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Profile On: Alan Gerard, Horse Sales and Equestrian Centre Improvements

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
Concerning my company management: I receive demands every day, I have to plan a lot of things, so I work 7 days a week, and I ride horses between 5 and 6 days a week.

China (Wuxi), where Alan Trains Horses.

What is it exactly that you do?
I have two activities: I sell horses (mainly in China), they are sporting, racing and leisure horses.  I also propose my experience for the creation and the improvement of equestrian centers always in China.

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
In my case I would say yes, even if I had to build my reputation in China and invest a lot of money in the journeys and the participation in exhibitions. I just begin to earn money after 18 months of prospection.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
At first, the Chinese culture is very different, you have to listen, understand and analyse the demand of your client, try to find the right horse for the right rider, build your reputation and build a trust relationship with your customer.

Favourite horse memory?
My relationship with my first horse (called « Hanneton/ Cockchafer…). I was 17 and I bought it myself with the money I earned during the summer.  When I ride him nothing could happen. I educated him and we won at lot of eventing contests, he was my first love… with him, I learnt to be responsible, he helped me to enter the grown-up age.

Future goals?
Develop my activity in South-East Asia.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
Work with horses, of course!!!!

“A well trained horse isn’t less exciting than a wild one.” – Author unknown

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