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In 1863, on the beach transformed in gallop track for the time of a tide, the very first equestrian race of Deauville started…The history of Deauville, since the creation of the resort under the Second Empire, has been so closely related to horses that the city is currently considered as the equestrian capital city of France. Under the impetus of the visionary Morny Duke, the role of horses has been highlighted since the beginning in the small town of Dosville: after the marshes desiccation, the racecourse was built (1864) before the church of Saint Augustin. And since the mid-1860s, the horse races organized in the La Touques racecourse contributed to build up the prestigious reputation of the city. In 1928, the opening of the Clairefontaine racecourse strengthened the already prestigious reputation of Deauville in the equestrian world. The “elegance kingdom”, the main objective of Morny, could not prosper without the contribution of the noblest man's companion…

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Since 1932, four years after the inauguration of the Clairefontaine racecourse, trotting races were included to its program. Today, the Clairefontaine is one of the rare tri-disciplinary racecourses: trotting is celebrated for three days during the July meeting.

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When the Coupe d’Or was introduced by François André in 1950, the Polo of Deauville was the only French tournament and one of the three major European tournaments hosting the major polo players of the previous sixty years. Since Cibao La Pampa won the First Edition in 1951, most polo leaders, the famous 10-goal handicap players, have been playing polo in the Touques racecourse to win the Deauville Polo competition: some of their names are Gracida, Heguy, Diaz, Alberdi, Pieres etc.

Sandrine Boyer-Engel
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To be able to use horses for domestic and working purposes, men had to start training them. Dressage is so considered the basis of all equestrian sports! As a discipline, it dates back to the ancient Greek period (2,000 years ago): at that time dressage was a considerable asset during fighting. This art was abandoned and resumed at the time of the Renaissance, reaching its peak during the XVIII century, with the opening of the Spanish equestrian school in Vienna in 1729. In 1912, dressage became one of the equestrian disciplines of the Olympic Games, and was included to the show-jumping competition and Eventing (CEE). In 1996, the freestyle to music dressage became a discipline during the Olympic Games of Atlanta.

Several competitions are organized at the International Equestrian Complex throughout the year.

Virginie Meigné
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Show-jumping is the major equestrian discipline in France, representing more than 80% of the racing activity, both in terms of competitors and competitions. The Jump'in Deauville - Grand National, making part of the elite circuit of the "Grand National FFE de saut d'obstacles", welcomes every year the best French jockeys at the International Equestrian Complex, essential step for all lovers of equestrian sports.