lenorman, who gave birth to it in Conques, knows the price of affection. He has a cadet born into his breeding, Croqsel de Blagnac, which is ridden by Aurélien Leroy. Ms Cougouille said: “He has a lot of offers, he is not going to sell. He told us: ”I’ve been raising horses for 50 years and I’ve never had one like this, I want to enjoy it! »

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