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Romain Depons

His family has created Horseball as we know it today, Romain Depons is immersed in this universe since his childhood. Player of the mythical Bordeaux Blanzac Horse-Ball Club, he cultivates the spirit of a sporting gentleman, passed down from generation to generation. 3 world champion’s titles, 9 European champion’s titles, thus adding to 15 French Champion’s titles…Sport’s idole, his excellent vision of the game and his federative spirit led him to the captain’s position of the French team. In parallel, Romain is the chief executive of Dassault Wine Estates.

Hello Emily,

We adapt our lifestyle.

We work our horses everyday, but we are amateurs, our professional life comes first and we work our horses at the end of the day.

Romain

Hello Alexia,

During the last 2016 World Cup, we saw Brazil, the US, Japan, Australia, Algeria...
Horseball is more or less developed but it exists!

Romain

Hello Maddy,

For me, it is better to be a rider first, and even essential.
A footballer needs to control his legs, and the rider has to control his horse's legs.

During a game, it is an 'urgent' riding, the rider's actions have to be applied by the horse as fast as possible, to have the best movements possible, so that you can enter in the team game.

Romain

Hello Kim,

Horseball is a team sport, very quick and direct: you can't keep the ball more than 10 seconds, you have to pass the ball to 3 different players...

The format allows a closer action, the crowd participate to the game.

The fact that it is a ball and team game can help riding center to encourage boys to keep riding, you play with your friends, it is a good way to build a younger and more masculine axis.

Romain

Hello Kim,

Horseball is a team sport, very quick and direct: you can't keep the ball more than 10 seconds, you have to pass the ball to 3 different players...

The format allows a closer action, the crowd participate to the game.

The fact that it is a ball and team game can help riding center to encourage boys to keep riding, you play with your friends, it is a good way to build a younger and more masculine axis.

Romain

Hello Tessy,

The half-time lasts 3 minutes, and time out can be asked (30 seconds), the players dismount and talk with one another. Horses are walked to they can recover and their hear rate slows down.

If it is hot, we can wet our horses.

This short recovery time allows them to breath before starting the last 10 minutes.

Romain

Hello Amy,

It is different because in the team we play in all year long, it is a daily cohesion training, we know each others and we set up strategies.

With a national selection, first it is very rewarding because we play among the best players of our country. We will be with players of new horizons, and we have less time to train with together and create a cohesion.
We aren't able to work as much as in our club, and we have to set up a very good game.

Romain

Hello Melinda,

Horseball as we know it today is more developed in France. Championships first developed in France, this discipline was born there and then developed in other countries 10 years after its beginnings in France.

In 40 years, the discipline has developed but the journey is still very long for it to settle in other countries.

Romain

Hello Will,

It is a large program :-)

It is the difficulty with horseball, there is the horse part but also the rider, the ball individual training but also the team training. So when we add all of these factors, we sometimes have a lack of time!

1 - The horse will be trained with dressage work to improve his halt, to step back, to turn faster...

2 - We work on endurance and breath: trail riding, cantering...

3 - The lunge part for stretchings.

4 - The individual work with the ball: picking it, defense...

5 - The team training where we work on specific parts: defense, attack...

6 - A calmer day for recovery

Romain

Hello Lauren,

The ideal horseball horse is, for me, between 1m60 and 1m65, handy, tonic, reactive and with a little speed.

When we are looking among thoroughbreds, they naturally have that speed, so we work on their handiness with dressage work with stretching...
We need a good preparation work, with a lot of flat work so they have a good back for example.

Today, there is no perfect breed for horseball, the discipline is too young for that, so we work with thoroughbred because it is easier, and they are cheaper in particular when they are off the track thoroughbreds.

On the contrary, with Iberian horses, we have the handiness and we want them to have a better speed.

Romain