A Family Affair




Nicolas Paillot


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 Prix.  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:

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.


To contact Nicolas directly, please email him at: nicolas@paillotequestrian.com


Alexandra Paillot


034_7020webJust 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).

All of her videos can be found via her Youtube Channel.


Duarte Romao- Rider


Born in Lisbonne, Portugal, Duarte Romao grew up with a passion for horses.

Duarte joined the Paillot Equestrian team in July 2014. He holds a key role in the development of top quality sport horses (including training, showing of young horses as well as seasoned horses, etc.)

Along with the rest of the team, Duarte shows a truly International background, having worked in Portugal, France, Belgium, Holland, etc.  He is also fluent in several languages: Portugese, French, English and Spanish.

As a rider, his true strength relies in his ability to train and develop young horses as well as competing in International Grand Prix classes.  He manages to accomplish both with patience and refinement. It is always a pleasure to ride a horse that has been developed by Duarte.

Duarte can be reached via email at: duarte@equestriansport.com and cell phone: +33 6 42 66 12 16


Some of his accomplishments include the following:

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- 2008 – 4th in the GP Pro 1 of Saint Lo
- 2009 – 3rd in the GP Pro 1 of Le Mans ; 2nd in the GP Pro 1 of Saint Lo
- 2010 – 4th in the GP of Lisbonne ; 5th of the GP of Comporta ; 3rd GP of Saint Lo ; 8th of the GP CSI 2* of Chantilly ; Winner of the 4 year old French Championships
- 2011 – 8th in the GP CSI 2* of Saint Lo ; 7th of the GP CSI 2* of Saint Lo ; 3rd of the GP CSI2* of La Coruna ; 1st of the GP Pro 1 of Saint Lo ; 4th of the GP Pro 1 of Deauville ; 5th of the 5 year old French Championships ; 8th of the 6 year old French Championships
- 2012 –  3rd,6th and 7th of the GP 2*/3* of Vilamoura Atlantic Tour ; 4th of the GP de Barcelos ; 3th of the GP of Ponte de Lima ; 4th Portugese Championships ; 2nd and 4th of the GP of Vilamoura ; Member of the Portugese team in the Nations Cup of Lisbon (6th) ; 5th of the GP CSI 2* of Bonheiden ;
Qualified for the Portugese team for the 2014 WEG in Normandy.


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To contact Duarte directly, please email him at: duarte@paillotequestrian.com


Francisco Malta Da Costa- Sales Manager


Francisco Malta Da Costa was an obvious match for the Paillot Equestrian Team.  Following our DNA, Francisco has a background filled with several key components that assist in our success: generations of horsemanship (following in his very influential legacy, Jalisco B’s Olympic rider, Manuel Malta Da Costa), a great education (he attended the Higher Institute of Business Communication in Portugal), a multilingual approach (Portugese, French, English and Spanish) as well as a very diverse equestrian resume.

His past experiences include working for International Stables such as Pius Schwizer Stables, Stal Hendrix, Darragh Kenny and Carolex (in the USA).

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a horse, Francisco is the person to contact.  He can be reached via email at: francisco@paillotequestrian.com and cell phone: +33 6 34 25 08 94


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Marie Guibert- Office Manager

Marie1Marie Guibert joined Ecurie N. Paillot exactly 4 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.

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- Groom and At Home Rider


rainbow (3)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!


Corentin Gallais- Groom


Corentin is Paillot Equestrian’s newest addition.  After various experiences, including 2 years working with International French rider Tony Hanquinquant, it is a pleasure to have him join our team.

His passion, enthusiasm and work ethic for horse care have made him invaluable asset.