Brianne Goutal-Marteau: Grand Prix Competitor and Mother Extraordinaire!

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Wellington is fortunate to showcase some of the top competitive horse professionals in the industry. One such individual not only rose to the top of all the equitation championships as a young rider, she also went on to be one of the finest FEI show jumpers in the world. Brianne Goutal-Marteau has clocked miles competing in the US, Canada and Europe – winning multiple international grand prix competitions, and has represented the US at several Nation Cups.

Brianne has consistently been recognized throughout her career for her sportsmanship and exceptional riding skills. Earlier in her career, she was awarded several junior championships and developing rider awards by the USEF. For over a decade she has either won or placed in the top ribbons at nearly every international competition including; WEF, Devon, Washington International, Old Salem, The Hampton Classic, Tryon, Upperville, Spruce Meadows, Fontainebleau, Chantilly and Paris (France), Falsterbo (Sweden), Beervelde (Belgium), and Barcelona (Spain). Her accomplishments throughout the world are literally too many to mention!

In 2017, Brianne and her husband welcomed their first child – and while she was grounded from competition, Brianne discovered her further enjoyment of coaching clients. She began to develop that side of her business, while riding a smaller string of horses. Throughout 2016/17 season she still was quite successful in the show ring, earning several top finishes at WEF , Tryon and the Devon Horse Show.

Brianne is currently pregnant with their second child, and once again contemplating the balance between family and career. “My focal point right now is training. A few years ago I realized how much I love the process of working with students and their horses and decided I wanted to make training a focus. I train a couple of wonderful families and our focus is a broad spectrum from pony hunters to junior hunters to U25 and Grand Prix jumpers.

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“My main horse is a 13-year-old mare called Viva Colombia. I bought her last year from the Hymowitz family and she’s really become all I hoped she would! I am planning to start back up competing in the beginning of WEF with the goal of jumping 3 or 4 Saturday night Grand Prix’s over the circuit.

“In terms of other competition horses, my string is very light at the moment. I will compete a few horses for my clients to make sure they are in good order for them and am hoping to find another one or two horses with bright futures to develop. I am trying to stay patient and allow myself time to figure out the inevitable juggling of it all!”

We wish Brianne and her family the best of luck with the arrival of their second child, and we’re confident that she will balance motherhood and her professional equestrian pursuits with grace and success. Whether she’s ringside training, or entering the Grand Prix ring to compete, she is a wonderful example of the caliber of equestrians who return season after season to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.