Théo Briand, a name for the future

1 December 2023

Théo Briand after winning at Vincennes

The week of 20-26 November 2023 will forever stick in the memory of Théo Briand. On the Wednesday at Marseille-Borély, the son of famous handler, Yannick-Alain, notched up his 50th career success thanks to Kolibri in the Finale Régionale des 3 Ans, in effect allowing him to join the professional ranks.

Then on the Sunday, the 17 year-old added Group success to his Cv when Fronsac secured the Gr.3 Grand Prix de Salon-de-Provence. Precocious? Certainly. In the space of 14 months, this talented, young driver went from novice to professional, but still found the time to answer a few questions.

What does joining the professional ranks at just 17 mean to you?

It’s crazy! I wasn’t expecting it. Last year, my aim was to become the best apprentice. I never imagined that this season would go the way it has. There have been a few negatives though, like receiving a number of suspensions, and the fact that I chose not to ride monté races. I’m happy in the harness code right now, and happy to have become a pro.

Did scoring your 50th victory with Kolibri, trained by your father, make success even sweeter?

It was great. He’s a horse we like a lot and he has turned a corner since starting to race with pads. It’s a win for the family. There are always tensions when working with family, but my parents fought hard for me, and now it’s my turn to give back. When our runners have limited chances, my father lets me drive for others. It’s another experience.

What’s the plan for the future?

My ultimate objective is to take over the yard, and there’s no reason why I can’t succeed. Once I’ve achieved that, it’s the Prix d'Amérique!


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