and you have to become one with your horse.
On the Afghan steppes, they play bouzkachi1, on the Argentine pampas, pato2, and in the vineyard-covered hills of Bordeaux’s Saint-Emilion region, horse-ball. Invented by a handful of enthusiasts in the late 1970s, this equestrian sport is a mixture of rugby and basketball.
Among the aficionados who drew up the rules are several of Benjamin’s relatives in the Depons family. The future Business development manager at Bouygues Immobilier competed in his first horse-ball matches when he was only eight.
Today, between international competitions and training with the Bordeaux-Blanzac team, horse-ball fills up all his weekends. “It’s a group sport that requires real team spirit, and you have to become one with your horse,” explains Benjamin.
And, as you may guess, his trophy cabinet is well stocked up. Overall, he has two French champion titles, two Champions league titles, followed by the Holy Grail of the sport - the 2008 World Cup and the 2013 European Cup. And his latest exploit? A new title during the France Pro elite championships organised at Jardy in 2016.
However, this consuming passion does not encroach on his professional life, whose reins are firmly gripped in his hands. “My training is scheduled around my working hours, not the opposite. And if there is a match, I take some of the paid leave days I’m entitled to.” Benjamin keeps a tight rein when it comes to principles.
not the opposite.