Nicolas Wettstein was born on March 30th 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. Nicolas holds three passports and has chosen to compete for Ecuador in 2011 after having represented Switzerland at the top level for over 10 years. Nicolas speaks 5 languages: French, German, Swiss-German, English and Spanish.

 Framoni Stud

Framoni comes from the contraction of 3 first names: FRA for Frank Wettstein, MO for Monique Deyme and NI for Nicolas Wettstein. Monique Deyme : "My mother. She is my coach and my trainer in Jumping and Cross-Country as well as being my sponsor! She rode at international level in Eventing in the 80s and recently released a book: “ Eventing: User’s guide” (2010). She is the breeder of all FRAMONI horses."

 

PICTURE OF FAME

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Nicolas Wettstein was born on March 30th 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. Nicolas holds three passports and has chosen to compete for Ecuador in 2011 after having represented Switzerland at the top level for over 10 years. Nicolas speaks 5 languages: French, German, Swiss-German, English and Spanish.
After studying Economical Sciences in Fribourg University, Nicolas graduated from the prestigious Hospitality Management School of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ever Since, Nicolas has been following 2 distinct careers simultaneously, one as a professional Eventer and the second as the western Switzerland representative of one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company.
Nicolas had always been keen on pushing back the limits. Sport is all his life. He took up horse-riding at age 4, while he played tennis and also competed in athletics. At age 11, with 3 time consuming sports Nicolas had to make a choice. It would be Horse-Riding from now on.

Early years

Nicolas started pony competitions in 1990 and took part in his first national championships in both Show-Jumping and Eventing. He started competing in international show-jumping Pony classes in 1995 (CSIP). Nicolas then moved on to horses and rapidly qualified for European Eventing Championships Young Riders (CSIJ).
Simultaneously, Nicolas obtained his first rankings in CSO 140cm Young Riders and also got selected for the European Eventing Championships. This was the turning point for Nicolas who decided to quit Show-Jumping and to concentrate on Eventing, rapidly progressing towards the sport’s elite.
Nicolas met with success from the very beginning of high level International competitions, and his exemplary regularity got him a place as the reserve rider for Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Athens (Greece) in 2004. Nicolas was only 23 year old.
After the Olympic Games and Cap du Tremblay ‘s retirement, Nicolas went through a long and difficult phase as he had no horses ready for top level. Nicolas focused on building young horses from family stud FRAMONI and successfully took part in numerous Eventing Young Horses Finals. Slowly, Nicolas managed to bring two Framoni horses to the highest level and, in 2012 Onzième Framoni “Onzi”et Nadeville Merzé “Nadou” both took part in their first CCI4* in Luhmühlen (GER).
Nicolas and Nadou took part in the 50th anniversary of mythical CCI 4*Land Rover Burghley Horses Trials (GBR) finishing with a clean cross-country, whereas Onzi confirmed his good form in CCI4* in Pau (FRA). Those great performances crowned years of hard work.
In 2013, Nicolas got to 3rd place in CIC3* in Sandillon (FRA) with Nadeville. Later this year, he won his qualification to the FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy with another great performance in CCI4 * Luhmühlen (GER), for the second year in a row.
In 2014, Nicolas competes on 2 horses qualified for CCI4*.
Nadeville Merzé SF, born in 2001, bought at age 5 to a local breeder in Cluny. He is nicknamed “Nadou”. « Nadou has amazing movement but he can be quite fearful and emotional. He is always very dutiful and always tries his best for me, but he can also lose his nerves with no real explanation. He is very straight-forward but very careful on the cross-country. His canter could sometimes be better. Nadou is at his best in long tests when he can get into a rhythm. He is very scopy in show-Jumping tests but, like is the case on Cross-Country courses, he easily gets time penalties” Nicolas says about his top horse Nadeville.
Onzième Framoni, CS, was born in 2002. He is a issued from family stud “Framoni”.
Onzieme’s nickname is « Onzi».
«Onzi is a Show-Jumping superstar and a pure genious on the Cross-Country. Unfortunately, he lacks “look” in dressage and never ranks well. Hard work can partially make up for it, especially during the most challenging dressage tests. Onzi is very brave, eager and responsive but can also have just a little bit too strong a personality!” Nicolas Wettstein, about Onzi, his second horse.
Before competing at 3* and 4* level with Nadou and Onzi, Nicolas had already competed at the highest level with Cap du Tremblay whith whom he got selected for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Nicolas also rode Family stud stallion Fandsy and the good mare Easily up to 3* level, as well as Haïfa Berence and Kourou Framoni to 2* level.
At lower level, Nicolas got great results with Camarel, Punchy Boy, Obole Framoni, and Pixel Framoni.
His first Eventing ride was Virgule a Shetland mare with whom he took part in his first French Championship in 1991 at the age of 10!