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Astier Nicolas

For the first event of our series of ASK with Equitheme, the brand brings you closer to its ambassador, double olympic Champion in Rio, Astier Nicolas Eventing. 29 years old, recognized for his calm, simplicity and authenticity, Astier immersed himself very young into the adventure of high level. He participated successively to 6 European Youth Championships, packed his suitcases for England for several years, and won the title of World Champion U25. All these adventures intertwined with TV sets and photo shoots for Givenchy...

Hello Ana,

I admit that I’m not really stressed because I don’t focus on the objective which would more likely pressure me. I stay focus on the course, the technique, my horse and on what I have to do.

Astier

Hello Ian,

First of all, there are more horses, more riders and more business in jumping. Eventing is late in comparison to jumping, especially as they revolutionized the international circuit with the Global Champions Tour for example. There is a lot of money to earn in these kind of circuit, which allows riders to earn their living by showing, so horses have more value. This is also a discipline with more sponsors and visibility, indeed covering a show jumping only requires 3-4 cameras, whereas covering a crosscountry requires much more (at least 8 ) so it’s less broadcasted, so less visible and there are less sponsors.
Because of this, a jumping horse has more value than an eventing horse. However, this is not why a very good eventing horse is more rare. An eventing horse is not a dressage or jumping horse that is less good, but a horse who is good at everything. They are real athletes who, luckily for us, are not yet inaccessible!

Astier

Hello Stanley,

Equithème doesn't have a special collection for eventing for now but maybe it will come. We will let you know !

Astier

Hello Scott,

We are close to steeplechase but we don’t use the same precise techniques. Indeed, during steeplechase races, the effort is long just like on a crosscountry course. However, it’s still different because during a crosscountry we have to speed up, rebalance then speed up again, we have more technique and slowing down.

Astier

Hello Elliott,

William aroused his concerns which are quite concrete and he’s not wrong by saying it! It’s quite scary and it’s kind of a bleak picture that he described! (modifié)
Doing showjumping is a pleasure, but doing indoor eventing is not the same thing. For sure, eventing is difficult to organize but it has already been transformed with the new format in the 2000s. However, we have to control this evolution in order to don’t loose the ‘nature’ aspect of eventing.

Astier

Hello Amber,

I never really considered doing something else ! I think I've always been destined to work with horses. When I was a child I liked the sea world but I never had something precise in mind.

Astier

Hello Ben,

My main motivation is working daily with my horse and the pleasure I have to do it. But also going to show and of course win these shows!

Astier

Hello Levis,

It’s a good thing to minimize risks but we saw some excess with table that blend for example, it sometimes become outdoor jumping. I think that we need to keep fixed fences because horses respect them. Sometimes, some riders look at an average horse during the jumping course and tell me “it must be dangerous in eventing!” but you have to keep in mind that a jumper that’s not really good can be a very good crosscountry horse.
Indeed, horses have the advangtage, compared to a machine, to be aware of danger. They know that fences are fixed and they manage to don’t fall, and if they do it’s mostly the rider’s fault!
In steeplechase, horses don’t fall when the jockey fell and they jumped alone! Some good things had been done for safety but there are also mistakes like riders who go on a crosscountry course but are not educated for that. Indeed, the qualifiers allow riders that are not experienced enough to the higher level. In Ireland, they have a statistics society giving information on every couples, for example how that horse react on this course, if this rider already fell from this horse etc.
Entries can be refused to some riders, depending on theses statistics. If there are too many falls for a couple, the rider can follow lessons with a professional provided by the Irish Federation.

Astier

Hello James,

With my experience, I think, a crosscountry horse can be ready for big shows like the Olympics from 9 years old.

Astier

Hello Jack,

I think the only way to know it is ti feel it when you ride the horse. The best way is even to go to a show with this horse ! Good luck :-)

Astier