My pony and three horses are boarded at Le Domaine du Maley in Saint-Blaise. Each one enjoys a spacious stall of 14m2 that gives onto a private exterior area of 26.5m2, and each one goes out five days a week into the park (an individual pasture of 1km2) or for a walk. They are fed straw twice a day as well as horse feed three times a day. The infrastructures of this horse ranch are grandiose, including a riding arena of 20 x 40 m, a large paddock of 37 x 67 m and a smaller paddock of 25 x 45 m. Almost all year round, a jumping circuit is set up in one of the paddocks.
The establishment also includes a heated clubhouse with television and Wi-Fi access, as well as an equestrian club that offers fun activities. It offers easy access to riding paths, and there is a big woodland nearby for athletic riding. I also have a large group of friends at Maley who participate in competitions, and the atmosphere there is very friendly.
Various in-house and external trainers are available to us, offering an interesting variety of courses. Among them, Philippe Monard helped me quickly prepare for pony competitions, from my beginnings to the day I obtained my license and participated in my first international competition. Nicolas Pasquier assisted me for two seasons as I made the transition to horseback riding. I am currently learning dressage with Florence Monard. Since 2016, my principal trainer has been Julien Gonin, who also comes to Le Domaine du Maley for other courses. I also often go see him for training programs. I also train with other instructors such as Thierry Gauchat, Philippe Schneider, Thomas Balsiger, Jacques Bruneau and Christian Sottas. Most of the time I participate in competitions on my own, without a coach, which is slightly unusual. This is not actually my choice, but it compels me to take responsibility for myself.