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Backstage tour of a horse sale

At the Salle Elie de Brignac

Take advantage of a unique visit to discover the closed world of horse sales! Accompanied by a guide, go behind the scenes of a sale during which, by retracing the history of the auctions in Deauville, you will follow the journey of a buyer, from the inspection of the horses in the yards to the passage in the ring.

Zuzanna Lupa

It all starts in the lessons, with the presentation of the sales catalog that the buyer consults to find the key information on the horses present: pedigrees, lines, performances and winners. The horses, taken out of their box, are inspected with a fine comb by the buyers before going towards the round of presentation. Here, visitors can discover the horses held in their hands and watch how they move.

The visit concludes in the auction room, a key stage in the auction, where everyone has a specific role. We discover the auctioneer, real conductor of the sale accompanied by the auctioneer, as well as the spotters, who, placed around the ring, are on the lookout for the slightest gesture of buyers to locate an offer.

ARQANA in a few words

Sandrine Boyer Engel

ARQANA organizes sales of horses in the two racing disciplines of galloping and trotting. They take place throughout the year in two sales establishments, the Elie de Brignac establishment in Deauville and the Manège Boussac of the Saint-Cloud racecourse.

Deauville is the number one selling yearling site in France and the second on the European market! The Elie de Brignac establishment hosts three sales dedicated to yearlings (horses under 2 years of age), two to training horses and horses "ready to run", three to breeding and mixed sales and three sales of trotters. Among these sales, the August Yearling Sale dedicated to English thoroughbreds is the most prestigious. It attracts professionals from around the world.

Useful information

Price: 10 € per person

    Visit not accessible to people with reduced mobility for security reasons. Dogs and strollers are prohibited on the site.

    Duration of the visit: 30 minutes

    For more information, contact Arqana on 02 31 81 81 00.


    Elie de Brignac room
    32 Avenue Hocquart de Turtot
    14800 Deauville


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