Jack, team World Champion in 1992 and 4 times World Number 1 in the FEI Ranking List
Education and professional experience
Jack very nearly dedicated his talents to racingas his family owned trotting horses. Born in Brittany, he discovered horses at the age of 10. His early riding sessions and treks led him to develop a passion for a discipline that was relatively unknown at the time: endurance riding. A model student, Jack became a vet and continued to work in the profession for almost 20 years. Alongside his work as a vet, Jack Bégaud decided to buy himself a leisure horse. This was the start of countless miles of long-distance trekking, in the company of his dog, even taking him as far as Spain! This intense training enabled him to win his first national race in 1985 and to become European team Champion in 1985.
Jack progressed very quickly. He came second in the legendary Florac race, one of the most difficult in the world, and was French Champion in 1989 and 1990. A few years later, he was crowned team World Champion in 1992.
In 2000, the vet hung up his stethoscope and decided to focus exclusively on endurance riding. The following years confirmed his talent and Jack won numerous medals with, in particular, a 3rd French Champion title in 2006. His devotion and hard work also led him to be four times World Number 1 in the FEI Ranking List in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. In addition to his career as a world-class rider, from 1997 to 2013 Jack Bégaud was also a trainer of the United Arab Emirates’ Endurance Team. Support by 18 trainers he worked with around a hundred different horses every year, preparing them for top events. He notched up numerous successes during the years of this collaboration: 3 team European Open Championship titles and numerous CEI wins.
Jack succeeds at everything he does. In addition to being a top-level rider and trainer, this all-rounder has also shown himself to be an excellent endurance horse breeder. One of his horses, Quran el Ulm, was European Champion in 2013. Today, his objectives are to continue preparing his young horses for international events and train them to the highest level.
Jack & Audevard
“BONUTRON ENDURANCE, VETIDRAL and EKYFLEX ARTHRO feed supplements have been part of my working environment for more than 20 years. They help me develop muscle endurance in my horses, which is essential in this discipline, avoid fatigue and dehydration after long hours of racing and preserve the musculoskeletal system by limiting wear and tear. As a result, they really improve my horses’ quality of life.” Jack is also a fan of EKYFLEX NODOLOX, which he sees as the “IDEAL ENDURANCE PRODUCT”. “This supplement designed to improve competing horses’ musculoskeletal comfort is particularly ideal for endurance horses. After using it for 2 years, it is clearly effective and I can see the benefits in my horses. The musculoskeletal system of an endurance horse is subject to significant strain: training, competitions and terrain that is not always ideal can cause numerous injuries resulting in gait problems. These types of problems can stop us starting or completing a race. EKYFLEX NODOLOX used at a dose of 60 g per day for ten days before a competition provides us with a horse very comfortable in its gait. EKYFLEX NODOLOX can also be given daily and, of course, there is no doping effect. This little ‘plus’ for our companions’ legs seems to us to be ideal for the sport we do together.”