France Names Long List for Tokyo Olympics

Team France won eventing team gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. From left: Karim Florent Laghouag, Mathieu Lemoine, Astier Nicolas and Thibaut Vallette. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Team France has announced its long list for the Tokyo Olympic Games, noting that the list is likely to evolve as competitions resume. France is the reigning Olympic eventing champion and three out of four of its riders from Rio make an appearance on this year’s list, as well as three-fourths of its bronze-medal winning 2018 WEG squad. Thibaut Vallette and and Maxime Livio represented France at both championships.

The named rider and horse combinations are as follows:

Jean-Lou Bigot & Utrillo du Halage, owned by Florence and Jean-François Assar.

Thomas Carlile & Birmane, owned by S.C.E.A. de Beliard.

Sébastien Cavaillon & Sarah d’Argouges, owned by Michel Lancelot.

Sidney Dufresne & Tresor Mail, owned by Agnès Touble and Iris de Fleurieu.

Gwendolen Fer & Romantic Love, owned by S.A.R.L. Equi L.

Karim Laghouag  & Triton Fontaine, owned by Philippe Lemoine, Guy Bessat, S.A.R.L. Ecurie, Karim Laghouag and Camille Laffitte.

Gireg Le Coz & Aisprit de la Loge, owned by Frédérique Grand and Augustin Grand.

Maxime Livio & Api du Libaire, owned by S.D.F. Api Club.

Astier Nicolas & Babylon de Gamma, owned by Marielle Grivot Bize, Etienne Grivot, Bénédicte Nicolas De Monval and Astier Nicolas.

Ugo Provasi  & Shadd’Oc, owned by Sophie Bonduelle and Ugo Provasi.

Christopher Six & Totem de Brecey, owned by François Souweine and Juliane Souweine.

Nicolas Touzaint & Absolut Gold*HDC, owned by S.A.R.L. Haras des Coudrettes.

Thibaut Vallette & Qing du Briot*IFCE, owned by l’Institut Français du Cheval et de l’Equitation.

A few photos of the long-listed riders from our archives:

The French Equestrian Federation’s JOP 2021-2024 Sports Project includes two lists, FFE JOP Tokyo 2021 (above) and FFE JOP Paris 2024, used to identify and prepare championship teams. The FFE JOP Paris 2024 list will be released soon, the Federation says.

Eventing at the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to take place Aug. 1-Aug. 4, 2021, with the first horse inspection on July 31. You can view a timetable here.