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Dominique Boeuf

He started his professional jockey career at 16 years old, and won several times the ‘Cravache d’Or’ (title for French flat racing Champion Jockey), Dominique Boeuf likes to say he was practically born in a stall. He has been riding on many racetracks, and has often been associated to the horses of one of the greatest French owner; Daniel Wildenstein. Dominique is now a showjumping rider, and analyses horserace information as a consultant for Equidia, thanks to his precious experience.

Hello Kim,

Over a year, I competed in 1400 races. I rode a lot, I didn't refuse any race. That's maybe why I retire early after 27 years, I was tired of it. I told myself that if I changed my method, by riding less horses and participate to less races, I wouldn't ride as well.

Dominique

Hello Charlotte,

It's a really strange feeling, we are very united but all 'ennemies' during the race. We have to defend owner's interests, but we celebrate the victory together.

On the racetrack, it's different, we don't put one another into troubles tactically, a good jockey knows which horses he needs to beat, we feel things.
Everything is done with a lot of intelligence and security.

There are errors sometimes, but it's never on purpose.

Dominique

Hello Kim,

I think it's quite the same everywhere. The height is in England, it's very different, english races history is in the school books, it's like football in this country. It's a big advantage. It's a pity that it's not the same in France, but we have many beautiful races.

Dominique

Hello Hang,

No I never lost my confidence after a bad fall, because I've been falling since I'm very young so I'm used to it!

But I fell, of course, a flat racing jockey will at least fall between 3 and 5 times a year, during races and trainings. For a jump racing jockey, it's one fall every 10 races!

We have an insurance, we have medical checks up,...
The problem is that jockeys don't take enough time to recover.

Dominique

Hello Lauren,

I was closer to my trainer than to my owners, you need to have a real complicity with your trainer.

The trainer handles the relational part with the owners. That's maybe why I don't have a lot of contacts, I only had a few owners.

Dominique

Hello Melinda,

The race that gave me the most emotions was in Hong Kong: the Hong Kong Vase. I won with Vallée Enchantée. It was a little mare, she was only 881 lbs, and everybody was making fun of me during trainings. But, they weren't laughing anymore when I beat them!

Every race is linked to a horse.

I loved this mare, in the way you had to ride her, by asking just on effort in a race. But their owners gave her to another jockey when they asked me to ride her in a different way, and it didn't work.

Dominique

Hello,

I still make mistakes, I am not a professional of showjumping so I compete in 120/125cm classes, in 1* CSI I would do the 115/120cm classes. I love to win and to have great results, so I don't like to ride in the same classes as professionals. When I bought my mare, Unesca, she had more profit than participations, and I want it to be the same at the end of her career.
I love a circuit in France, the Amateur Gold Tour, but for 2 years, I can't do the finals because I comment the Breeder's Cup on @equidia.

My next shows will be in Deauville, then the Longines Global Champions Tour of Paris, at the Eiffel Tower, and Chantilly.

Showjumping is as fun and thrilling as races!

Dominique

Hello Catherine,

I love AQPS (a French designation for horses who has one parent not listed in the Thoroughbred stud book and almost always applies to those horses with Selle Français breeding in the dam line), I did 90% of my races with thoroughbred but I love AQPS.
I was kind of the 'AQPS expert', when a owner had a good one, he called me. But breeds evolved a lot, and now Anglo-Arab are nice to ride too.
Now, my two show horses are Selle Français.

Dominique

Hello KF,

My two show jumping horses are Selle Français. I started with an off the track thoroughbred, who was very big and strong, but also lymphatic ;-).

In 6 months, he went from a races stabble to a 115cm showjumping classes. He had his time-off with my daughter but as soon as she started working with him, they didn't get along anymore.

I was invited to the Jumping of Bordeaux, so I rent a mare for the show, a Selle Français named Olga, and it was love at first sight! My daughter tried her, it went well so I bought her.

I also called @eugenieangot who found another Selle Français mare, Unesca. I liked her but her vet check wasn't good, so I tried other horses, but I didn't have any crushes. Finally, I bought Unesca, and the only problem she had was her horseshoes!

Dominique

Hello JK,

My father was a jockey, then a trainer, I started riding on ponies then on horses almost everyday at 4 years old. I had to wait to be 14 to enter to the jockey school. I like to say that I was a born in a stall. I was more in the stabbles than in school.

To start working on racetracks, you may have to approach the institution handling races in your country. For example, in France, we have France Galop. Or you can ask the racetracks directly, they are often looking for volunteers on little racetracks in the country side.

I don't know anything about bets. I know that there's a win, place, show...
Don't ask me to bet, I don't know how to do it ;-)

I sometimes play with my friends to add some fun to a day but that's it. I understand that people likes to play, it's thrilling!

Dominique