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Alexandra Paillot

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HORSERIDER – SHOWJUMPING

Last September, Alexandra became the first women in the History to win the precious France Pro Elite Championships with Polias de Blondel* Val Henry. An amazing achievement for this discrete rider who aspires to greater things for the future. December 2015, Alexandra and Polias were qualified for the Longines Masters of Paris’s Grand Prix jump-off. Waiting to enter the main arena, Alexandra pays extreme attention to the last precious advice of the Olympic champion Eric Lamaze, with whom she worked for four years and who has since always kept a keen eye on her. This tiny woman has now step a foot into the top sport level.

Alexandra, light as a feather, has to control her powerful 12 y-old gelding between fences. She has developed a classical and feminine horse riding style, as well as a strong trusting relationship with her horse through long hours of training during which she has established vocal codes to compensate for her lack of physical strength. In her pursuit of performance at top level, Alexandra can count on the support of Hermès, a partner that shares her values of love and respect of the horse, as well as the seek of the excellence in sport. After a promising season, significant results and a title that placed her under the spotlights, the 27 y-old rider enjoys this chance of taking part of the world’s best 5* competitions among the champions of the discipline. All this to gain experience and train a horse team able to perform at the world’s France team major events to come. In order to do so, Alexandra spends a large part of the year in her stables of Wellington, Florida, especially during the Winter Equestrian Festival, a three-month tour in great quality infrastructures to compete at top level and prepare her horses to the outdoor season. Alexandra now dreams of being part of the French team events in Europe, as the CSIO in La Baule but also the Jumping International de Chantilly she represents as an ambassador, next May. France will also have a part to play at the indoor winter competitions on the East Cost of the USA, especially in World Cup events.

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RBpresse / Jessica Rodrigues

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RBpresse / Jessica Rodrigues