U.S. Army soldiers of the 10th Mountain (Light Infantry) Division cautiously approach buildings in Northern Italy Metween Sassomolare and Castel d'Aiano which may house enemy German soldiers. March 4th, 1945.
Thibaut Vallette started riding early in his life, but began his professional career fairly late as he had never even competed
before the age of 28.
His first career is as a
soldier in the French army, where he has earned the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel. He started as a member of the Chasseurs Alpins, an elite
mountain infantry with which he was deployed in different war zones
during his first soldier years.
motivation to join has always been horses, as it allowed him later on to
pursue riding inside different military equestrian units, such as the
Cadre Noir, where he’s now a teacher.
Qing du Briot
is his only top level horse. The selle français gelding was bought by
his employer, the École Nationale d’Équitation, when he was 6. When Qing’s
first rider retired from eventing, he requested Thibaut Vallette to took
over the ride.
Vallette produced his first major
international performance in 2015 during the European Eventing
Championship, at the age of 41. With Qing, he won bronze in both the
individual and team competition, and thus a place in the national team for the Olympics.
In Rio, the French team earned the title of Olympic Champions, winning gold in front of Michael Jung’s Germany.
A Soldier with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) mans his fighting position during a patrol conducted May 29, 2014 in Paktia Province, Afghanistan.
Aerial Cavalrymen of 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), fly all 30 of the squadrons’ Observational Helicopter-58D Kiowa Warriors in formation over Fort Drum, N.Y. and surrounding areas. After more than 20 years at the installation, the OH-58D will be retired after a final flight July 28, 2015, as a part of the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative, which will replace the Kiowa Warriors with a combination of Attack-Helicopter 64 Apaches and unmanned aerial vehicles.
(Army Photo by Spc. Osama Ayyad, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Public Affairs Office), 27 JUL 2015.)
Members of the German Mountain Infantry Battalions during training exercises. Specializing in alpine environments, candidates considered for the units must display high stamina, endurance, physical fitness and mountaineering skills. (GRH)