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The gallop In 1863, the very first Deauville horse race was run on the beach, which had been converted into a galloping track for the duration of a tide... The history of Deauville, since the creation of the resort under the Second Empire, has been so closely linked to the horse that today the town is naturally considered the equestrian capital of France. Under the impetus of the visionary Duc de Morny, the horse asserted its supremacy in the small town of "Dosville" right from the start: once the marshes had been drained, the construction of the racecourse (1864) preceded the building of Saint-Augustin church. And from the mid-1860s, horse racing at the La Touques racecourse helped to give the town its letters of nobility. The inauguration of the Clairefontaine racecourse in 1928 further enhanced Deauville's reputation in the equestrian world. The "kingdom of elegance", so dear to Morny, could not prosper without the support of Man's noblest companion...
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Trotting Trotting races have been part of the Clairefontaine racecourse program since 1932, four years after its inauguration. Today, Clairefontaine is one of the few tri-disciplinary racecourses: trotting is featured for three days during the July meeting.
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Polo Thanks to the Coupe d'Or, instituted by François André in 1950, Deauville Polo 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 Touques racecourse with their horses and tried to be part of the Polo de Deauville prize list: the Gracida brothers, the Heguy brothers, the Diaz brothers, Alberdi, the Pieres brothers...
Sandrine Boyer-Engel
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To be able to use horses for domestic and working purposes, man first had to train them. It's fair to say that dressage is the foundation of all equestrian sports! As a discipline, it dates back to the Greeks (2,000 years ago), when it was an invaluable asset in combat. The art was lost, only to return during the Renaissance and reach its apogee in the 18th century with the opening of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna in 1729. In 1912, dressage became one of the equestrian disciplines of the Olympic Games, joining Show Jumping (CSO) and Eventing (CEE). In 1996, at the Atlanta Olympic Games, dressage was integrated into the free musical test.

Numerous competitions are held at the Pôle International du Cheval de Deauville throughout the year.

Virginie Meigné
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Show jumping Show jumping is the leading discipline in France. It accounts for over 80% of the show jumping business, in terms of competitors, events and competition entries. Jump'in Deauville - Grand National, part of the elite Grand National FFE show jumping circuit, welcomes France's top riders to the Pôle International du Cheval, a must for all equestrian sports enthusiasts.

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Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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14113 Villerville
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14800 Touques
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14800 Tourgéville
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