Belfast Audiences To See The Magic Of Pignon And His Horses
Pignon. Its a name to conjure with. For people fascinated
by horsemanship. For anyone interested in a magical, almost unbelievable
relationship between man and horses.
This 34-years-old Frenchman has dazzled and astounded audiences
the world over with his displays and the bond and trust he has built
with the horses that make up his life.
And it all began with a filly saved from the slaughterer.
Jean Francois Pignon
hes coming on his first visit to Ireland. Jean-Francois will
star at every performance during the four days of the Belfast Indoor
International Horse Show in association with Envirocare which opens
at the Odyssey Arena on November 27.
His displays are built on a unique trust. His horses run free -
no reins, no saddles, no bridles. Just a bond so strong they will
do almost anything he asks.
Jean-Francois Pignon, born in the West of France in 1968, grew up
more interested in football than anything else - until his father,
Andre, presented him with Gazelle, a filly bought to save her from
He and the young mare played together for hours, and Jean-Francois
felt the first stirrings of an understanding how horses can be trained
through their natural instincts and a relationship based on love
After leaving school and working with horses for several seasons,
Jean-Francois and brother, Frederic, created an act based on trick
riding and stunts, leading to his first solo show in Avignon in
Since then his career has blossomed, with shows in many major cities
and four times at Equitana, Europes biggest horse show.
For ticket bookings call the Odyssey box office on 028 9073 9074
or the Ticket Master 24-hour Hotline, 0870 243 4455. There are discounted
rates for SJAI, Irish Riding Clubs, Northern Ireland Horse Board
and the Northern Ireland Farmers Union members.
Tickets can also be booked online at www.odysseyarena.com and www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Belfast Indoor International Horse Show is designed to provide
sporting entertainment both for the audience at the Odyssey Arena
and a television viewing audience. It is also an international show,
duly registered with The Fédération Equestre Internationale
(FEI), Switzerland .
consideration was given about which riders should be invited, and
we took advice from both national and international governing agencies
in order to get a good balance of established riders, those currently
returning good international results and riders who, on their past
records, will provide the sort of entertainment suitable for launching
what we know will be a top, on-going equestrian highlight to both
the Irish and International competition calendar.
television and competition is created from an entry of leading riders
and star horses and we have had the unenviable job of selecting
names giving us the greatest chance of doing just that. In future
years, hopefully, we can widen our invitation list, but for 2003
and the launch of the Belfast Indoor International Horse Show we,
through necessity, will have to abide by this formula.