“We will keep the horses during training”

ParisTurf: What drove your decision to sell?

My wife is getting old. (Editor’s note: Christian 74 years old). Our children love horses and races but they are not ready to take over such a structure. In addition, we want to stop breeding operations. Our joy, apart from breeding, is going to the racecourses to see our horses run and share our emotions. However, in two years, because of Covid, we only went to Paris-Vincennes twice.

You are also the owner. How will the sequel be organized?

The transition will happen gradually. We sell all brood and chicks in September and we will take care of the chicks born in 2022 until next year before making a decision. We will train horses, about thirty.

Your breeding is a major factor in sprint races in France. How was it built and developed?

I have always been focused on sports and football, as a player and then as an educator, alongside my work as a dentist. With football friends, we have come to races from time to time. One day a patient’s friend asked me to accept payment for a prosthetic by selecting a pony from his breeding. It started it all. We rented land and started small. The meetings with Laurent Abrivard, then an apprentice to Gérard Mottier, in 1992 and later with Jean-Pierre Dubois were decisive.

How did the relationship with Laurent Abrivard develop?

Contact passed quickly. I said I would give him a horse when he was on his own. I quickly discovered his judgmental qualities. When he left Ulf Nordin, he called me. Atus of the Woods be the first before Bo de Lou and lots of great stuff. Laurent is a hard-working, highly capable employee who combines patience and persistence. I have a special relationship with him and the whole family.

What does Jean-Pierre represent?
Dubois for you?

I don’t know much about racing and even less about farming at the base. I learned on the job, by seeking information and listening to the advice of Jean-Pierre Dubois. With him, I got Aostane full Giesolo de Lou. With its sale and the meeting of Jean-Etienne Dubois, our operation changed. Thanks to them, we traveled all over Europe, had wonderful encounters. We were able to purchase Haras de Lou, very close to the Sées, on the advice of Jean-Etienne. The rivet was dormant for four years before it was developed over time.

In addition to over 700 wins as a breeder, covering forty-six groups, you also have the Real de Lou, an impromptu stallion…

I watched what others were doing in the field and I quickly understood that we had to take care of our stallion from the very first year of production. To support him, I have made choices that have paid off with the “D” generation, including Diana du Chateletand i bought Vandel’s Daida. By the end of their racing career, they had completed a flock of hens (about twenty). It was also during this period that we factored in several experts such as the Martens family, Aymeric Thomas, Anthony Dollion, Julien Foin, Jean-Philippe Raffegeau, Anthony Duperche and especially Julien Raffestin. Real de Lou achieved all his performances while being highly rated. This counts for crossbreeding. I also strongly believe in mother lines.

Where does the suffix “Lou” come from?

My wife calls me “Little Lou”. In addition, we have integrated this suffix to create a label, a claim and allow us to track our products.

Do you regret anything?

I just regret not booking Aostanemother of Giesolo de Louin Varenne like a stallion.

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