My name is Siniani de Lathus. I am an 11-year-old chestnut gelding by Volchebnik a Russian thoroughbred, and d’Elia de Bunouviere, Selle Français by Tenor de la Cour. I was born at the Lathus-Saint Rémy breeding farm in Poitou-Charentes. I was destined for eventing from a very early age. When I was 6 I went to work with Raphaël Mazoyer, and in 2014 I moved to Thibault Fournier’s yards
This month Tacante met with Thibault Fournier head horse the tall Siniani de Lathus who tried his charms on us and shared his little secrets.
Where does your name come from?
I don’t really know where my name comes from, but I’d say the fact that it sounds Italian would explain that I am somehow a charmer!
Do you prefer to work with a male or female rider? Why?
I like female riders as they are affectionate, and they give lots of cuddles. Saying that, on that front I can’t complain about my rider… and he has such good manners!
Where do you live?
I have lived in different yards, including Maxime Livio’s. Now I am based at the prestigious Ecole Nationale d’Equitation in Saumur where I enjoy all mod cons: walker, solarium, hot shower (Italian style!). You name it we have it! Perfect conditions for a top athlete which I am!
What do you like most about your stable mates?
I like when my stable mates walk past my box and stop by, so we can scratch and cuddle! I am a very tactile horse!
What is your guilty pleasure?
I am a horse of very simple tastes. I am happy with in-season fruits and vegetables: pieces of carrots and apples but a whole manger!
What is your favourite colour?
Orange obviously, like the colour of carrots. And between you and I, I haven’t got much a choice have I! Thibault wears orange all the time. He probably even sees life in orange!
Which dream would you like to come true in your life?
Run non-stop in a field with a few mates…
What is your favourite discipline?
I like to show-off during dressage tests especially on the extended trot. It must be my Italian charm, girls loooove it! However, cross-country is my favourite when I’m allowed to let loose and gallop ultra-fast.
What makes you feel the happiest?
With my rider on my back it has to be award ceremonies because I can race with my friends and buck during the lap of honour. We place bets with my mates but don’t tell anyone!
Otherwise I cherish those moments when my rider buckles my massage belt and pampers me. He’s so sweet as he never bears a grudge against me for my bucking!
What do you dislike most in the world?
Abrupt movements from people I don’t know. Despite standing tall at 17.72hh I remain very sensitive to my surroundings… even more so seen from such a height!
Which natural gift would you like to have?
I would love to make apples and carrots fall from the shy. Saying that I am surprised I haven’t tried helping myself in the trees yet! I have to take advantage of my height sometimes!
What has been your best memory?
On a competition day Thibault fell asleep in the box and I lied down next to him. You should have seen his face when he woke up!!! I agree that I can be slightly oversized for a teddy bear!
Which frame of mind are you in at the moment?
The season of competitions will start again in a couple of months, so I am all excited in anticipation. Exactly like a 2-year-old yearling!
Do you have a life motto you would like to share with us?
For eventing my heart gallops!
Higher, further, faster!
How can we keep up to date with your news?
Thibault also acts as my secretary, he manages my schedule and meetings! I actually recommend him! Or you can follow us on our Facebook page “Thibault Fournier Eventing”