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The Cadre Noir Riding School at Saumur

The training of top cavalry riders has been a speciality in Anjou since the 15th century and the time of chivalric lord René d’Anjou. Saumur’s École Nationale d’Équitation, with its Cadre Noir elite riding squad, is a centre of French equestrian excellence, as is the Haras National du Lion d’Angers, north of Angers.

The Cadre Noir Riding School at Saumur

With over 20 major national and international equestrian competitions (including eventing, dressage, carriage-driving, endurance, voltige, or mounted gymnastics), 1,000 horse-breeders, 12 racecourses, and numerous pony clubs and equestrian centres… Anjou is great horse-riding county. 

As to Saumur’s prestigious École Nationale d'Equitation (or French National Riding School), it’s home to 500 horses, seven Olympic-size manèges, state-of-the-art stables and tack-rooms, a veterinary hospital and 50km of specially laid-out tracks, making it a unique equestrian centre in Europe.

In fact, in 2011, UNESCO honoured the French horse-riding traditions and the Cadre Noir de Saumur, designating them an intangible part of  World Heritage.

The Cadre Noir is an elite French cavalry squad whose members also teach at the École Nationale d'Equitation, set on the heights a little west of Saumur town.

From the February French school holidays to 1 November, you can enjoy guided tours, presentations for the public and galas, offering all manner of ways to discover or enhance your knowledge of the equestrian world.

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