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7 equestrian experiences in Paris region

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just passionate about horses, here’s a selection of 7 equestrian experiences to enjoy now.
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Horse lovers are invited to the Paris Region in 2024 for the Olympic Games!

Based on 3 disciplines, the Paris 2024 equestrian events will take place in the splendid Estate of Versailles, equipped to an exceptional standard for the occasion. For show jumping, dressage and eventing, the equestrian world has found the most beautiful setting to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris!

While waiting for this international event, you can enjoy famous horse races, walks, horse shows and unique tours. Paris Region invites you to saddle up!

Horsing about at the trade show

The Paris Horse Show is held every December at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition complex. For over 40 years, this show has been the leading equestrian event in France, with 270 exhibitors and the opportunity to attend the Arabian Horse World Championship and the Longines Masters of Paris, both of which are among the most unmissable and prestigious competitions there are.

Workshops and beginner sessions top off the programme. You’ll be an equestrian expert in no time!

A walk, a trot... and a jump!

Women dressed to the nines, tourists and families alike come together at the Paris region’s racecourses to place a bet or simply enjoy the unique atmosphere.

All year round, you can attend exceptional equestrian events such as the Prix de l’Etoile Harness Trot Race in September at the Hippodrome de Vincennes racecourse and the famous Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

The Hippodrome de la Solle racecourse in Fontainebleau is among the oldest in France. In July, it’s the venue for the Grand Prix Classic and in November it’s used for the Grand Steeple-Chase. So get out your binoculars, you’re in for a wild time!

Horse rides through magnificent natural surroundings

Au pas, au trot ou au galop, vivez pleinement les grands espaces du parc naturel du Gâtinais Français à l’ouest de Paris et ses sentiers équestres balisés.

Traversez les rivières, découvrez des sites historiques comme Courances et son magnifique château, Milly-la-Forêt… Et pour profiter du paysage sans vous stresser, n’oubliez pas de :

Whether you walk, trot or gallop, you can enjoy the vast open spaces of the Gâtinais Français Nature Park to the west of Paris and its signposted bridle paths.

Randonnée équestre, Parc naturel régional du Gâtinais français
Regional Natural Park of the Gâtinais français

Cross rivers, discover historic sites such as Courances and its magnificent castle, Milly-la-Forêt, etc. And in order to enjoy the landscape stress-free, don’t forget to:

Download your free map of circular equestrian routes

Maisons-Laffitte: no need to rein it in

Discover “Horse City” on horseback! Horse Holidays France and their team of professional riders will accompany you on discovery rides, explorations, riding sessions or carriage rides.

Let your steed and chaperone be your guides as you enjoy the enchanting setting of this historic French city.

Horse Holidays, centre de randonnées équestres, Maisons-Laffitte.
Horse Holidays France

Time to hoof it

Cultival reveals the secrets of the Republican Guard. In the company of your guide, discover the 19th-century barracks and training site used by these skilled riders in the heart of Paris.

Immerse yourself in the daily life of the 1st Squadron, its cavalry band and its 140 horses. You will learn that both riders and horses must meet specific criteria.

You can attend their daily training session in the magnificent Eiffel-type arena. A unique and educational visit indeed.

Guided tour of the French Republican Guard - Célestins barracks

Behind the scenes at Versailles’ Royal Stables

Versailles, with its Hall of Mirrors, gardens and more, provides the chance for a majestic deep dive into the history of France. Top off your visit by exploring the royal stables which now house the Equestrian Academy of Versailles.

Carrousel
Equestrian Academy of Versailles

A unique “ballet company” created by the famous equerry Bartabas, every Saturday and Sunday the Academy presents La Voie de l’écuyer (The Way of the Equerry) in the magnificent Grande Écurie wooden riding arena which combines different artistic disciplines in a baroque equestrian ballet like no other. The performance is followed by a tour of the stables.

Show - Way of the Equerry - The Equestrian Academy of Versailles

Equestrian theatre

Attending an equestrian show under the wooden roof of the Zingaro Theatre, where man and horse commune in ways orchestrated by the famous Bartabas (yes, him again) is an absolute must.

The curtain rises and the majestic stallions come on stage. You hear the muffled sound of hooves on the sand, a gentle neigh and then the music starts: the prelude to a show that is full of poetry with a sense of freedom.

CABARET DE L'EXIL
Cabaret de l'exil

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