The annual Equestria Festival in Tarbes is one of the equestrian highlights of the year in our part of the world. I go every year, and every year I marvel at the variety of entertainment on offer, not to speak of the gorgeous horses and the stunning displays of horsemanship. It usually starts on a Wednesday with a parade through the old city centre and ends with a gala performance on a Sunday night. During this period there are several simultaneous presentations in the 3 arenas, as well as competitions and presentations of horse breeds and horses for sale in different parts of the park. The Tarbes stud is housed in the middle of the city, commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon I. It is located in a shady 22-acre park, the stud farm buildings form an imposing and refined ensemble. In addition to the Maison du Cheval, visitors can explore the old stables, the tack rooms, the smithy, the harnesses and lots more.
Tarbes, the city of the horse, is south-east from our home and is less than an hour from the famous some of the most famous sites of The Pyrenees mountains: Lourdes, the Gavarnie circus, the Pic du Midi Observatory and the Pont d'Espagne waterfalls. Tarbes is blessed with a micro climate that allows palm trees to grow in the city centre. Getting here is easy - Several airlines connect the UK with the airports at Pau, Tarbes, Bordeaux, Biarritz and Toulouse.
There is also a large and varied number of stalls selling everything horse-related and the food garden (as is French custom) was irresistible. Every year, over 300 horses and almost 500 horse experts take part. During the gala equestre on Saturday evening, the biggest names in horse riding compete to provide the 30 000 expected visitors with an unforgettable experience. The talent and courage of the riders and horses make each day an exceptional event for both connoisseurs and amateurs.
We offer our guests three horse riding holiday options during the festival - either a 3, 5 day or 7 day break.