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Horse: 5 family activities

In 1863, on the beach reconverted into a galloping track for the time of a tide, the start of the very first Deauville horse race was sounded. Today, Deauville is naturally considered to be the equestrian capital of France. Many champions have taken up residence inDeauville, like Kevin Staut, Olympic champion, and Jean-Claude Rouget, one of the best French coaches. He describes the city as the “Silicon Valley of the horse”. All the champions train inDeauville, why not you?

1. Family walking tour


Enjoy a special moment together! The Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville offers an activity to live with the family to learn the basics of horse riding. To participate, no level is required: the route is 100% on foot and is for people who have never ridden. For an hour, parents and children will take part in a fun handling course with the equine in hand and succeed in small challenges. Furthermore, this animation provides an introductory polo test with maneuvers taught to handle the mallet.

2. Make a pony baptism


The initiation to the baby pony is much more than a simple baptism. Accessible from 2 years, it is a whole familiarization with the universe of the horse: specific vocabulary, grooming material, learning of rider reflexes ... The inDeauville equestrian centers offer baptisms adapted to each child and all taught with teaching methods and fun! Depending on your length of stay and your child's wishes, you can choose between a quick 5-minute baptism (at least Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville and Horse Club Feeder) and a more in-depth course of 30 minutes to 1 hour (at Manoir stud farm, Au Blonville-sur-Mer Equestrian Center and Bellifontaines stables).


3. Take part in a pony treasure hunt


Unique experience: a treasure hunt Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville ! Accompanied by his parents, the child becomes a budding detective on a pony's back. Clues to find, puzzles to solve and objects to recover, the little agility course allows the youngest to learn while having fun and parents to accompany them in their first steps as riders. At the end of the course, the child is awarded a "PICdétective" diploma.

4. Learn to polo with your family


Unique in Normandy, the polo school offers private initiations for families. The course is open to everyone, adults and children, beginners as well as experienced riders and people who have never ridden. Within the great arena of Longines International Horse Center - Deauville, Evrard de Spa, founder of the polo school, teaches the techniques of this renowned Argentine sport inDeauville: handling the mallet, approaching the ball, gestures and actions of playing on foot. The first phase of the initiation is done on a wooden horse, in order to assimilate the basic rules of polo and its safety, then on a horse or a polo pony.

5. Visit and tasting at Haras d'Ecajeul


Take the road to Haras d'Ecajeul for a guided tour of the heart of its facilities and meet Jean-Luc and Isabelle, the owners. It all starts in the courtyard, with a presentation of the Pays d'Auge and the quality of its terroir for breeding. During the visit, the entire life cycle of the horse is explained (mating, birth in spring, training, racing) as well as the riding trades. But what is most appealing is the original and famous method used by Jean-Luc for cleaning: the method of whisperers, revealed in the film "The man who whispered in the ears of horses". The visit ends with a taste of local products and pastries concocted by Isabelle.


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Eat near horses


Between La Mangeoire Club Hippique and mini-golf, the restaurant The terrace faces the Etablissement des Bains, a stone's throw from the famous Planches de Deauville. Located on a large sheltered terrace surrounded by horses, this brasserie offers a traditional menu.

At the brewery The Grand Manège du Longines International Horse Center - Deauville, lunch is taken by the slopes, with a panoramic view of horse training. You can taste simple and homemade dishes such as the goat omelette and the Fish and Chips.

inDeauville, it is also possible to picnic next to the horses! Tables arranged on theMarais picnic area face the meadow of the Blonville-sur-Mer Equestrian Center.

Sleeping in a stud farm


You can also spend a night at Haras d'Ecajeul, which has 3 bedrooms for 2 to 8 people. A unique opportunity to sleep surrounded by horses and see them from the terrace of the house for breakfast.

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