Maxime Debost Becomes Latest Event Rider To Lose His Life

Maxime Debost, ici lors de sa victoire au Derby du Royal Jump de Bertichères
Credit : DR

Saturday 23 September - 19h26 | Lulu Kyriacou

Maxime Debost Becomes Latest Event Rider To Lose His Life

The eventing world has one again been plunged into darkness by the news that another rider has lost their life on the cross country phase. This time is was Maxime Debost, an experienced French rider, placed at 3* level in the recent past. 

Debost was killed in a rotational fall at Fence 11 of the CCI1* course at Chateaubriant in France. He was riding Qirt de Monplasir, a 13 year old gelding who was unhurt in the accident.

Maxime Debost was a young enthusiast, in love with  competition from a very young age. After starting with Olivier Phelut from Clermont-Ferrand, Maxime continued his training with Pascal Leroy in Toulouse. He had acquired at his home the horses,  Ithaurel and Mage Mail, which he had brought with him to Karim Laghouag in the Paris region. With Karim, he will reach the very high level and was long listed for the French team.   In 2010 hhe ran his first CCI4 * in Pau where he finished twentieth.

In 2012, he set off on his own and settles in his own stables with Marie Gouellö, his companion, a professional rider, also dressed in the national sheepfold of Rambouillet. Together they will have a little boy Raphael.

Maxime was a talented rider, trainer of young horses and young riders. He has produced Terracota Mail, Plaisir du Trapassou, Capito VD Linderbergh and then Qurt de Montplaisir, who had become his leading horse.

In addition to his twentieth place at the CCI4 * of Pau in 2010, Maxime was thirty-second of the CCI3 * of Boekelo and then ranked in the internationals of Saumur, Jardy or Fontainbleau. Last year, he finished second in the CIC3 * of Haras du Pin.

​Two statements have been released. The first, from the FEI reads as follows;
It's with the deepest regret that we announce that Mr Maxime Debost suffereda fatal accident while competing at the international horse trial CCI 1* Chateaubriant, at 12 am on Saturday 23rd of September. Mr Maxime Debost, aged of 30 years old, was in relationship with Marie Gouëllo, with one child Raphaël. Mr Maxime Debost’s horse, Qurt de Montplaisir, a 13 year old . The
rotational fall occured on fence 11 on the XC Course.

Each and every FEI international competition is organised with the utmost care for the horses’ and riders’ safety and welfare. Mr Pascal Leborgne, the president of the jury of CCI 1* of Chateaubriant, declared:”in very rare occurrences, a rider loses his life during a three day event. The loss is a tragedy. In this sad occasion, The organising committee and the eventing world offers Maxime Debost’s family their thoughts and prayers."

The event organisers also released a statement.
After consultation with the FFE, the FEI and the riders' representatives, the organizing committee Castel Compétitions Equestres has decided to abandon the cross-country events today Saturday 23 September. We have assembled the Crisis Staff to determine what is the best thing to do in this type of situation.

As Michel Asseray told us, there is no right or wrong decision in this case and here is a message from Yves Després, the chairman of the organizing committee who will present to you the options that will ultimately be yours.

"First of all, in my name and in that of all the members and volunteers of the association, to associate myself with the pain of the relatives and your riders and friends of Maxime.

It was decided to cancel the amateur events that are held on the Amateur Day 1 and Amateur Elite.

As for the other events, it is proposed to maintain them with the training of the amateur tests scheduled tonight, as well as the test of CSO of the CIC 2 * at 17:30. For the CCI 1 *, it is proposed to the remaining riders who wish it to take the start of the cross at 9.00a.m.

The remainder of the program remains unchanged. The other CIC 2* and Sunday Amateur events will remain on schedule.""

Grand Prix wishes to offer their condolences to the family and friends of Maxime. French eventing has lost a much loved competitor.


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