NICOLAS BERTRAN DE BALANDA
"The Up-and-Coming Young Trainer" (European Trainer Magazine)
Raised in a family steeped in equestrian sports, De Balanda trains about 40 horses with proven results in both flat and jumps.
Already more than 300 winners over both flat and jumps
Multiple Listed winners
5 Group wins, 2 Group 1 wins (Auteuil Champion Hurdle twice)
Based in Maisons-Laffitte (15 km away from Paris)
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Nicolas B. de Balanda has grown up in Maisons-Laffitte surrounded by horses in the footsteps of his father Jehan B. de Balanda, one of the top ten racehorse trainer in France, his uncle Gilles B. de Balanda, double World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist in show-jumping, his grandfather Marc B. de Balanda, renowned international show-jumper and Cadre Noir de Saumur instructor, and looking further back his great-grandfather Pierre B. de Balanda who was a show-jumping Olympic Silver Medalist.
Nicolas first performed in show-jumping to reach the International Juniors at 16 years old. Despite his first successes, he decided to join the gentlemen riders to fulfill his passion for races.
Growing in maturity, he worked as a Pupil Assistant for Christophe Clement in New York City in 1999, to later move to Luca Cumani's stables in Newmarket during 2000 and complete his training by the side of Pascal Bary in Chantilly from 2001 until 2003. This helped Nicolas B. de Balanda travel around the world to gain a wider experience and give him the opportunity to accompany Bary's horses across the continents (Hong Kong, Singapore, England, Italy, USA, ...).
In 2004, Nicolas finally set out as a trainer in Lyon in order to benefit from the versatility the region has to offer to a variety of horses and levels. It proved him right as B. de Balanda quickly won a remarkable number of races both in flat and jumps, which allowed him to build a trustworthy relationship with a valuable clientele.
After eight fruitful years, Nicolas naturally moved back to Maisons-Laffitte to be closer to Paris' racetracks and pursue his brilliant achievements. B. de Balanda chose to work as a "boutique" trainer with a tailor-made approach to better adapt to the horses' capacities and reveal their potential. He favors quality and results in valuable races over quantity. Hence, Maisons-Laffitte's unique facilities appeared to him as the number one site to expand and provide the best environment to deliver top-class training.