There are plenty of riders who can rise to the challenge of high-level competition, but only a few who truly shine under its spotlight. One of them is undoubtedly France’s Roger Yves Bost (a.k.a. “Bosty”), who added yet another five-star victory to his resume this weekend in Spain, riding away with top honors during the sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League in Madrid on Saturday, November 25, aboard Sydney Une Prince.

Eighth to go in the whopping 18-horse jump-off, Bosty and his Rio 2016 Olympic team gold medal-winning partner “Sydney”, an 11-year-old Helle Francais mare (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa D’Eelle), set the time to beat at 42.23s, ultimately securing a first-place position. “I thought maybe [my time] was good enough for 3rd or 4th place, but I tried my best and Sydney always gives me 100 percent! I lost one stride in the middle of the course, but she is so fast over the fences and I think that’s why we won—she is so brave and so consistent!” Yves Bost said. 

Known for his unique yet effective jumping technique, Bosty is both admired and respected by his peers, including American show jumping legend, George Morris, who refers to Bosty’s balance in the saddle as “exceptional.”

Can’t get enough of the Flying Frenchmen? Here are 13 more reasons why Bosty is a credit to his sport: 

  1. Bosty is always hungry and loves chocolate.
  2. His favorite beverage is Diet Coke; he doesn’t drink alcohol.
  3. Bosty also likes to exercise and often runs in the forest with his wife Cyrille. When he was young, he tried competing in pole vaulting (he has always loved to jump!).
  4. Bosty also likes sports movies like Rocky, his favorite. He says it gave him energy when he was young.
  5. He participated in the famous French TV show, Fort Boyard, in the 1990s, where he teamed up with, among others, a young  Rodrigo Pessoa. He was already unbeatable in the speed classes back then.
  6. Bosty became a grandfather in 2016.
  7. His son Nicolas, who looks a lot like him, also rides in competition.
  8. Bosty doesn’t love new technologies but learned step-by-step to use a tablet.
  9. When he was younger, Bosty looked up to British and German riders including John Whitaker, Nick Skelton, and Ludger Beerbaum.
  10. Bosty is curious and a quick learner. He likes to walk around different stables, looking at new equipment used by other riders and talking to them about the changes in the sport.
  11. Bosty likes to talk to his horses. He sees this type of communication as important for creating a trusting relationship.
  12. With all his time and experience, Bosty knows how to deal with the high pressure of show jumping. He focuses on his technique and staying relaxed in the saddle so that his horse won’t feel any negative energy.
  13. At 50 years old, he realized his biggest dream yet: not only did Bosty participate in the Rio Olympic Games, he earned team Gold for France, and became one of the oldest Olympic champions in history.

-Photo credit: Thomas Reiner.