For at least the next four years, French show jumping Olympian Eric Navet and his family will be living in Rancho Santa Fe, where he will be under an exclusive training contract to the Ostby-Cook family and private trainer for their son, Karl. "I am quite excited to be able to come to the States and to work with this outstanding family," said Eric. "The timing is right for me to take a break from France and experience life in the United States. My children, Laurene and Michelle, are enrolled in school here, and my wife, Estelle, has started looking for a house for us. A new adventure is always exciting."
"I will be only training exclusively for the family but they are also adamant about my own riding and competing, continuing at a top level, so I will also have a couple of their horses to ride myself, plus maybe a couple of others on a very limited-approved level," Eric explains. "Our goal is to prepare for the 2016 Olympics and the WEG competitions, that should keep us pretty busy. I appreciate their trust in me and look forward to a magnificent relationship with them. Signe and Scott are exceptional people and Karl is a talented, committed young man."
Eric, born in Bayeux, France, is an extremely successful medal winning Olympic rider, a World Championship competitor, and a European Championship rider as well as having collected many additional wins along the way. In 1990 he won the World Champion title with the horse Quito de Baussy, and a year later (with the same horse) he won the European Champion title. Ten years later, in Jerez, Spain at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, he led his team to a very hard fought gold medal.
That year Eric also qualified for the Final Four competition which only takes place at the WEG. In this competition Eric won a very difficult silver medal with his horse Dollar Du Murier, the same horse he competed in the Olympic Games of Athens 2004.
Press release courtesy of IJump Sports.