Jean Cézard, the general engineer of bridges, water and forests, has been appointed Director General of IFCE (Institut français du chevel et de l’équitaton) – French institute of horses and horse riding by a decree of the President of the Republic as of January 12, 2017. The 50-year-old Jean Cézard was the regional Director for food, agriculture and forests (DRAAF) in Normandie from 2013 to 2017 and will now serve the equine industry in France.

With 820 officers, the IFCE conducts activities in applied research, systems support, training and the transmission of French equestrian heritage throughout the territory for the benefit of professionals, local authorities, the State, and everyone involved with horses – including breeding – and horse riding.

Cézard graduated as an agricultural engineer from the Polytechnic of Lorraine in 1992, with post-graduate studies in tropical agriculture, the analysis of political economics, and agricultural economic. For nearly 30 years he has served as a volunteer with the Scouts and Guides of France