Daphnée de Gesquis, a Mérens mare from an Aston team, discovered the sporting competition in a good way in Ariège in March. In Uzès, in the Gard, she “won everything” on the FFE circuit, thanks to her qualities appreciated by the family.
At 14 months, Milo Carrière-Larue is already leading Daphnée de Gesquis on the longe. The Mérens mare will celebrate her 9th birthday in a few days, but the difference in age and size does not impress the child, shoes in the mud. His smile shows it.
Milo’s mother, Maëva Larue, got the mare for work two years ago from the Rouzaud family, owners of “Dadou”. Mathieu Carrière, her spouse, supports her on a daily basis. This is how Daphnée de Gesquis came to Mérens horse breeding from grandfather Carrière in Aston. A family story.
Looking at the mare, dressed in a blanket from neck to hock, Maëva Larue says: “I rode her in a team, then I appreciated her at the Sfet-Circuit (French Equidae Society at work), which is for Horse breeds reserved is French territory. She made her first appearance in a carriage at the beginning of March at the FFE (French Equestrian Federation) circuit in Uzès. » From breeding to sport.
A “real athlete” who “transforms” into competition.
To the surprise of her two trainers from Ariège, Daphnée de Gesquis “won everything” in the amateur competition from March 10th to 13th in Gard: “She won the general classification and the three disciplines: dressage, agility and marathon, she still smiles at Maëva Larue . She is in front of sport ponies, which makes the Mérens breed stand out. »
The young mother was all the happier that “at first we weren’t sure whether Dadou could compete,” she recalls. “She was quite soft, then we put obstacles in the career and she played straight away. We were impressed. Mathieu Carrière, who was the most skeptical at the time, added: “I had doubts about her level but she surprised us. She is very, very cold, she is a warrior. Winning his first competition in Uzès bodes well. »
For two years, Maëva Larue has discovered a “real athlete” who “knows how to save to perform better” and “turns into competition”. She lists the qualities of the mare: “She has a huge heart and a mind of steel. »
A rhythm and a team of champions
The mare used her good physical condition to perform on four days of competition. Maëva Larue refines it during 5 to 6 training sessions per week at Aston. “She doesn’t like having a week off,” she says. She needs work, otherwise she’s sad, you can see that in her eyes. »
When she can count on Mathieu Carrière to replace her at work when necessary, Maëva Larue also benefits from the advice of a trainer, Sébastien Vincent, member of the French driver team. “We show him videos, he reacts and adjusts the work program accordingly. He’s my mentor, he gives me confidence. »
Like a top athlete, Daphnée de Gesquis has an osteopath, Benoît Descamps, and a masseuse, Carine Delbaere. Thanks to this team, which includes a veterinarian and a farrier, Maëva Larue hopes that “Dadou” will perform at “the next big event, the Saumur International Competition in June”. Milo will be his first backer.