France’s Jeanne Sadran captured Parisian hearts and her first 5* Grand Prix title at the Longines Global Champions Tour on Saturday.

Jumping before a home crowd in the CSI5* LGCT Grand Prix of Paris, the 22-year-old delivered the only double clear on the day, topping a four-horse jump off set by Paris 2024 course designer Gregory Bodo.

Sadran is now the second U25 rider (alongside Belgium’s Gilles Thomas) to qualify for the GC Super Grand Prix.

“I cannot believe it, it’s just incredible, just look at my home crowd. It’s so special for my first 5* win, here, in Paris at the Longines Global Champions Tour,” gushed Sadran. “I couldn’t imagine a better result.”

While the 1.60m win is the first for the young Frenchwoman, it’s a result that seems all-but fated.

The daughter of longtime Toulouse football club president (2001–2020) Olivier Sadran, Jeanne grew up immersed in pro sport, if not equestrian specifically. It’s an experience, she said, that uniquely prepared her for the demands of elite competition.

“Having been around the high level of football, experiencing it from the inside and quite closely, gives a good foundation for an athlete on the mental side, the organization, physical preparation,” Sadran told Cheval Magazine in 2023.

Olivier Sadran (left). All photos ©LGCT.

A glance at her record suggests she started applying those lessons early.

Sadran’s competitive career began at age 9 on a pony named Heritage Harcourt. At 10, she contested her first French national championship and by 13, her first international competitions on both the pony and children circuits.

At 14, Sadran donned the French coat for the first time at the 2015 Children European Championships and finished seventh individually. A year later, she competed in the Pony European Championships and went on to win her first international Grand Prix with her pony Rominet de Bruz at the 2016 CSIOP Fontainebleau.

She would go on to contest the Youth Championships three times more—once as a junior in 2019 and twice as a young rider in 2021 and 2022, where she logged top ten finishes individually and with the French team on Unforgettable Damvil and Dexter de Kerglenn, respectively.

And her star has only continued to rise.

Now ranked no. 3 on the world U25 rankings, Sadran contested her first senior championship at the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Riyadh earlier this year and into 15th place overall.

With experience has come more consistent results.

In 2022, Sadran was jumping 1.50m+ heights clear at a 14% clip, taking home $90,212 in prize earnings and six podium finishes (Jumpr Stats).

This year, she’s clear at a 32% average over 1.50m–1.60m heights and has already accrued $322,157 in earnings and nine podium finishes—with six months still to come.

The star of her string, and the horse that made her first 1.60m win possible, is 11-year-old Selle Français stallion Dexter de Kerglenn (Mylord Carthago x Diamant de Semilly). Over 30 rounds together at 1.60m, the pair has a 32% top 10 finish average, highlighted by a second place in the CSI5*-W FEI Jumping World Cup of Bordeaux in February this year and Saturday’s CSI5* LGCT Grand Prix.

So who is Jeanne Sadran? She’s the future of French show jumping.

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