I started horseball with Lucie Angers and Marcel Beaulieu in December 2003. Without them, horseball would never have started or lasted... I attended my first horseball match that same year, in Saintes-Maries-de- la-Mer, in the Camargue. I met the twins Julien and Nicolas Thiessard there, whom I invited to my home. Accompanied by none other than Jean-Baptiste Depons and Anthony Morris, it is with them that horseball was born in Quebec, in August 2004! For me, there was then a series of training courses in France and here, alternately. Player on the very first Canadian team at the 2008 World Cup in Portugal under the advice and teachings of Thomas Peschel, I then continued by accompanying and coaching many young players at home or at international tournaments in Brazil, France , the United States, Mexico and Guadeloupe. Coach of the women's team during the 2016 World Cup, I then took a step back, to let the next generation get involved. I am returning to service, in 2020, to continue the work that has been done, to support the efforts and development of our elite, of our young people who are progressing so quickly, hoping that the path of experience can contribute again and again to the influence of this fascinating sport!
Player since 1990, Nicolas Georgeault discovered the practice in France by participating in numerous competitions within prestigious formations such as Foix, Paris-La Baule and Bordeaux-La Gaffelière. Champion of France in 1998 with the Bordeaux – La Gaffelière team, he achieved the Grand Slam with his team with the title of winner of the Coupe de France the same year without conceding any defeat. He was invited to join the International Federation of Horse-Ball to occupy for almost 10 years the presidency of the International Arbitration Committee, which he created, and to ensure the position of communication manager. His first visit to Canada was for a clinic in Quebec. It strongly influenced his arrival in Quebec for professional reasons.
I discovered horse-ball in 2016, and I've been playing it ever since! I didn't know this sport at all before being introduced to it, and I realized over the years that horse-ball was misunderstood by the majority, even within the equestrian world in Quebec. I would therefore like, through my role on the administrative board, to make this sport known at the same level as the other equestrian disciplines. Yes, we are a very small association, but I have no doubt that we will succeed. I have seen many other players start out in the last five years, people who had sometimes never heard of horse-ball, fall in love with this sport like me!
I have been playing horse-ball for over 8 years and have seen the evolution of many horse-ball players. I am on the association to promote the sport and to see and help many other horse-ball riders grow, and cannot wait for the day where many other boys will be playing by my side. This sport had taught me alot as a rider and person and I hope I can give back to the sport!
I was born in France and discovered horse-ball at my pony club party, by chance. I immediately became passionate about this sport, because it matches several of my values: team spirit, self-transcendence, responsiveness and most importantly, complicity with your horse. I played in France on the youth circuit as a cadet, and took part in several French championships with my team from Décines. When I immigrated to Quebec at the age of 21, I immediately looked for a team to integrate to continue practicing my sport. I joined the Adago team, which at the time was coached by AHBQ president Julie Bourbeau, and have played every competitive season in Quebec since. I regularly participated in demonstrations in Quebec and Ontario, and represented Canada at the 2016 world championships in Ponte de Lima in the women's team, as well as at the FIHB tournament in Guadeloupe in 2018. I also been selected on the Canadian women's team for the next world championships to be held in 2022 in Saint-Lô, France.
I was on the AHBQ's administration committee a few years ago, and wanted to get involved again in 2021. My goal is to make this wonderful sport known throughout Canada, and to help other riders to develop a true partnership with their mount.
Charles Antoine Bourgon
Hello, I introduce myself Charles Antoine Bourgon. I am starting my 4th season at horse-ball and I really like this game. I wanted to get involved in the AHBQ committee because I want to continue to see our beautiful sport evolve and grow. I believe that I have good qualities to fulfill my position in the equipment and to work with a motivated team who also want to see our super sport progress with the pleasure of seeing each other on the circuit.
Charles Antoine Bourgon