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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.

However, his 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.

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Farewell old friend, you served well.

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.)