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The Loire Valley Sights

Cadre Noir de Saumur (Riding School)

  • Av. de l'Ecole Nationale d'Equitation Map It
  • Saumur
  • Educational Institution

Updated 04/07/2014

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This prestigious national equestrian academy trains France’s future riding stars. Unique in Europe, the Cadre Noir de Saumur has 400 horses, extensive stables, five Olympic-size riding rings, and miles of specially laid tracks. Try for a morning tour, which gives you a chance to admire the horses in training. A gala equestrian performance is put on for enthusiastic crowds during special weekends in March, April, June, July, and October; reservations are a must.

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Av. de l'Ecole Nationale d'Equitation, Saumur, 49400, France

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  • €8
  • Guided tours only, mid-Feb.–mid-Apr. and mid-Oct.–early Nov., Mon. 2:30 and 4, Tues.–Fri. 9:30, 11, 2:30, and 4, Sat. 9:30–11; mid-Apr.–mid-Oct., Mon. 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, and 4, Tues.–Fri. every half hr from 9:30–4, except noon–2, Sat. every half hr from 9:30–11:30. Closed during performances

Updated 04/07/2014


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Mar 29, 2011

Cadre Noir de Saumur Review

We took a tour because it was raining and what a pleasant surprise. Even not being horse people we enjoyed it very much. The show was great and the horses more beautiful than you can imagine. It is a "world class" facility and it shows.

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