Gwendolen was born in Toulouse, in the South-West of France, in 1986 where she grew up and still lives today.
Although she was born into a sportive but non-equestrian family, she began riding at the age of five on Wednesday afternoons.
She started eventing on ponies at the age of 8. At 10 she took part in her first French ponies championships and won her first pony grand prix at 12. In 2002, she made a grand slam on the ponies grand-prix circuit, won the pony “Coupe de France” and became French ponies champion as well as French Junior champion. Pascal Leroy used to coach her at that time.
In 2006, at 20 years old, she was the youngest participant in the World Championships for 7-year old horses, finishing 13th with Leria du Ter. In 2007, Gwendolen with Leria du Ter became French young riders champion. Unfortunately, Leria was injured during the preparation phase and the couple was not able to take part in the European Young rider championships ( Bruno Bouvier trains her since 2004).
In 2008, Gwendolen went to her first CCI*** at Kruth, came 8th and won the cross-country.
In 2009, for her first 4-star event (amongst the biggest in the world), she has achieved in Pau an impressive debut. At 23 years old, as the competition's youngest rider, she ranked: 7th individually and 2nd by team with the French squad. Gwendolen and her mare won the cross-country test with the only one clear round of one of the top 6 competitions in the world. She also won the HSBC Trophy of the best “rookie” at this level of competition.
These performances are the result of a regular progression over the years and enable Gwendolen to set herself new goals today for the coming seasons.
Although determined to pursue a professional career in eventing, Gwendolen was encouraged by her family to gain further education. Having successfully achieved her BA in Economics & Management in 2009 Gwendolen pursues her studies and was admitted in the 1st year of a postgraduate business school, at ESC Grenoble (top 10 French business school).
On top of her studies she manages to dedicate significant time to training and competitions. Recently, Gwendolen passed her horse riding teaching diploma issued by the French Ministry of Sports. She also manages the new family stables : “Ecurie des Houarn”. In 2010, she signed the best performance of a French rider in a grand-slam event with a 6th place in the CCI**** in Pau.
In 2011, Gwendolen and Leria du Ter were short-listed by Laurent Bousquet (French team head coach) in the 9 best French eventing couples. Please note that Gwendolen is the youngest and the only girl of this list.
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–Short-listed by Laurent Bousquet (French team head coach) in the 9 best French eventing couples.
–6th in the CCI***** at Pau with Leria du Ter
–Best performance for a French rider on a grand-slam event in 2010
–Pre-selected for the World Equestrian Games in 2010
–10th at the French championships : Léria du Ter
–1st in the Pro 2 at Caucalières: Opera Fleuri –1st in the Pro 3 at Cognac : Opera Fleuri –1st Eventing 5years old at Vedene : Romantic Love
–7th in the CCI***** at Pau with Leria du Ter
–10th in the CIC*** at Barroca d'Alva (Portugal) with Leria du Ter
–25th in the CCI*** at Saumur (France) with Leria du Ter
–8th in the CCI*** at Kruth (Germany), 1st French rider – with Leria du Ter
–9th in the CIC*** at Barroca d'Alva (Portugal) with Leria du Ter
–French young riders champion with Leria du Ter
–Selected in the French team for the Young rider European championships
–1st in the CCCI ** at Dijon France with Leria du Ter
From 2002 to 2006
–2006 / 13th at the Young horse world championships» with Leria du Ter
–2004: Selected in the French team for the Junior European championships with Hotesse
–2003: Selected in the French team for the Junior European championships with : Day Nice
–2002: French junior champion with Day Nice
–2002: French Pony champion with Arius
The string of horses
Leria du Ter
–Mare / French Saddle Bred –12 years (1999) –by Veloce de Favi (AA) & Noceuse V (SFA) by Tamersale (PS)
–Gelding / French Saddle Bred –by Dollar du Murier*hauts de seine (SFA) & Gaelle Fleuri (SFA) by l'Esterel (PS) – 9 years (2002)
–Gelding / French Saddle Bred –6 years (2005) –by l'Arc de triomphe (OLD) & Sherlove ville (PS) by Shercame (PS)
Solinda de Soult
–Mare / Anglo-Arab –5 years (2006) –by Gral des Vernieres*hn (AA) & Mesange de soult (AA) by Gaverlys du Cercle (AA)
Soprano de l'Ouche*HN
–Stallion / Anglo-Arab –5 years (2006) –by Exocet de Ceran*HN (AA) and Dragone de l'Ouche (AA) by Pierre Cercle (AA)
–Gelding / KWPN –4 years (2007) –by Jackson and Zeddam