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In Brief: Julien Lafaure from France

When talking to Julien Lafaure (26) for an In Brief makes you realise that we are dealing with an extraordinary rider.
His father, Jean Noel Lafaure, is also the breeder of all their horses.

Jean Noel’s big passion is horses but he also owns a stone quarry in Dordogne, France (www.lafaure.fr),
His sister Morgane is 20 years old and is working at family stable training horses.
Brother Roman is 23 years old and studying in business school.
Julien finished his business studies a few months ago and is currently working in his father’s company and at the stable.
The family is located in the south west of France, between Bordeaux and Toulouse close to a little town Monpazier. It’s in Monpazier than every year they organize one of the biggest races in France on last weekend of August, each year with more than 300 starters.

When did you start riding?

We all began riding at a very young age, I think we did our first race when we were six or seven years old

Looking at the palmares it is clear that riding does run in the family.
Riding was and will always be a family happening for us. Even more because we don’t just ride together, but we ride horses from our breeding. We are thankful to our father who built this amazing breeding facility. He is the person who made it all possible. It’s because of his choice and how he transmitted his passion.

Why endurance?

Our father was already riding endurance, so it was very obvious for us to also become endurance riders.

I believe the answer is clear on the next question, riding own horses or ride for somebody else?

As I say, only on a rare exception, we always ride horses originated from our breeding that my father started 25 years ago.
We train ourselves but that’s not always easy with the studies. We are lucky to have two wonderful people, Jennifer Cartier and Laetitia Glinel, who are working for us all the year and are doing an amazing job!

What else do you enjoy?

During winter, off season, my brother and I play football with all our school friends, and this permits us to keep in good shape and be ready when the season begins. We have been playing football for maybe 20 years. My sister is playing basketball. But with our big breeding farm, we spend a lot of our time looking after all our horses.

Talk a bit more about your facilities.

Just a few days ago we finished building a new stable. We only used to have five boxes and now there are twelve new ones which was necessary to be in the best conditions for what we do. We have one walk machine and a canter track at home. We also benefit of a very good sand and soil track outside. The breeding farm is around 200 ha.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I would like to share two moments. The first one, was at the World Championship for young riders in Tarbes (France), when my sister and my brother were both in the French team. There was a big pressure for all our team, because many people like to talk and were jealous as two family members were in the team. But when they arrived, hand to hand, holding the French flag in sixth and seventh place plus the gold medal by team, with Petra Cabirat and Rhial Cabirat, two horses coming from our breeding was something than you cannot describe.
The second moment was last year in Samorin (Slovakia). It was my third championship with the senior team after being eliminated in Malaysia and in the Check Republic.
So, these was also a big pressure on me, and again also for our team. Everything went perfect during this day with Sherazade Cabirat, another horse from our breeding and the silver medal by team was just something very special. Finishing for the first time, representing France was very intense for me. I hope it’s just the beginning.

What are the keys to your success?

I think the key of our success is our wonderful team. All people who are working with in our stable are part of this success. Jennifer and Laetitia are very competent on working with the horses and besides that we have a very good farrier, vet, and osteopath too. My father did and still does a very good job for choosing mare and stallion to give us all those good horses. Finally, I use my race experience on all of this to make the best possible training and continue to improve our stable.

What would be your ultimate achievement or did you reach that already?

For me the ultimate achievement will be to participate in the Olympic Games. But unfortunately, the endurance competition itself is still far away to be included.

What is your biggest challenge, and how do you manage this?

My principal challenge is to keep all those good results in long term, because it’s easier to get to the top than to stay on it. I’m working to be better every day and to keep my stable on top level.

What do you believe differentiates you from your competitors?

I think our strength is we are breeding and training our horses. Most people breed or train, but don’t do both. Moreover, we are a family run stable.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

When I was younger I had the chance to have very good horses and be with all best French riders. That was an excellent opportunity because if you want to learn endurance, you can’t do it on your own, you have to see how best riders do it. I spent some time at Virginie Atger’s, Philippe Tomas’ and Jean Philippe Frances’ stables who are for me the three best riders in France. I learned a lot and now I’m trying to do it my own way.

What importance does the coaching staff have?

In my case, it’s family coaching. In the past, my father used to help me, but now it’s me who’s coaching my sister, my brother and other riders who ride for me. I am also Coach of Aquitaine Team for young riders with my father during the French championship for young rider and we were French Champions by region last time. I love riding of course, but I also love to crew.

What are the conditions for maintaining your funding?

Because in endurance we don’t have any price money and because we only have our own horses, we must sell horses.

Endurance World Julien Lafaure ready for the next loopIs it the sheer nature of competition that drives you or the love of the game, or the pure social aspect of being with friends?

I think it’s a mix of all those things. I love sports in general and when I play I always give my best. I was born in an endurance environment, so I always give my best.

What is your plan and how will you make it happen?

Endurance is a very hard sport, and like I said before it’s very complicated to stay on the top. I always try to improve my stable. It is not because everything is fine and because we have good results than I will stop looking for better results. The global endurance level in France grows every year, so even for a big stable like ours, we have to move on to stay on top of the game and continue to be competitive also internationally when you see how many new countries begin to perform on a high level.

What are your main motivations for doing sports?

I think it’s the pleasure. I love endurance, my father loves it, my brother and sister too and most of the people around me love it. And in our case, we are riding horses we saw being born and growing up and that is something amazing.

Which areas do you feel you need to improve?

Like mentioned before we should always improve, because everybody improves and you have to keep an advantage to stay on the top. Endurance begins to be very precise, I mean the farrier has to be more perfect, nutrition is very important and the training has to be adjusted every time.

Facebook: Julien Lafaure

FEI Profile: Julien Lafaure

Photo Credit: Suzanne photos


Palmares

2016RiderPosition   
CEIOJ2* FontainebleauMorgane3 rd
CEI3* FontainebleauRoman5 th
CEI2* UzèsJulien2 nd
CEI3* LignieresJulien7 th
CEI2* LignièresJulien5 th
CEI3* ArgentanJulien4 th . National Championship
CEN1* Loubes BernacRoman1 st
CEI2* LignièresMorgane3 rd . National Championship Young Riders, Team Silver
CEI3* MonpazierJulien5 th
CEI3* MonpazierRoman4 th
CEI3* Samorin (SVK)Julien14 th . World Championship, Team Silver
CEI2* FontainebleauJulien1 st
CEI2* PonchateauRoman2 nd
CEI3* Barcelona (ESP)Roman2 nd
2015RiderPosition
CEI2* FontainebleauJulien2 nd
CEI2* FontainebleauMorgane7 th
CEI2* UzèsJulien3 rd
CEI1* UzèsRoman2 nd
CEI3* RambouilletRoman5 th
CEI3* RambouilletMorgane10 th
CEI2* ArgentanRoman5 th . National Championship
CEN1* Loubes BernacJulien4 th
CEN1* LoubejacJulien1 st
CEI2* LignièresRoman5 th
CEI2* CompiègneJulien6 th
CEI2* LignièresRoman3 rd . National Championship Young Riders, Team Silver
CEI2* LignièresMorgane12 th . National Championship Young Riders, Team Silver
CEI2* MonpazierJulien1 st
CEI3* MonpazierRoman4 th
CEI2* (2x70km) MonpazierJulien1 st
CEI3* FontainebleauJulien5 th
CEI2* FontainebleauRoman2 nd
CEI2* TartasMorgane6 th
CEI1* TartasRoman5 th
2014RiderPosition
CEI3* Abu Dhabi (UAE)Roman25 th
CEI3* Abu Dhabi (UAE)Morgane26 th
CEI1* CastelsagratJulien2 nd
CEI2* CastelsagratJulien3 rd . National Championship
CEI2* FontainebleauMorgane10 th
CEI3* FontainebleauRoman10 th
CEI2* MonpazierJulien2 nd
CEI2* MonpazierMorgane9 th
CEI1* Villeneuve de rivièreRoman7 th
CEN1* CastillonnesRoman4 th
CEN1* CastillonnesJulien3 rd
CEI2* LignièresJulien5 th
CEI2* LignièresRoman8 th . National Championship Young Riders
CEI1* MonpazierJulien7 th
CEI3* FloracJulien7 th
CEI2* Barcelona (ESP)Julien2 nd
2013RiderPosition
CEI2* FontainebleauRoman1 st
CEI3* FontainebleauJulien1 st
CEI2* FontainebleauMorgane7 th
CEI2* DuranceJulien6 th
CEI1* DuranceJulien2 nd
CEI3* RambouilletJulien4 th
CEI2* CastelsagratRoman6 th
CEI2* CastelsagratJulien5 th
CEI2* CastelsagratMorgane8 th
CEI2* TarbesRoman6 th . World Championship Juniors, Team Gold
CEI2* TarbesMorgane7 th . World Championship Juniors, Team Gold
CEI2* CorlayJulien7 th . Team Gold
CEI3* Most (SVK)JulienEuropean Championship. Part of Senior National Team
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In Brief: Julien Lafaure from France

When talking to Julien Lafaure (26) for an In Brief makes you realise that we are dealing with an extraordinary rider.
His father, Jean Noel Lafaure, is also the breeder of all their horses.

Jean Noel’s big passion is horses but he also owns a stone quarry in Dordogne, France (www.lafaure.fr),
His sister Morgane is 20 years old and is working at family stable training horses.
Brother Roman is 23 years old and studying in business school.
Julien finished his business studies a few months ago and is currently working in his father’s company and at the stable.
The family is located in the south west of France, between Bordeaux and Toulouse close to a little town Monpazier. It’s in Monpazier than every year they organize one of the biggest races in France on last weekend of August, each year with more than 300 starters.

When did you start riding?

We all began riding at a very young age, I think we did our first race when we were six or seven years old

Looking at the palmares it is clear that riding does run in the family.
Riding was and will always be a family happening for us. Even more because we don’t just ride together, but we ride horses from our breeding. We are thankful to our father who built this amazing breeding facility. He is the person who made it all possible. It’s because of his choice and how he transmitted his passion.

Why endurance?

Our father was already riding endurance, so it was very obvious for us to also become endurance riders.

I believe the answer is clear on the next question, riding own horses or ride for somebody else?

As I say, only on a rare exception, we always ride horses originated from our breeding that my father started 25 years ago.
We train ourselves but that’s not always easy with the studies. We are lucky to have two wonderful people, Jennifer Cartier and Laetitia Glinel, who are working for us all the year and are doing an amazing job!

What else do you enjoy?

During winter, off season, my brother and I play football with all our school friends, and this permits us to keep in good shape and be ready when the season begins. We have been playing football for maybe 20 years. My sister is playing basketball. But with our big breeding farm, we spend a lot of our time looking after all our horses.

Talk a bit more about your facilities.

Just a few days ago we finished building a new stable. We only used to have five boxes and now there are twelve new ones which was necessary to be in the best conditions for what we do. We have one walk machine and a canter track at home. We also benefit of a very good sand and soil track outside. The breeding farm is around 200 ha.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I would like to share two moments. The first one, was at the World Championship for young riders in Tarbes (France), when my sister and my brother were both in the French team. There was a big pressure for all our team, because many people like to talk and were jealous as two family members were in the team. But when they arrived, hand to hand, holding the French flag in sixth and seventh place plus the gold medal by team, with Petra Cabirat and Rhial Cabirat, two horses coming from our breeding was something than you cannot describe.
The second moment was last year in Samorin (Slovakia). It was my third championship with the senior team after being eliminated in Malaysia and in the Check Republic.
So, these was also a big pressure on me, and again also for our team. Everything went perfect during this day with Sherazade Cabirat, another horse from our breeding and the silver medal by team was just something very special. Finishing for the first time, representing France was very intense for me. I hope it’s just the beginning.

What are the keys to your success?

I think the key of our success is our wonderful team. All people who are working with in our stable are part of this success. Jennifer and Laetitia are very competent on working with the horses and besides that we have a very good farrier, vet, and osteopath too. My father did and still does a very good job for choosing mare and stallion to give us all those good horses. Finally, I use my race experience on all of this to make the best possible training and continue to improve our stable.

What would be your ultimate achievement or did you reach that already?

For me the ultimate achievement will be to participate in the Olympic Games. But unfortunately, the endurance competition itself is still far away to be included.

What is your biggest challenge, and how do you manage this?

My principal challenge is to keep all those good results in long term, because it’s easier to get to the top than to stay on it. I’m working to be better every day and to keep my stable on top level.

What do you believe differentiates you from your competitors?

I think our strength is we are breeding and training our horses. Most people breed or train, but don’t do both. Moreover, we are a family run stable.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

When I was younger I had the chance to have very good horses and be with all best French riders. That was an excellent opportunity because if you want to learn endurance, you can’t do it on your own, you have to see how best riders do it. I spent some time at Virginie Atger’s, Philippe Tomas’ and Jean Philippe Frances’ stables who are for me the three best riders in France. I learned a lot and now I’m trying to do it my own way.

What importance does the coaching staff have?

In my case, it’s family coaching. In the past, my father used to help me, but now it’s me who’s coaching my sister, my brother and other riders who ride for me. I am also Coach of Aquitaine Team for young riders with my father during the French championship for young rider and we were French Champions by region last time. I love riding of course, but I also love to crew.

What are the conditions for maintaining your funding?

Because in endurance we don’t have any price money and because we only have our own horses, we must sell horses.

Endurance World Julien Lafaure ready for the next loopIs it the sheer nature of competition that drives you or the love of the game, or the pure social aspect of being with friends?

I think it’s a mix of all those things. I love sports in general and when I play I always give my best. I was born in an endurance environment, so I always give my best.

What is your plan and how will you make it happen?

Endurance is a very hard sport, and like I said before it’s very complicated to stay on the top. I always try to improve my stable. It is not because everything is fine and because we have good results than I will stop looking for better results. The global endurance level in France grows every year, so even for a big stable like ours, we have to move on to stay on top of the game and continue to be competitive also internationally when you see how many new countries begin to perform on a high level.

What are your main motivations for doing sports?

I think it’s the pleasure. I love endurance, my father loves it, my brother and sister too and most of the people around me love it. And in our case, we are riding horses we saw being born and growing up and that is something amazing.

Which areas do you feel you need to improve?

Like mentioned before we should always improve, because everybody improves and you have to keep an advantage to stay on the top. Endurance begins to be very precise, I mean the farrier has to be more perfect, nutrition is very important and the training has to be adjusted every time.

Facebook: Julien Lafaure

FEI Profile: Julien Lafaure

Photo Credit: Suzanne photos


Palmares

2016RiderPosition   
CEIOJ2* FontainebleauMorgane3 rd
CEI3* FontainebleauRoman5 th
CEI2* UzèsJulien2 nd
CEI3* LignieresJulien7 th
CEI2* LignièresJulien5 th
CEI3* ArgentanJulien4 th . National Championship
CEN1* Loubes BernacRoman1 st
CEI2* LignièresMorgane3 rd . National Championship Young Riders, Team Silver
CEI3* MonpazierJulien5 th
CEI3* MonpazierRoman4 th
CEI3* Samorin (SVK)Julien14 th . World Championship, Team Silver
CEI2* FontainebleauJulien1 st
CEI2* PonchateauRoman2 nd
CEI3* Barcelona (ESP)Roman2 nd
2015RiderPosition
CEI2* FontainebleauJulien2 nd
CEI2* FontainebleauMorgane7 th
CEI2* UzèsJulien3 rd
CEI1* UzèsRoman2 nd
CEI3* RambouilletRoman5 th
CEI3* RambouilletMorgane10 th
CEI2* ArgentanRoman5 th . National Championship
CEN1* Loubes BernacJulien4 th
CEN1* LoubejacJulien1 st
CEI2* LignièresRoman5 th
CEI2* CompiègneJulien6 th
CEI2* LignièresRoman3 rd . National Championship Young Riders, Team Silver
CEI2* LignièresMorgane12 th . National Championship Young Riders, Team Silver
CEI2* MonpazierJulien1 st
CEI3* MonpazierRoman4 th
CEI2* (2x70km) MonpazierJulien1 st
CEI3* FontainebleauJulien5 th
CEI2* FontainebleauRoman2 nd
CEI2* TartasMorgane6 th
CEI1* TartasRoman5 th
2014RiderPosition
CEI3* Abu Dhabi (UAE)Roman25 th
CEI3* Abu Dhabi (UAE)Morgane26 th
CEI1* CastelsagratJulien2 nd
CEI2* CastelsagratJulien3 rd . National Championship
CEI2* FontainebleauMorgane10 th
CEI3* FontainebleauRoman10 th
CEI2* MonpazierJulien2 nd
CEI2* MonpazierMorgane9 th
CEI1* Villeneuve de rivièreRoman7 th
CEN1* CastillonnesRoman4 th
CEN1* CastillonnesJulien3 rd
CEI2* LignièresJulien5 th
CEI2* LignièresRoman8 th . National Championship Young Riders
CEI1* MonpazierJulien7 th
CEI3* FloracJulien7 th
CEI2* Barcelona (ESP)Julien2 nd
2013RiderPosition
CEI2* FontainebleauRoman1 st
CEI3* FontainebleauJulien1 st
CEI2* FontainebleauMorgane7 th
CEI2* DuranceJulien6 th
CEI1* DuranceJulien2 nd
CEI3* RambouilletJulien4 th
CEI2* CastelsagratRoman6 th
CEI2* CastelsagratJulien5 th
CEI2* CastelsagratMorgane8 th
CEI2* TarbesRoman6 th . World Championship Juniors, Team Gold
CEI2* TarbesMorgane7 th . World Championship Juniors, Team Gold
CEI2* CorlayJulien7 th . Team Gold
CEI3* Most (SVK)JulienEuropean Championship. Part of Senior National Team

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