A Family Affair
As a third generation equestrian enthusiast, Nicolas Paillot started his riding career early on. He competed in 2 consecutive European championships in 1986 and 1987 and held the Junior World Record Puissance at 2m15 in 1986.
With placings in some of the world’s most prestigious horse shows such as the CSI**** of Cannes, Bratislava and Copenhagen, Nicolas is currently riding a string of up and coming young horses.
Most of his career highlights were held with an extraordinary mare: Infinie Rivage, a home bred mare out Rivage du Poncel Samsung and Narcotique.
Together, the pair won and placed in several International Grand Prixs. Infinie was retired at the age of 15, following a successful winter at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. That winter included participation in the World Cup Qualifier and several Grand Prix’s. Their last rounds took place during the Wellington Nations Cup where they finished the second round with 0 faults. Please click here to view their final round.
Today, Infinie can be found in one of Nicolas’ pastures, enjoying retirement and keeping company to some of the home bred youngsters.
To see all of Infinie Rivage’s results, please click here.
Some of their career highlights captured by the Press:
- Concours de Cluny- FFE
- Rider Profile- Nicolas Paillot and Infinie Rivage
- Gucci Masters
- Stud For Life
- Cavadeos- Grand National de CSO
Olympic de Chamant was another very special home bred horse out of Gentleman IV and Kachasse. Born on the Paillot’s farm, Olympic was ridden by Cedric Angot during his early years. His time spent with Nicolas included several wins and placings in International Competition along with his participation in the 2012 Wellington Nation’s Cup for the French Team.
Olympic was sold last year to an International rider and has been successfully competing in Grand Prix’s ever since.
To view all of Olympic’s results, please click here.
Just like her brother, Alexandra caught the “horse bug” early on. While riding as a team member of the Junior and Young Riders French National Teams, her International wins started back in 2003. From there on, she earned a Bronze medal 2 years in a row in the French and European Championships consecutively. As a Young Rider, she was part of the Silver Medal French Team at the European Championships and was also 4th individually.
Alexandra apprenticed under Eric Lamaze for a little over a year (2012-2013), giving her exposure to major CSI’s throughout the world. Some of her latest accomplishments were placing at horse shows in Follonica (ITA), San Remo (ITA) Wellington (USA), Calgary (CAN), Valkenswaard (PB) and Paris and Chantilly (FR). Click here to view an interview of Alexandra done by Cavadeos in Wellington, FL (2013).
To view Alexandra’s full resume of accomplishments, please click here (FFE link).
Some of her current and most successful mounts include Regina de Chamant, a homebred mare.
All of her videos can be found via her Youtube Channel.
Marie Guibert- Office Manager (France)
Marie Guibert joined Ecurie N. Paillot exactly 3 years ago. Born in an equestrian family, Marie grew up riding ponies and still owns a mare of her own.
Following the completion of her Masters in Communications in Paris, Marie joined the French Equestrian Federation as an intern. She worked with the Federation for 5 years, in their communication department and was on the original team that started the “Grand National” and Master Pro horse shows. Working with the Federation enabled her to organize major shows such as the World Games in Aix la Chapelle (2006), La Baule, Lyon, etc.
Today, she is an independent representative of several horse shows such as the Grand National. This requires her to travel to all of the shows where she manages results, communication as well as press relations. Staying involved in the Grand National is something that is dear to her as she saw it from the very beginning. It also enables her to stay involved at the upper level of the sport nationally.
At the Haras, Marie is the office manager and works hand in hand with Nicolas. She also works for Marie Hecart as an administrative assistant part time.
Additionally to her already busy schedule, she also writes for “Grand Prix Magazine” as well as “Le Journal Cheval” and shows as an amateur.
Melanie Sorriaux- Rider and Groom (France)
Melanie joined the team in June of 2012 as a full time groom and rider. Having as many as 6 horses at a time under her care, she has become a crucial team player in the operations of the farm in France.
Her prior experience includes starting young horses with a strong emphasis on dressage, coaching and grooming.
She is the proud owner of her very own Selle Francais mare named Ueda (Oncle Pol X Belle de Muids), a 5 year old mare whom she has been successfully riding in the 5 year old classes.
Melanie travels with the horses all over Europe throughout the summer months and rides the up and coming horses during the winter months (while the rest of the barn is competing in Wellington, USA).
Additionally to her equestrian experience, she holds a Master’s degree in History and thoroughly enjoys traveling. She is known at the farm for always having chocolate on hand!