Jean François Pignon is famous for his breath taking displays with his horses, which he has now been performing for over 25 years.
One day, when Jean Francois was nine, he went out with his father to find a horse for a friend of his. They came across a strange looking young mare in bad condition, with very long legs. Jean Francois' father did not look twice at her, but the filly stuck by his son's side, and they ended up taking her home. She was named Gazelle, due to her long legs.
From the beginning, there was an extraordinary link between the Jean Francois and Gazelle. They used to play for hours and even go to school together. After escorting many rides in the family-owned business, he built up a company with his brother where they acted the roles of circus riders and acrobats in riding shows. Together they took part in riding scenes from different films.
Gazelle had a foal who was named Salsa. She became an integral part of the show that has come to define the frenchman.
Jean Francois performs with his horses "in libery" - they wear no tack and appear to do as he commands with no visible cues. Jean Francois takes his natural methods and techniques around the world giving demonstrations and teaching understanding of the horse.
His shows revolve around the trust bond he demonstrates with his beutiful horses.