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 60% 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 with a presence 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.
Have a look at our Stallion Fee Card and our Nominations for Sale for the current breeding season.

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

Paola Beacco

In Richard Venn Bloodstock’s team: Paola Beacco

Since the summer of 2020, Richard has been assisted in France by Paola, who is a former jump jockey, known for her exploits with Princesse Kap and has many contacts in French racing.

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


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)