A PRIVATE CHAT WITH...

VALENTINE DELAVEAU

WHEN WAS YOUR VERY FIRST EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION?
I started riding at home when i was 3 years old. my most vivid memory of that time is about my first fall from my pony when i was playing around with my father. I started competing when i was eight at le chesnay riding club with my pony cacahuète. i did not do very well because my pony didn’t listen to me and he just left the ring! eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER so far?
i can think of several highlights but so FAR, my favourite ones are bordeaux in 2015 and wierden this year, where i was double clear in the nations cup and had an 8th place in the grand prix with my pony, si jolie. i will never forget these moments because i had worked so hard to succeed at these events and it really was worth it. on horseback, i recall the amazing feeling during my first 1,40m class at the longines paris eiffel jumping with vivaldi.

WHICH SHOW JUMPING EVENT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE?
AACHEN! it is just magical…that ring in front of a crowd of 50.000 people and having such difficult classes… it’s a DREAM!

which horse in the five star circuit thrills you the most?
i really admire orient express. he is a true warrior with huge resources. now that he has retired, i would say flora de mariposa.

IF YOU HAD NOT become a rider, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DONE?
I have always wanted to be a professional rider. i have dreamed about it since i was very little and i want to fight to get there even though it is a difficult sport. i am still studying too, but it is very hard for me to conceive a career other than riding.

what’s your favourite dish?
a « big old macdonald’s burger »!

which object do you always keep with you?
a bracelet given to me by one of my grand-parents’ friends for christmas. i find it beautiful and have always worn it ever since!

who is your favourite ATHLETE?
steve guerdat. his riding is beautiful and he has nerves of steel. i admire him for all the energy he devotes to his horses and his efficiency on the ring. it’s just amazing! in a different sport, i would choose serena williams for her drive and focus.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE or type OF MUSIC?
i listen to a lot of rap, namely columbine.

what’s your favourite Tv series?
gossip girl.

is there a movie that you really LIKE?
BRIDGET JONES’s BABY.

what’s your ideal holiday destination?
i really liked las vegas. i loved going there for the world cup final.

how do you spend your free time when you aren’t at a show?
i do my HOMEWORK! and i watch tv series.

what would be your dream car once you have your driving LICENSE?

a porsche

INTERVIEW BY JESSICA RODRIGUES
PHOTOS by JESSICA RODRIGUES & Cavalleria Toscana

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