French Olympic rider Cedric Lyard, (46) is a professional rider and coach based in the south-west of France, north of Bordeaux. Last year he contested his first Badminton – but failed to complete. With Badminton entry Qatar du Puech Rouget he represented France as individual at the 2017 European championships and at the end of the year the pair was third in the four-star at Pau.
Cedric was born in Grenoble and began riding aged seven and began competing at the age of 13. He has represented France at several major Championships including the 2004 Olympic Games where the team won gold (Fine Merveille). He was also a member of the 2002 silver medal WEG team (Fine Merveille), the 2009 European Championships (Jessy Mail) and competed as an individual in 2003 at Punchestown.
In 2015 he completed his first Burghley in seventh place with Cadeau du Roi and in 2016 the pair returned to take fifth place. The pair was a member of the French team at the 2014 WEG.
Cedric, who trains many young horses, trains with Laurent Bousquet. Asides from horses he loves rock and roll and would have loved to be a rock singer. He has a 16-year-old daughter.
Qatar du Puech Rouget, is a 14-year-old Anglo Arab gelding, He is by Defi d’Armenti (AA) out of Grace de Lavilandie by Arpad II (AA). He was produced and ridden to three-star by Eric Vigeanel (the pair was 9th at Bramham CCI3* in 2014). In 2016 with Cedric he completed his first four-star at Pau in 18th place.
Cadeau du Roi
16.3hh , grey , gelding
Sire Adieu au Roi
Dam Cadora la Baronnie (Rahotep)
Breeder Stephanie Lehodey
Owner(s): Ludovic Lyard, Rabastens, France
Qatar du Puech Rouget
17.0hh , chestnut , gelding
Sire Defi d'Armenti
Dam Grace Delavillandie (Arpad II)
Breeder Mr Roland Chevalier
Owner(s): Alain & Roland Chevalier, Rieupeuroux, France