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Goldikova wins the Mile at Churchill Downs

Goldikova: Nicolas Blondeau worked the great mare prior to her win in last year's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot

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Blondeau to demonstrate at Ballylinch Stud

NICOLAS Blondeau, whose method of breaking in horses has won him many supporters worldwide, will be staging a demonstration in front of 30 professionals at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland on July 1 and 2.

Blondeau and Ballylinch managing director John O'Connor meet regularly at the Deauville sales and it was there that a visit to Ballylinch, which is home to Lope De Vega, Lawman, Soviet Star and Intense Focus, was arranged.

Ireland will be the first English-­speaking country in which the Blondeau Method is demonstrated. 

Based on the principles of respect, firmness and sensitivity, the Blondeau method - which is taught at the Blondeau School in Saumur, France - focuses on the role of the rider's hands rather than the legs. Blondeau has also worked with many horses who can be difficult at the starting stalls including Goldikova, whom he accompanied into the stalls before her victory in last year's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.




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