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Martin Douzant

Martin finds talent: Martin Douzant is from Vaucluse, located in the heart of Provence in the south of France. Who knows which direction four-year-old Martin’s life might have taken were it not for a chance meeting with a paint pony named Paquerette during a family vacation. It was love at first sight, if not flat out obsession, and after just one ride Martin’s fate was sealed. The Douzant family returned from their summer vacation and promptly enrolled Martin in the local pony school.

France’s curriculum for developing horses and riders is classical, correct, and standardized. Martin’s passion for horses combined with his intense work ethic flourished in this environment; he trained or competed every day of the week. At a young age, Martin discovered his remarkable ability to identify talent in young horses before they began training and to develop their natural talent through patience and consistency.

Martin knew at this young age that he would dedicate his life to horsemanship. By middle school, Martin’s evident talents secured him a place in Sport Études de Castelnaudary, the illustrious equestrian high school in Toulouse. In college, Martin specialized in business management for sporting enterprises. He simultaneously earned France’s official BEES First Degree certification, the essential French riding instructor certification. Martin then moved to Scotland to work for and train under Olympic medalist and eventing legend Ian Stark.

Upon his return to France in 2009, Martin opened the doors of The Frame Sport Horses, a business focusing on young horse development. He scoured the breeding farms of Europe to find young, talented horses that he could develop at the start of their careers. Martin realized the need for well-bred, well-trained European horses in the United States. Martin connected with Patricia and David Vos, who asked him to first work with them at Tebogo Sport Horses and introduced Martin to Virginia’s riding community. By establishing an operation in the United States with deep knowledge and experience starting young horses, as well as furthering the classical education of both horses and riders, Martin was able to open the doors of The Frame Sport Horses USA in early 2015 in The Plains, Virginia.

Joe DeSantis

Originally from Pennsylvania, Joe’s background is in the jumpers. He has shown all over the East Coast and spent several years working for Spy Coast Farm in Kentucky. Joe has a special interest in working with young horses which is what brought him to The Frame Sport Horses in 2020 to work with and learn from Martin.

As associate trainer and young horse program director at The Frame Sport Horses, Joe’s primary responsibilities include backing and starting; working all the young horses who are not currently competing, the OTTBs, and young horses who aren’t yet being ridden by their owners.

With very similar backgrounds and philosophies in training, managing, even business management, Joe and Martin come from the same school of thought when it comes to training horses.

Horsemanship | Respect | Growth


  • I bought my horse, Chris’s Symphony from Tebogo Sport Horses when Martin was working there for Patricia Vos. Martin was great- very professional and honest about the horses he showed me.

    Margaret Nash

       Horse Owner

  • The jump chute clinic was super fun and instructive. I look forward to bringing my horse again and thought the experience was wonderful for both of us!

    Cynthia Heidt

       Clinic Participant

  • Silvio Pappalardo

    My riding has gone from finishing Horse Trials at the bottom of the pack at BN, to averaging in the top third, in the ribbons and safely moving up to Training within two years of just riding on the weekends. To put this in perspective, I started riding at 40 and don’t have the equestrian foundation most adult riders do. Martin’s keen eye and ability to coach rider to the horse is excellent. Compounded with Ashley’s finishing touches both on and off the horse and you have a recipe for success and achieving your goals.

    Silvio Pappalardo

       Horse Owner & Training Client

  • Martin is fantastic! I brought my 4-year-old Friedman sport horse, Glory, to him to be backed and trained under saddle. Prior to my buying her 9 months earlier she was never socialized and hadn’t been handled much, so I was a little apprehensive as to how the next step of her training would go. Martin was outstanding with her and she quickly progressed from round pen to ring to hacking out within a week. He explained his process step by step to me and what it would teach her. He would arrange her training sessions around my schedule when I was able to come which I really appreciated. In addition to his stellar training process, Martin is just a genuinely kind, good person who is very welcoming and took exceptional care of Glory while she was there. Glory has been home several weeks and has been a dream in the ring and out on the trail. I couldn’t have asked for a better training experience or result.

    Maggie Graham

       Horse Owner

  • David and Patricia Vos

    Years ago when seeking help with our OTTB retraining and sales business we were fortunate enough to have Martin apply. It took all of five minutes watching him ride one of our sensitive prospects to know how fortunate we were to have him join us. When Martin formed The Frame we were one of their first clients – and to this day when we need training assistance with one of our young horses we turn to Martin. His excellent horsemanship, exemplary program, and diligent work ethic are superb, not to mention he somehow manages to be both incredibly professional and tons of fun. Working with him is consistently productive and delightful.

    David and Patricia Vos


  • I’ve known Martin for several years and have been impressed with his knowledge and hard work he puts into the horses. I’ve had Martin help me break and train a couple of your horses and it was a very rewarding experience.

    Mary Ann Ghadban

       Training Client

  • I worked for Martin as a groom for a very short time, about 2 years ago.  Martin was fantastic to work with.  Martin is very talented and really knows how to pull the best qualities out of his horses.  I had a fantastic time working with him.  He genuinely cared when he asked about your opinions and thoughts about certain situations.  He was also a patient and kind trainer.  He treated all the horses as if they were is own. I still follow The Frame on Facebook and enjoy seeing the success that Martin is having.

    Allison Guidry

       Training Client

  • Martin is a great horse person. Martin started both of my young horses from the ground up and they came back to me well educated, confident and safe to ride. Martin is an excellent trainer and rider and I would be happy to have him on any of my horses. He is also an honest, forthright business person that I trust to represent horses accurately.

    Paige Cade

       Training Client

  • Martin is very professional and easy to work with.  Very accessible for questions and responds quickly.  They are quality trainers that have quality horses.  I have the highest regards for Martin.

    Catherine Rochester

       Training Client

  • We recently purchased a young horse from The Frame Sport Horses and what a truly wonderful experience it was! When looking to purchase a horse, there is the potential for it to be a stressful experience – a hard-pressure sell, uncertainty about the horse’s background and experience. Yet every time we looked at one of Martin’s horses, my family and I remarked on what a relaxed and enjoyable experience it was.  Never once did we feel pressured or rushed in the slightest. Our trainer and vet both found him to be extremely knowledgeable and a true delight to work with as well.  It was apparent he has a great deal of integrity and there was never a doubt that his ultimate desire was not to simply sell a horse, but rather to ensure we found the best fit for our daughter. The horse we purchased, which is one Martin hand-picked, is an absolute pleasure to have in our barn and truly exceeds our expectations. We would refer fellow equestrians to The Frame Sport Horses again and again!

    Ann Martin

       Horse Owner

  • I had a very difficult big young horse, who had thrown a few trainers.  I searched the local area and found Martin who, without a doubt, had the quietest aids!  I chose him to train my young horse and I have never been disappointed.  He has done an excellent job of taming the beast, who will always be a challenge – but not for Martin. As a rider and trainer, he is talented, patient and remains calm in very difficult situations – unflappable, even at a show with 6 horses to ride back to back.  Martin is a joy to work with, highly skilled as a trainer with a nice sense of humor and a willingness to fit in when schedules change.  I have had horses in training with Martin for over 2 years, he is wonderful and incredibly hard working. My four-year old, who had only been jumping for six weeks with Martin riding him, went to Upperville this year and received the reserve champion for the 4-5yr old division.  Having worked in the Virginia horse industry for 30 years, I consider him one of the best trainers.

    Georgina Price-Spencer

       Horse Owner & Training Client

  • Kate Simmeth

    Martin has done just a super job preparing my Training Level event horse for sale.  His attention to detail and focus on the horse’s individual needs is outstanding and backed up by a wealth of education and experience.  Martin’s ride is always calm and focused, he has a plan and a program for each horse that is a classical progression which builds the strength, understanding, confidence and knowledge the horse needs to succeed.  I am most impressed!!

    Kate Simmeth

       Horse Owner

  • Melanie Voght

    Martin Douzant is an excellent trainer, he truly considers the horse and at the same time makes the horse rideable for the owner.

    Melanie Voght

       Training Client

  • Amy Potter

    Martin is a top notch trainer with a strength in bringing along horses and riders correctly with a solid foundation. He’s patient and kind to both horse and rider, extremely knowledgeable, and offers high quality care to his boarders. He’s both a great rider and teacher with good communication skills. It’s a lighthearted atmosphere with serious horsemanship–best combo!

    Amy Potter

       Horse Owner

  • Silvio Pappalardo

    I brought my 5-year-old OTTB to The Frame Sport Horses in early 2015 and watched as Martin transformed him into a 2-time American Eventing Championship qualifier with finishes at 12th and 20th (only due to my rider errors). Oddly enough, it was Martin who had re purposed my OTTB at another facility.  Martin’s system, patience, skills and innate horsemanship are the pillars of The Frame’s excellent program.

    Silvio Pappalardo

       Horse Owner & Training Client

  • Beth Zeilinski

    Finding Martin has been a turning point in my riding career. As an adult rider moving to a new area, I found it hard to find a program that suited both my horse and me. I had lost confidence and felt out of the game. A few months training with The Frame got me back into the show ring and completing my first recognized event! Martin excels both at flatwork and jumping exercises. My mare can be sensitive, and he was quick to figure her out and come up with a program that suited both her and my needs. He understands the importance of establishing a solid foundation and has the skills necessary to work with both horses and riders to make it happen.

    Beth Zeilinski

       Training Client

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