French rider Gwendolen Fer (30) was third at Bramham last year (Romantic Love) and rode as an individual for France at the European Championships at Blair Castle. She last competed at Badminton in 2011 – but did not complete.
Gwendolen is a professional rider, stable manager and trainer based in the south of France between Toulouse and Montpelier. She has ridden since a child and aged 16 was the French Junior Champion (Day Nice) and three years later the French Young Rider Champion with Leria du Ter with who she made her Badminton debut. The pair completed Burghley the following year.
With Leria du Ter who she acquired as a five-year-old, she enjoyed success at Pau, her local four-star event. In 2009 she was ninth and won the HSBC training grant and in 2010 was sixth jumping clear cross country with a broken breastplate and a clear round show jumping despite torrential rain.
Gwendolen’s partner Maxime Chataigner is an Olympic skater in short track and was world number one in 2011.
Romantic Love, owned by EQUIL, is an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding. He is by the Oldenburg jumping stallion L’Arc de Triomphe out of a thoroughbred mare by Sherlove Ville. He was acquired as a two-year-old.
16.2hh, bay, gelding
Sire L'Arc de Triomphe
Dam Sherlove Ville (Shercame)
Breeder Lydia Gallone
Owner(s): Equil, Saint-Lï¿½on, France.