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Always more medals !!


Sports achievements:

- Team Gold Medal in Rio Olympic Games - Silver Individual Medal in Rio (2016)


- Winner of 5* Pau Horse Trials (highest level in Eventing)


- World Champion 20217

- Under 25 World Champion in 2012

- 23 Medals at international championship

- French Team member since 2005

- Numerous wins at international events 5*/4 *

- Included in the Olympic Group for Paris 2024


His Story 

Astier Nicolas began riding at the age of 7 at the Seillonne pony club, near Toulouse. His mother, passionate about horses, having registered his 5 children.

He started competing at around 10 years old. From the age of 15, he joined the French pony eventing team and distinguished himself
with Java Bleue La Brée. To date, he is still the only French rider to have participated, within the French Team, in European Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders European Championships for 6 consecutive years. Astier gets numerous medals in Juniors and Young Riders. With the Selle Français Jhakti du Janlie, he takes part in his first CCI 5 *.


In 2009, Astier welcomed Piaf de B'Neville to his stables, which belongs to the first owners' union in France created by the rider. After a year of transition in 2010, Astier enters the Seniors category.

Having become a professional, he moved to England for the 2011 season at Hartpury, where he also followed a BA in Equine Management. In 2012, he returned to Normandy and obtained the title of World Champion under 25 and the medal of
bronze at Bramham Horse Trial before leaving for England where he rents out boxes in Nick Gauntlett's stable, international rider.

In 2013, after finishing 9th in the legendary CCI 5 * Badminton (GBR) with Piaf de B'Neville, he joined the French team Seniors for the first time and won the bronze medal at the European Championship in Malmö (Sweden). In 2014, he participated
at CICO 4 * in Aachen (GER) with Piaf de B'Neville where he finished 3rd in team and 8th in individual. With Quickly from Buguet, he won the CCI 4 * from Blair Castle (GBR).

In 2015, Astier and Piaf de B'Neville offered a historic victory in the CCI 5 * in Pau.

In 2016, the couple was selected to the French team to participate in the Rio Olympic Games. August 9, after four days of intense competition, the french won the team gold medal. Astier Nicolas and Piaf de B'Neville also offer themselves the Silver Medal in individual.
After the Olympic Games, Astier Nicolas returns to France where he sets up his stables near Deauville and develops his stake horses thanks to the trust of several french and international owners.

In 2017, he won the 7-year-old World Horse Championship at the Lion d'Angers with Alertamalib'Or. Alongside that, he is preparing one of his other horses, Vinci de la Vigne, for high-level international deadlines. In two seasons, Vinci
de la Vigne will continue to stand out, especially during the 5 most beautiful world competitions in the all-around competition, including one
seventh place at the World Equestrian Games, when he was only 9 years old!

Today, Astier Nicolas has an impressive stake of young and talented horses intended to compete to go look for new medals in the next three Olympics. The next games in 2020 in Tokyo can already count on the recent qualification of Babylon de Gamma which has accumulated a series of international participations including a victory
at the renowned CCI4 * S at Blair Castle.

At just 30 years old, Astier Nicolas acquired his former glory within the French Team of which he is today one of the essential pillars, both by his sporting performance and by the respect for the values ​​of sport and the team spirit that he illustrates with
brilliantly. He is also supported by a public committed to him, always more fond of his sporting exploits and his undeniable loyalty to his image as a horse man.

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