Jean-François Santerre is a
French Canadian with a natural ability to work with horses. He started his riding career at an early age and
was very successful from the beginning.
As a junior,
Santerre won several championships and received a recognition award from the
town of Blainville, Quebec for his accomplishments. It was in his early twenties
that Santerre decided to pursue an equestrian career. Starting as a groom and
working his way up, Santerre grew his understanding by working with many top
level riders throughout Europe and North America. Some of the riders Santerre
learned from include: Eric Lamaze, the 2008 Canadian Gold and Silver Medalist, Olympic
Medalist Norman Dello Joio, Grand Prix Rider Candice King, International Rider
David McPherson, and Olympian Ludo Philippaerts.
Santerre’s first head
trainer position was at W. Charlot Farms in Ontario, Canada which he eventually
left for an opportunity to work with Chef d’Equipe and Olympian Frank Chapot at
Chado Farms in New Jersey, USA.
Along with his
international career, Chapot is known for his experience in starting young
horses and it is with him that Santerre found his niche. His experience at
Chado Farms and at Mr. Philippaerts’ Stables in Belgium exposed him to many
talented young horses where he developed a personal “dictionary” about the qualities required for a competitive horses. With his desire to start youngsters and
his talent of recognizing gifted horses, Santerre was able to open his own
business. Santerre used his skills to coach riders, train horses, and
begin importing horses from Europe for resale.
After working on
his own for only two years, Santerre was competing at the Grand Prix level, a
Level not even approached by many riders with much more showing experience. In addition, several of the horses selected by Santerre are now
competing at the top level; either in the Grand Prix Ring or in some of the
most prestigious Hunter classes in North America.
efficient but soft approach produces long lasting results and is often sought
after by many riders and owners. He has started numerous horses labelled too
“difficult” or “dangerous” to train, and brought them to the top of their
capacity. Santerre’s undertakings have led him to BC, Canada where he currently trains,
coaches, and provides sales consulting for equestrians in the area.