Tour of the backstage of a horse sale

At the Elie de Brignac Auction House

Enjoy a unique visit to discover the hardly accessible world of horse sales! Take a tour of the backstage of horse sales with a tour guide to retrace the history of Deauville sales, discover what buyers do and how horses are examined before heading towards the presentation ring.

Zuzanna Lupa

In the stable yards, the tour guide presents the sale catalogue which buyers consult to find the key information about the horses present including: pedigree, line of descent, performances and records. The horses out of their boxes are carefully examined by buyers before heading towards the presentation ring. There, visitors can discover handheld horses and watch how they move.

The tour ends in the auction hall, an essential stage of the auction, where everyone has a specific role. The auctioneer orchestrates the sale with the spotters that, placed around the ring, wait for buyers to make an offer.

ARQANA in a few words

Sandrine Boyer Engel

ARQANA organizes horse sales in two race disciplines: flat and trotting. These sales are held all year round in two auction sale houses: the Elie de Brignac in Deauville and the Manège Boussac of the Saint-Cloud racecourse.

Deauville is ranked first in France and second in Europe in the yearling horse auction sector. The Elie de Brignac auction sale house hosts every year three yearling (less than 2-year-old horses) sales, two on training and “ready to run” horse sales, three breeding and mixed sales and three trotter sales. One of them is the August Yearling Sale dedicated to English thoroughbred horses. It is the most prestigious sale, attracting professionals coming from all over the world.

Practical information

Price: €10 per person

Dates: on Wednesday, July 1st and Tuesday, August 18th
Departure at 3 pm.

This visit is not accessible to disabled people for safety reasons. Dogs and strollers are forbidden.


Duration of the guided tour: 30 minutes

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