Clémence Faivre is no stranger to the international show jumping scene, and though you may not know her name from the class lists, you’d certainly recognize her image. The elegant liberty rider is typically decked out in period garb, laying next to or astride a rearing Lusitano stallion at some of the globe’s premier European shows, as she was last week during the Longines Masters of Paris.
Faivre, who was born in Paris, once dreamed of a career in film, a drive that ultimately led her to stunt horse work. She went on to train with Olympic medal-winning dressage trainer Rafael Soto in Spain, and later, Don Alvaro Domecq, the founder of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. For the last seven years, Faivre has been performing around the globe with her four Lusitanos, including appearances at the Dublin Horse Show and various legs of the Longines Masters tournament.
This year, Faivre continues the tradition, and though her performances offer a different kind of artistry than the speed and precision of a five-star jump-off round, they are no less stunning. In the gallery above, photographer Thomas Reiner captures Faivre and her Lusitano stallion, Fuego FG, at work together in Paris. The results are nothing short of breathtaking.