It will be a first Badminton for French Olympic rider Cedric Lyard, (45) a professional rider and coach based in the south-west of France, north of Bordeaux. In 2015 he completed his first Burghley in seventh place with Cadeau du Roi and last year the pair returned to take fifth place. The pair was a member of the French team at the 2014 WEG.
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.
Cedric who trains many young horses, trains with Laurent Bousquet. Asides from horses Cedric loves rock and roll and would have loved to be a rock singer. He has a 15-year-old daughter.
Cadeau Du Roi, owned by, Mr Ludovic Lyard, is a 15-year-old French-bred Thoroughbred gelding. He is by the Irish-bred Thoroughbred Adieu au Roi, who stood in France, out of a mare by the French-bred Rahotep. He was acquired by Cedric as a six-year-old and competed at the World Young Horse championships as a six and seven-year-old.
Qatar du Puech Rouget owned by Alain Chevalier, is a 13-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). Cedric took the ride in late 2015. Last year the horse 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 de Lavilandie (Arpad II)
Breeder Mr Alain Chevalier
Owner(s): Alain Chevalier, Rieupeyroux, France.