France racehorse sales photo collage Richard Venn can provide the full service in France from stud to winning post. Buying and racing in France is a thrilling pursuit for the enthusiastic horse owner. The French system can be highly lucrative. In France, success breeds success:

  • prize money is the best in Europe
  • training fees are excellent value
  • there are additional owner’s premiums of up to 64% of prize money won for French-bred flat runners
  • there are transport subsidies for runners
  • there are over 250 racecourses in France
  • there are also breeder’s premiums of up to 21% of prize money won for horses that are bred in France

As a British bloodstock agent living in France, Richard has an extensive range of contacts in the French market, covering most of the country. He regularly inspects horses, attends sales and horse shows, and the races.

In addition to watching his own horses win (Hesperides, purchased for just 2,000 gns has amassed over €50,000 in two seasons), he has managed many other winners for clients in France with a significant strike-rate (Bantu, purchased for €26,000 has amassed over €113,000 and Lady Koko purchased for just €5,000 has collected over €52,000 for their respective owners).

Richard has in-depth knowledge of the French racing calendar and where to target success and knows personally a number of trainers in France, many of whom are English-speaking.

He understands the French breeding industry well, sourcing and buying stallions, booking mares, and maintaining excellent relations with major French stud owners.

Sophie Pinheiro Teixeira

Sophie Pinheiro Teixeira

Richard is assisted in France by Sophie Pinheiro Teixeira. Sophie is herself a familiar face at the sales and at the races having previously worked for the International Racing Bureau, Haras de la Hetraie, the French Racing and Breeding Committee and Jamie Railton Bloodstock.

Sophie is bilingual and a huge asset to Richard Venn Bloodstock.



Richard Venn Bloodstock can provide the best advice on buying, breaking, training and racing in France.

Dubbed ‘Le Stallion Man’ by the French press, Richard is considered an expert in sourcing and managing Stallions.   Read his interview in the Racing Post.

Have a look at our Stallion Fee Card 2019 and our Nominations for Sale for the 2019 breeding season.

Richard is a Bloodstock Agent who looks after his clients and their horses with such care that I get the impression his clients are his friends and their horses his own.” – David Henderson (Trainer in France)