ASK Pierre-Henri Ngoumou : How have you begun your breeding activity (installations, strains, organisation..)?

Hello Adeline,

I began breeding polo horses in 2006, I chose to stop my law studies to become a professional polo player. My father played polo as an amateur, he owned 7 polo mares who were around 13 and 14 years old. They were the beginning of the breedinf: I sold one to buy 8 English Thoroughbreds to school them, I kept 4 to play and dedicated 2 to foaling. Ten years ago, I had only those 7 mares. My parents had 20 hecatres in Normandy, I decided to install my stable there to school polo horses. Thanks to my parents I’ve built an outdoor arena, a field to train and around 15 boxes. In 2008, the number of horses was around 60.
In 2012, when we had more than 150 horses (foals, young horses, rental horses, competition horses) I bought a stud farm near Lisieux, the Haras du Houlley. It had been abandoned during almost 30 years, there were only 24 boxes and abandoned buildings.
Today in 2016, the stud farm counts 140 boxes, an inside arena, an outdoor arena, a polo field, a walker and paddocks, the track is in building. Those infrastructures and my hard working team helped me to breed and train horses in the best ways possible.
About the organisation, I don’t have a magic wand yet lol. I try to inspire myself from other disciplines such as jumping to learn precision, methodology, and well-being for the horse. I’m working on it! I have to confess that during my frequent travels it’s not easy to make things as well as I would like to… But I’m not loosing my faith!
I hope that I’ve answered to your question in the right way.

PH
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