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In 1863, on the beach reconverted into a gallop track for the time of a tide, the start of the very first Deauville horse race was sounded… The history of Deauville, since the creation of the station under the Second Empire, is so closely linked to the horse that the city is today naturally considered to be the equestrian capital of France.


Deauville, flowered beach, Romanet collectionDeauville, Fleurie beach © Collection Romanet
The first Touques racecourse © DR
Spectators at the races by © Yul Brynner


Under the leadership of the visionary Duc de Morny, the horse asserted its supremacy from the outset in the small town of “Dosville”: once the marshes had dried up, the construction of the Touques racetrack (1864) precedes the construction. of the Saint Augustine church. The inauguration of the Clairefontaine racecourse in 1928 further strengthens Deauville's reputation in the equestrian world.

Today, The La Touques and Clairefontaine racetracks attract the best horses and jockeys in the world who run for more than sixty days, having made Deauville airport the leading French airport for horse transport. To these two racetracks, we must add the Elie de Brignac auction room which hosts the famous yearling sales. In 2010, the Pôle International du Cheval came to complete the equestrian infrastructure park at Deauville.


1864: Creation of the La Touques racecourse
1899: Opening of the horse auction hall
1907: Creation of the Polo Club
1928: Creation of the Clairefontaine racecourse
1983: Opening of the training center on the La Touques racecourse
2003: Construction of an oiled fiber sand track, known as “all weather”
2005: The horse industry in Lower Normandy is labeled "Pole of competitiveness"
2010: Creation of the International Horse Pole


Over the years, the Deauville teams have acquired multidisciplinary expertise in the organization of equestrian events. Polo, show jumping, dressage, jumping, eventing, para-equestrian dressage, horse-ball… And in most disciplines, the city stood out by offering a world-renowned event. If there is an illustrious polo tournament in France, it is the Gold Cup, which closes the world championship in Deauville and displays the biggest names in international polo. Let us add to this meeting that of the Jump'in Deauville for show jumping riders, the traditional International competition of traditional teams for leaders, and the numerous national and international competitions organized at the Pôle International du Cheval. The equipment receives in particular, since its opening
in 2010, the International Para-Equestrian Dressage Competition ***, the only equestrian discipline on the Paralympic Games program; and since 2012, an international dressage competition ***. In 2013, CSIO France for juniors, young riders and children settled there.