Guy de Fontaines is the speaker and master of ceremonies at the Salon du Cheval.
How long have you been working with this show, and in what capacity?
I first helped as a volunteer back in 1973. The year Dardir (Nabor x Darda) from Blommeröd Sweden was there and the very first high quality Arabians we were seeing in France. I later helped professionally with William Richardot de Choisey for some five years with the rules and general running of the show dealing mostly with the overseas exhibitors, until I left for Jordan.
What is your best memory of the World Championships?
I once judged in Paris with Judy Forbis and Jay Stream under the old system, which I much preferred. I’ve commentated the event regularly for more than 15 years.
Tell us what the Arabian Horse World Championship represents for you in four words.
Fond memories, great horses, and Arabian horse history.
What is your background with horses?
Born with them. My parents were breeders and I started in the U.S. in equitation classes. Later in France with show jumping and eventing.
Which Parisian sights, restaurants or activities do you recommend to Arabian Horse World Championship visitors?
All of them. A trip along the Seine by night and the Crazy Horse Saloon.
Where can we meet you during the Arabian Horse World Championships?
Anywhere you wish, with pleasure.