Christophe Ferland grew up among horses. He was born in Chantilly. His father was a jockey who became head lad. Christophe Ferland has always been attracted to this world… However, he perfectly knew that his size would not allow him to follow in his father’s footsteps. It was therefore natural for Christophe Ferland to intend to be a horse racing trainer. He chose to study on the other side of the Channel, in the homeland of thoroughbred horse racing.
Apprenticeship at “Sir Mark”
His ﬁrst experience was at the Lambourn training center, where he worked for two famous professionals – Charlie Mann and Peter Walwyn. This ﬁrst apprenticeship allowed him to apply for an assistant job at Mark Prescott successfully. Mark Prescott was one of the most titled trainers in Newmarket, which is a Mecca for ﬂat races in the United Kingdom.
After two years in collaboration with « Sir Mark », Christophe joined a young British trainer recently settled in Chantilly, Richard Gibson. He was assistant and travelling head lad for 9 years. This was a position which involved many responsibilities and brought him to escort champions such as Doctor Dino and Lune d’Or to the USA, Hong-Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Spain, Italy… and even in Kazakhstan.
A tremendous start
At the end of 2007, Christophe Ferland set up his own business with around twenty horses and the support of many owners of his former boss. He chose the training center in La Teste, not far from Bordeaux, for its climate and its localization in the heart of a region with rich race programs. In January 2008, his first runner appeared in the programs and he got his first winner three months later. His career advanced at a dazzling pace at once : 10 winners during his first season and a number of horses that doubled two years later. Less than three years after obtaining his licence, he reached the apotheosis of first Group win, closely followed by two Group 1 titles ! These three trophies have been brought home by the same horse, the phenomenal Dabirsim. He had been purchased for only 30 000€ at the yearling sales and realized an exceptional career as a two year old. Indeed, he remained undefeated in five races, including the Prix Morny Gr.1, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère Gr.1, and also the Prix Cabourg Gr.3.
2011 – the entry into the big league
The year 2011 was a real turning point in Christophe Ferland’s career. Indeed, Christophe Ferland saw his string exceed 80 horses while continuing to obtain impressive success rates : 70% of his horses earn a check, and one win every 5 races !
A new step was taken in 2013 with 7 Listed and Group victories for the stable won by 7 different horses. These victories allowed Christophe Ferland to burst into the top 10 of French trainers, after only six years of experience.
This is a ranking which he seems determined to maintain and even improve !
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