An introduction of Roger Yves Bost – or Bosty as he is often called – almost seems unnecessary. The popular French rider has been in the spotlight for decades, and at 46 he is still as competitive as ever. On Ideal de la Loge (Dollar du Murier x Joyau d’Or) he has won a pretty collection of big classes, and the icing on the cake came with the victory in the Global Champions Tour final in Abu Dhabi this past weekend. Nikyta d’Elle (Richebourg x Papillon Rouge) is also one of his winning partners. Earlier this year Bosty’s horses got company of Jessica Kürten’s former rides Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur) and Castle Forbes Vivaldo(Clinton X Randel Z) in addition to some younger ones.
“Ideal is now 16 years old, so I’m thinking of competing him for one more year. I’m only taking him to the bigger shows, and also he’s better outdoors so that’s where I’ll mostly use him,” Bosty explains of the stallion that has brought him so many career highlights. “He will also do a bit of breeding; every year he has one month off for that purpose. Ideal has been breeding since he was six, and I actually have a seven year old by him called Coupe de Couer that is really nice. Ideal gives his offspring a big stride and scope; at the same time they are a small and short type,” Bosty says.
“Myrtille and Vivaldo have been a good addition for me. They were really well ridden on the flat so there is no need to change anything,” he smiles when telling us that Kürten has done a good job with the horses. “I have been working with Lady Forbes for about three years, and that’s how her horses came to me,” Bosty lets us know. “I also have Nikyta d’Elle and Nippon d’Elle which are both very exciting horses. But at this point Myrtille is probably the best horse I have.”
“I don’t have any preferences as to whether I ride French horses or not, but the nice thing about the French ones is that I know their genes. Like with Ideal and Myrtille – they are both by Dollar du Murier, and I think they both are a little alike,” he smiles. “If I have to name one specific French stallion that I prefer it would be Jalisco B; he has given careful and scopey horses. His offspring have enough blood and are careful,” Bosty explains.
Bosty lets us know that his kids keep his motivation up to continue going, “and also a good horse,” he laughs. “Earlier – as a junior – it was only winning that motivated me, now I’m more into the flatwork and I have dressage lessons once a week,” he says. “For me it’s important that the horses are happy!”
“My calendar looks a little different than before this year; with so many horses I have to do monthly plans for them and everything needs to be sewn together, which is not always so easy,” the French rider smiles. “And one needs to be careful with the selection; there are so many shows every year, and everyone can win so the competition is getting harder!”
But Bosty is not only busy as a rider – he is also has his hands full as a show organizer; “I reckon I’m involved with organizing forty show days a year; most at home in Barbizon, but also in Fontainebleu,” he says. “And at the stables in Barbizon we keep around 50 horses. I sell horses and do some training and clinics in addition to riding,” Bosty smiles. Doesn’t look like the French rider will be out of work any time soon!
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