Anyone else watching 410, cross country stage of World Equestrian Games? Great variety of standards - found this which made me laugh, on the subject of the French team:

Schauly Donatien - Secular - 10 years
Didier Willefert - Escape Lane - 18
The horses Escape Lane and Secular are both owned by the French Ministry of Defense, which suggests a defense investment policy that might explain France's military performance over the past 2000 years.