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Michel Bertraneu Obituary-Death; French Olympian Michel Bertraneu Has Passed Away.

The French Equestrian Federation regretfully declared on December 10, 2023, that rider Michel Bertraneu of the French Olympic dressage squad had died. His age was 74 years.

Gaillard K, a French Anglo Arab gelding by Venutar born in 1972, was the dressage horse that launched Bertraneu’s career.

The two participated in competitions in the early 1980s, with the Frenchman making his debut at the European Dressage Championships in Aachen.

They returned to the squad for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. It was getting near to the start date when the two-stop flight took off, and the weather in Los Angeles was scorching. Due to the exhausting nature of the trip, Gaillard K was deemed unfit and was removed.

Due to this, France was eliminated from the team competition, leaving just three pairs: Dominique D’Esme on Fresh Wind, Margit Otto-Crepin on Crapici.

The pair had a lengthy career competing at the international Grand Prix level. They were considered for the 1988 Seoul Olympics but were not selected for the team. They rejoined the team two years later at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, where they placed 56th in the Grand Prix and sixth as a team.

Following Gaillard’s retirement, Bertraneu proceeded with FEI horses including One More, Voyou, Silvermoon, and Rendez-Vous. He was included on the short list for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona with Silvermoen.

Bertraneu was a highly sought-after coach as well. The most well-known of his pupils is Jean-Pierre Blanco, a Saumur native who currently serves as the French eventing team’s dressage trainer. Michel worked with rider Karim Laghouag in events and regarded Patrick Le Rolland as a mentor. Le Rolland served as the Olympic team trainer for France in 1984.

Since 2012, Michel has operated a dressage stable in Chaumont-sur-Tharonne with his former spouse Delphne. Delphine was an amateur student when she first came to Michel’s stable to take lessons, but she soon abandoned her studies to pursue her dream of being a nurse, becoming an apprentice and then a licensed instructor. At the international medium tour level, Delphine has participated in Baccara van Weltevreden and Love and Peace Astola. Following a twenty-year relationship that ended in divorce, Michel’s presence around the arena decreased.

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