The Difference: Horsemanship & Teamwork


What sets Paillot Equestrian apart is the combined knowledge and diversity of its team members.


All of our other team members bring to the plate something of their own, all with one mission in mind: finding and producing top quality sport horses.

Nicolas Paillot

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:

Anne Caroline Valtin

Anne Caroline Valtin

General Manager

Anne Caroline Valtin joined the Paillot Equestrian Team in 2015.  Following years of horse show management experience, Anne Caroline’s PR and customer relationship skills are a great asset to our team.  She truly enjoys putting on events, receiving clients and is always up for a good challenge.

After a 10 year hiatus from the show ring, Anne Caroline found her match in Paillot Equestrian’s Volcan Alia.  This pair will be making their debut in the upcoming Global Champions Tour of Chantilly.

Additional to her involvement with Paillot Equestrian, Anne Caroline founded Anne Caroline, Inc. a company specializing in Cause PR, Marketing and Events.

Aside from equestrian sports, she is truly passionate about any humanitarian efforts, especially ones that involve foster children.

Melanie Sorriaux

Melanie Sorriaux

Stable Manager

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!