Jul 25, 2019 | Show Stories

Matt Archer and Monseigneur  PC: Captured Moment Photography

Monseigneur, or ‘Monster’ as he is affectionately referred to, hasn’t been in California for long but he is quickly proving to be a solid partner with his rider Matt Archer. Owned by Rhys Farms, LLC, who have several talented jumpers under the training and care of Shady Lane Farm, this European redhead is not only talented but he is also strikingly handsome. 

A 7-year old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Monster is looking to follow in the footsteps of his famous sire, Halifax. With Archer, he’s had success in the 7-year old Young Jumper division as well as some 1.35m/1.40m classes. Seems this dynamic duo has a bright future, at the Young  Jumper Championships and beyond. 

In Monster’s Young Jumper Profile below Archer shares the personality behind the name and why he’s a #YoungJumperStar!


Matt Archer and Monseigneur are all smiles after competing on the grass at Blenheim



Monster looking stylish and ready to jump



What is Monster’s breeding? Where was he bred and who bred him?

Gelding by Halifax van het Kluizebos, ridden by Lorenzo de Luca. He was bred in Belgium. 

How long have you been riding Monster?

Since February 2019. 

If he were a celebrity, who would he be and why?

The late and great Anthony Bourdain. He loves people, food, and travel! Monster has a fantastic way of seeing the world. 

Would he rather eat or compete?

Compete…although he does pound on his stall door when it’s feeding time. 

If he were a car, what would they be and why?

BMW M5. He’s a little too big to be a coupe, but he has a ton of quality and he’s fun to drive. 

What are Monster’s goals in life?

His goal is to jump as big as he possibly can!  There is nothing that he thinks he can’t do.