Normandy sends out heavy cavalry to strengthen its horse industry

Friday, May 6, is a day of celebration at Haras du Pin. Under the blazing sun, the presidents of the Region of Normandy and the Ministry of Orne laid the first stone on what must be ” an international center for equestrian sport “. To rediscover the splendor of the old ‘Versailles of the horse’ that was no longer in use, Hervé Morin and Christophe de Balorre had a big dream. Four fiber sand mines could withstand the gallop of -15° horses down, 300 fixed boxes, 200 removable boxes, a reception and service area and plenty of parking.

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The equipment is the right size for 250 competitions per year. It will form the basis that elected officials want to build – with the contribution of private investors -, a ” Sports and entertainment resort “. That means becoming” The first country-themed destination in France “. Sublime message? We’re not kidding here with a sector with €1.3 billion in revenue for 18,000 jobs: more than cars and chemicals combined.

Le Pin, as the insiders call it, is not the only site initiated by public authorities for the benefit of trimmed animals. In La Manche, the Saint Lo National Breeder Farm will also benefit from major investments to modernize its aging barns. In Calvados, two sites of the “Horse Valley” campus (Goustranville and Saint Contest) are undergoing major expansion work with the relocation of the equine department of the Maisons-Alfort veterinary school by 2024 (300 students and staff) research).Island-de-France.

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These new infrastructures will usefully complement the Pôle International du Cheval (PIC) built in Deauville on the initiative of mayor Philippe Augier, emphasized Laurence Meunier, president of the Hippolia competition cluster. ” When all these projects are completed, there will be no region in the world that can claim such a continuum from livestock to competition through research, education and entertainment. “, Swear to be the head of the Horse Council as well.

Today, the stakes are high for the sector in the face of Belgian or German rivals, who ” Scratches in the box what the British say. To hope to maintain its rank as a stronghold of equestrian sport, Normandy must whip, but it holds the rope, listens to Hervé Morin. ” We are fortunate to be the best. Let’s see who won the Prix d’Amérique, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the gold medals at the Olympic Games. Almost always horses are born on Normandy farms! “, He used a hammer. Almost, the interested party acknowledges some weakness about equestrian tourism. ” We can do better when it comes to circuits and lodges “.

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However, the former Defense Secretary has good reason to be optimistic. Thanks to the governing board of the World Equestrian Games, many breeders have found their way back to Côte Fleurie or Cotentin, doing business with a wide range of service providers: veterinarians, trailer builders , breeders, food …” The environment is supportive. There are easily five to six private investments each year in good-sized stud farms and demand remains strong thanks to an abundant and affordable land bank. confirms Paul-Jacques Tanvez, CEO of Normandie Dranating, a leader in the development of stud farms.

As evidenced by the beautiful recent catches, such as the prestigious stables of the Paillot family. Settling in the United States, these affluent Frenchmen, who specialize in the supply of large “cracks”, have just acquired a dormant cider farm in the Pays d’Auge. The Riding the Paillot there are plans to set up a center for apparel, training and export for horse jumping shows very high level “.” This is a prime example of the Normandy refocus we’ve been observing for a few years Paul-Jacques Tanvez commented.

It continues to pick up pace in an environment that is generally considered good, where labor shortages are acute and where questions about animal rights are soaring.