It was a glorious summer's morning for members of NetworkIrlande, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, ABIE and Chambre de Commerce France-Canada as they arrived at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil for the annual Lunch at the Races on Wednesday 14th June.
Now In its 6th year, this event is one of the highlights of the NetworkIrlande calendar, providing an excellent opportunity for our members to meet and exchange with other international business networks in Paris and to entertain clients while enjoying the races in the wonderful setting of the Hippodrome d’Auteuil, one of the best known race courses in France since its construction in 1873.
The day began at 11.00 with a guided tour of this formidable course by France Galop before the races got underway. Having cleared the final jump members then joined the President of NetworkIrlande, M. Richard Dujardin (CEO, TRANSDEV France) and the President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, M. Olivier Campenon, for the pre-lunch aperitif.
Richard Dujardin extended a warm welcome to all those present before introducing M. Guy de Fontaines, Head of Owner Development at France Galop. Guy gave some insights into the horse racing industry in France and spoke of the passion for horseracing shared by France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia. M. Olivier Campenon, President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, concluded the cocktail, thanking all those who had played a role in the organisation of the event.
A delicious three-course lunch followed, during which the team from France Galop were on hand to assist attendees as they placed their bets. Many members gathered on the balcony to watch the races between courses and the excitement was, as always, palpable as the horses and riders galloped past the stand. Following the races a visit to the enclosure was proposed for all those who wished to see the runners of the day at close quarters.
NetworkIrlande wishes to thank all those who attended the Lunch at the Races, including those lady members who participated at the first “Women in Business” table. A very special word of thanks also goes to our Pioneer Members TRANSDEV and EY FRANCE for their wonderful support, to our co-organisers the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, Australian Business in Europe and France-Canada Chambre de Commerce and finally to France Galop for their warm hospitality.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Hippodrome d’Auteuil in 2018!