Petit Futé's opinion on HARAS NATIONAL - MAISON DU CHEVAL
The horse has always occupied an essential place in this garrison town. In 1806, Napoleon re-established the National Stud in Tarbes and had new stables built. Inaugurated in 1810, they were initially intended to provide mounts for the army. In 1835, the stud provided 35% of the mounts for the light cavalry. It is here that the Anglo-Arabian breed was born, from the Tarbais horse. The stud farm was enlarged in 1832 and again in 1901. After the First World War, it reduced its activity: tanks replaced the horses. Located in the heart of the city, the buildings of the National Stud are classified as historical monuments. They were bought by the City Council, which undertook major restoration work. The exceptional 9-hectare site, guarded by two hundred-year-old trees, is open to the public. We note the presence of the Municipal Equestrian Brigade, a Military Equestrian Section and two equestrian artists in residence. One can visit the Empire style stables, the saddlery of honor or the farriery. This place is home to one of the last Ratouin riding schools and its large 42-meter hall. If the successive architects have all made their modifications, Bigorre blue on the woodwork and Payolle marble remain intact. For a long time, the carriages and historical collections have represented magnificent testimonies. Guided tours and themed tours allow you to discover this exceptional site.
Since 1995, the Equestria Festival takes place on the site in July. Information : www.festivalequestria.com
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Closed from January 1st to 15th. Open from 8:45 to 12:15 and from 13:45 to 17:15; from 8:15 to 12:15 and from 13:45 to 17:15; from 8:45 to 12:15 and from 13:45 to 16:15. For the visits, please contact the guides by phone. Free for children under 3 years old. Adults: 7 €. Children (from 3 to 12 years old) : 2 €. Group (15 persons) : 5 €. Store. Parking lot. Access for disabled people.
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