In its business activities, Haras de Gouffern & de La Genevraye has linked up with I.T.C. - International Thoroughbred Consultants, a consulting agency founded by Jean-Pierre de Gasté in the 1980s, which is based in Versailles.


The agency mainly works with Middle Eastern clients and has a solid background of working in the USA and Japan. In Saudi Arabia, the organisation has managed the racing stables of several members of the Royal family. In the United Arab Emirates, it formed Al Asayl Stables, the racing operation of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates. I.T.C. also created its French arm, which includes an important breeding operation. In France, Jean-Pierre de Gasté also successfully formed and established the stable of Mahmoud Fustock (the brother-in-law of King Abdallah) which was one of the most important stables in France in the late 70s and early 80s. Drawing on a very large network in Qatar, in 2007, Jean-Pierre de Gasté was instrumental in brokering the sponsorship deal of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Qatar.

The I.T.C. team travels around the world and has been involved in the US market for many decades. For instance, in 2011, it was ranked fourth in terms of purchases at the November sales in Keeneland and Fasig Tipton (cumulative turnover).

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Bloodstock services


Racing

Creation of racing stables

  • Formulation of an adapted strategy and business plan
  • Development of the project according to the business plan
  • Recruitment of qualified partners
  • Purchase of yearlings, 2yos or horses in training

Development of already existing racing stables

  • Analysis of the situation
  • Qualifying inventory and valuation of the stock
  • Selection of the horses to keep
  • Definition of new goals
  • Enhancement of the stock

Management of racing stables

  • Qualifying inventory and valuation of the stock
  • Analysis of the results and costs
  • Follow up of the horses in training
  • Optimisation of the stock
  • Administrative and legal management

Breeding

Creation of breeding operations

  • Choosing of breeding method (with land or without land)
  • Formulation of an adapted strategy and business plan
  • Development of the project according to the business plan
  • Purchase of property or finding of a service provider
  • Qualified staff recruitment
  • Constitution of a broodmare band

Development of already existing breeding operations

  • Analysis of the situation
  • Qualifying inventory and valuation of the stock
  • Selection of the mares to keep
  • Definition of new goals
  • Enhancement of the broodmare band

Management of breeding operations

  • Qualifying inventory and valuation of the stock
  • Analysis of the results and costs
  • Optimisation of the stock
  • Analysis of pedigrees and mating advice
  • Negociation and purchase of nominations
  • Management of the stud farm (facilities and land)

Stallions

  • Choice and selection
  • Purchase
  • Syndication
  • Management of the career
  • Marketing and communication strategy
  • Sale of nominations
  • Administrative management
  • Customer relationship

Other equestriandisciplines

Endurance

I.T.C. set up and managed in France and in Dubai several teams competitive at international level for Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Rachid al Maktoum.


Show jumping

I.T.C. set up and managed the United Arab Emirates show jumping teams in France and organized different internships and training sessions with renown French professionals


Consulting


Racing industry

Equine structures

  • Equine hospital (ex : in 2014, I.T.C. was consulted on a project of building equine hospital in Abu Dhabi)
  • Tracks
  • Barns
  • Purchase of properties (racing yards, stud farms, etc.)

Marketing

  • Market research
  • Marketing strategy
  • Setting up of database
  • Statistics and researches

Communication

  • Communication strategy
  • Media relations
  • Advertising
  • Web

Agriculture

Fields of expertise

  • Horse breeding
  • Sheep and cattle breeding
  • Grain crops
  • Forestry
  • solid knowledge of institutional structures and French, as well as European administration

Studies and university knowledge

  • Study of the French agricultural model and adaptation to Bulgaria
  • Study of the French agricultural cooperatives and adaptation to Saudi Arabia

Expertise

Jean-Pierre de Gasté is expert to the Caean Appeal Court for all the cases concerning breeding and horses

He is also the author of a reference book on the thoroughbred breed : “The evolution of the contemporary prominent sire lines”

Import/exportof goods worldwide

  • Drugs et medical devices
  • Equipment
  • Feed and hay

Sponsoring & events


Sponsoring

Thoroughbred racing

  • Sponsorship of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend by Qatar
  • Sponsorship of the Prix du Jockey Club (UAE 1994-2000), Prix Jean Prat (Fustock Stable 1985-1988, UAE 2008 & 2009), Prix de Malleret (UAE 2010-2014)

Purebred Arabian racing

  • Qatar Arabian World Cup (Groupe 1 PA ran on the day of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe)
  • UAE Challenge Derby (Gr.1 PA) at Newmarket (UAE 1997-2008)
  • Prix du Président des Emirats Arabes Unis (Gr.1 PA) at Chantilly (UAE 1994-2000)
  • Prix Manganate (Gr.1 PA) and Prix Kesberoy (Gr.1 PA) at Deauville (UAE 2001-2007)
  • Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes (Gr.1 PA) (UAE 1994)

Events

I.T.C. participated in the organisation of several Endurance World Championships:

  • Closing ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Endurance World Championship 1998
  • French Endurance World Championships at Compiègne in 2000