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 (4 time winner Sultan Silk has amassed nearly €80,000 in race winnings), he has managed many other winners for clients in France with a significant strike-rate (Bantu, purchased for €26,000 has amassed over €158,000 ; Amadeus Wolfe Tone €196,690 and Cressida €91,000).
Richard has in-depth knowledge of the French racing calendar and where to target success and knows personally many trainers in France, many of whom are English-speaking.
He understands the French breeding industry well, he is a successful breeder in his own right, also sourcing and buying mares, booking nominations, and maintaining excellent relations with major French stud owners.
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.
Richard Venn Bloodstock can provide the best advice on buying, breaking, training and racing in France.
Since 2017, Richard has been assisted in France by Sophie 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.