August 29, 2018

Deauville Cheval / The polo paradise

Meeting with Jean-Edouard Mazery and Francisco "Pancho" Bensadon

Their names are engraved on the prestigious Coupe d'Or, the legendary trophy of the Deauville polo season. Jean-Edouard Mazery continues to hit the ball, while presiding over the destiny of the Deauville International Polo Club.Francisco "Pancho" Bensadon, professional player with the In The Wings team, takes part in the final of the 2018 edition, alongside his son, Rufino. The players help us understand what makes Deauville so famous in the world of Polo.

The magic of Deauville is that it's the only town in the world where you can see horses running at the same time as playing polo in the center of a racecourse.


The first polo matches were played in Deauville as early as 1880. The club was founded in 1907 by Baron Robert de Rothschild, Captain Joubert and the Duc de Gramont. The grounds already occupied the heart of the Touques racecourse! Thanks to the Coupe d'Or, instituted by François André in 1950, Polo à Deauville is the only French tournament, and one of only three major European tournaments, to boast a prize list that includes the names of all the greatest players of the last six decades. Since the first edition was won in 1951 by Cibao La Pampa, most of the polo gods - the famous 10-handicap players - have trodden the fields of the Deauville-La Touques racecourse with their horses.

Horseback riding in Deauville

In Deauville, the alleys are cavalier and the houses are named after the best gallopers. It is one of the few places where you can take your horse for a weekend or play polo all year round. You can also buy a horse together, meet the best jockeys in the world, learn acrobatics, gallop on the beach in the early morning, train with an equestrian pro back from the Olympic Games.
These are stories that are shared daily and passed on for the pleasure of thousands of visitors who have been choosing Deauville for years.
Being a horse capital in Deauville means living all these stories and leaving with the pleasure of having touched a whole world.


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Résidence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first-aid post)
14800 Tourgéville
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