Christiane Head -Maarek arrives smiling & welcoming in Deauville’s opal dawn , kindly she has invited me to join her for one of her 6.00.am morning gallops for the race horses she trains .We chat about her Family history, generations of Race Horse breeders, trainers, & jockeys.Madame Head trains in Chantilly along the road from her brother Freddy Head, but in the summer Deauville races beckon. The Head Family’s World renowned stud farm Le Quesnay is just a few kms away. Surrounded by the fluid,rippling dark shapes moving at seemingly electric speed in the golden early morning, the image is surreal, as strings of the race horses work out, the hooves quietly pound in unison & flow past us as we chat. Christiane Head-Maarek, is one of France’s most successful race horse trainers, & she speaks to me of a phenomenon, that has recently taken her by surprise. Her star race horse, TREVE, has become a Social Media Star with a dedicated following who also attend the races for the sheer pleasure of seeing their champion TREVE compete, bringing new race goers to the Sport. TREVE’s new website hashtag www. FOLLOW TREVE pulls in more followers & Mme Head attains Popular Sports Icon status. The Head Family’s stud farm,in Normandy, Le Quesnay bred TREVE. TREVE was the Winner of the famous Prix de Diane Longines 2013, where TREVE smashed the record time by 2 seconds. Winner of the mythic Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October 2013. TREVE has also won the prestigious French race , Prix Vermeille,
TREVE, Winner again of the 2014 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, achieving a double victory in the race, something which had not been done since 1978! The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a heroic race to win, up against the World’s best race horses & jockeys. In 2015, Treve is attempting an historic feat: to win three consecutive Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe titles, and thus be crowned the best thoroughbred of all time !
Christiane Head-Maarek reflects on her future plans. Coming up immediately is the auction of her star Yearling a full sister of TREVE, out of TREVISE and MOTIVATOR, the brilliant race horse well known to racegoers in England. The Yearling, LOT 176, will be auctioned during the Deauville Arqana Yearling sales in August 2015. And also in the balance,Christiane Head-Maarek is pondering as to whether TROPHEE, half sister to TREVE returns from the USA to race in Europe ?
Next target: At 40,000 Likes, Treve’s fan club opens. google hashtag www. Follow Treve.
Photos courtesy hashtag. www. Follow Treve website. With Thanks.
– FRANCE GALOP
– ANNE-ARMELLE LANGLOIS
With thanks also to Madame Christiane Head-Maarek.