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One man and his horse
SKILLS: French equestrian Jean-Francois Pignon thrilled the crowds with his unique act. 35123320 and 35123314.
CROWDS flocked to see one of the eagerly anticipated headline acts of the day – Jean-Francois Pignon and his horses.
The Frenchman wowed audiences in the Grand Arena with his daring display of bare-back riding and acrobatic tricks with his herd of five stallions.
Using only a baton to guide them gently when needed, Jean-Francois shared a series of hilarious moments with the crowd who enjoyed a few tricks from the horses themselves.
His renowned act has wowed audiences around the world including the Queen, and his appearance at the 60th show was introduced by Cotswold Farm Park founder, Joe Henson.
The Frenchman started off his career by learning to ride sheep when he was seven years old. He then taught himself to ride horses two years later.
Using subtle communication to form the bonds of love and trust with his horses, Jean Francois said there were no secrets to his act. “It’s all about the connection between me and the horses,” he said.
“If you treat the horse with love they will respond.”
He added he was pleased and happy to be at the show in its 60th year. During his time in the Cotswolds, Jean- Francois stayed at Old Farm, in Dorn, near Moreton, while his horses stayed at stables in Todenham.