British-based French rider Arthur Duffort (35) enjoyed a successful debut at Badminton in 2022 (34th) with Toronto D’Aurois his entry this year also. The pair also completed Burghley (15th).
Arthur who runs Otis Eventing, in Ellesmere, North Shropshire is from the French Alps. From 2006 – 2010 he was stable jockey to Andrew Nicholson and then for four years was based with producer ans show jumper Kim Belton. He made his 5*debut at Burghley in 2016 (Herbst Golden Eclipse) and gained his second completion of the event in 2019 with Badminton entry Toronto D’Aurois,
Arthur now produces horses for the sport in partnership with his wife Logan (nee Rawlings), an American rider and 4* competitor, who was formerly based with William Fox-Pitt. He is also a director of Tandem Sport Horses which is a bespoke horse sales business based in France.
The couple has two children.
Toronto D’Aurois owned by brother and sister Paul and Julie Gatien and rider, is a 16-year-old French-bred, Selle Francais registered gelding. He is by Polack II (by the thoroughbred Pot D’Or) also the sire of former four-star horse Harry ridden by Bruno Bouvier (the pair completed Burghley on three occasions). Toronto is out of a mare by Dalouvet D’Evordes (a son of the great Galoubet A). He was produced in France to two-star level by Arthur’s good friend Paul Gatien. He was originally bought to be produced and sold but as he turned out not to be the easiest no one wanted to buy him. Arthur took over the ride at the end of 2016. Toronto completed his first five star at Burghley in 2019.
17.1hh , bay , gelding
Sire Polack II
Dam Jovaly D'Aurois (Daloubet D'Evordes)
Breeder Robert Maury