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

Wordley Martin Equestrian is fortunate to work with 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 aboard Wirma at WEF / Photo Credits Jack Mancini

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 Tryon, WEF 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 wonderful families and our focus is broad spectrum from pony hunters to junior hunters to U25 and Grand Prix jumpers.

“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!”
Brianne has trained on a Wordley Martin Surface in the past when she rode at Beacon Hill and with Max Amaya at Stonehenge Stables.   This year, Wordley Martin is thrilled to be working with Brianne and her husband on the installation of their very own WM arena at their property in Wellington, Florida.  We anticipate having the project wrapped up by the end of the year, so once Brianne is back in the tack, she and her clients will have the finest home surface for all of the horses and ponies in the barn. 
“When choosing my surface, I didn’t hesitate, as I only wanted the best!  WM footing combines durability and easy maintenance with performance and safety for our horses. Every level of rider and horse – from ponies to top sport horses – is able to take advantage of the WM surface. There isn’t much more anyone could ask for!”

We wish Brianne the best in her countdown to baby #2, and we can’t wait to see her back in the ring in the near future, making Wordley Martin Equestrian Surfaces proud!

**Look for the Wordley Martin ad featuring Brianne in this month’s November edition of Sidelines Magazine.