Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Astier Nicolas

  • 52 - Quickly du Buguet


French rider Astier Nicolas (27), who is based near Calne in Wiltshire, last competed at Badminton in 2013 finishing 9th on his debut (Piaf de B’Neville).

Astier first rode aged five and encouraged by his mother joined the pony club and began competing ponies at the age of nine.

For six consecutive years from 2005 Astier was a member of the French Pony, Junior and Young Rider team to contest European Championships – he won two team bronze medals and in 2009 at the Young Rider Europeans, individual silver – and is the only French rider to have competed in pony, junior and young rider teams. He has also been the French national young rider champion. In 2011, he was 17th at Le Lion d’Angers in the World Championship for seven-year-old horses with Quickly du Buguet and was the highest placed French rider at Lumühlen CCI**** (18th) with Jhakti du Janlie (Jak), his first four-star competition.

In 2012 he graduated from Hartpury College (BSc Equine Science) and jumped to prominence in the UK when winning the 2012 British Under-25 championship at Bramham with Piaf.  He was long-listed for the French Olympic team and made his senior team debut in the 2013 European Championships at Malmo winning team bronze. In 2014 with Quickly du Buguet he won the three-star at Blair Castle.

Astier trains with Annabel Scrimgeour and Grant Wilson

He enjoys rugby and skiing

Quickly du Buguet, owned by Mrs Benedicte Nicolas is a 12-year-old French-bred registered Anglo Arab mare. She is by the showjumper Zandor Z out of an AA mare by the Arabian stallion Naswan and was acquired from the breeder as a four-year-old.




Quickly du Buguet

Anglo Arab, France, 2004
16.3hh, bay, mare

Sire Zandor Z

Dam Fourmie des Pins (Naswan)

Breeder Odile COTINET

Owner(s): Benedicte Nicolas, Balma, France

Notable Results

2015 – Pau CCI4* 1st Piaf de B’Neville, El Quickly du Buguet

2015 – Blenheim CIC3* 2nd Spes Addit’Or

2015 – Burgham CIC3* 9th Quickly du Buguet

2015 – Saumur CCI3* 2nd Piaf de B’Neville

2014 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st Quickly du Buguet

2014 – Aachen CICO3* 8th Piaf de B’Neville

2013 – Burghley CCI4* El Quickly du Buguet

2013 – Malmo CH-EU-CCI3* 24th Piaf de B’Neville (team bronze)

2013 – Bramham CCIU253* 3rd Quickly du Buguet

2012 – Blenheim CCI3* 20th Quickly du Buguet

2012 – Bramham CCIU253* 1st Piaf de B’Neville

2011 – Blenheim CIC3* 9th Piaf de B’Neville

2010 – Pardubice CH-EU-Y-C2* EL Jhakti du Janlie

2010 – Bramham CCIU253* 10th Jhakti du Janlie

2009 – Waregem CH-EU-Y-C2* 2nd Jhakti du Janlie

2008 – Kreuth CH-EU-Y-C2* 10th Jhakti du Janlie

2007 – Avanches CH-EU-J-C1* 5th Jhakti du Janlie

2006 – Necarne Castle CH-EU-J-1* 8th Jhakti du Janlie

2005 – Pratoni del Vivaro CH-EU-P-C2* 6th Java Bleue La Bree


2013 – 9th Piaf de B’Neville (first time)