The French horse industry is characterized by its diversity and dynamism.
It is one of the rare nations with the capacity to excel at international level in horse races (Thoroughbreds and Trotters) and equestrian sports.
It also offers numerous advantages in terms of training for men and horses, equine research and tourism.




    World champion Normandy !

    Prix d’Amérique, together with the Hambletonian, is the biggest race in the world. Normandy can lay claim to the title of best region in the world for trotter breeding. Most of the winners of this prestigious race were born, bred and trained in Normandy.

    How it all began !

    The first trotting races came into being in Cherbourg in the Manche département in 1836, followed by Saint-Lô and Caen in Calvados. Its popularity has since continued to rise. Numerous racetracks, including those at Caen and Cabourg, thousands of breeders and broodmares make Normandy the leading trotting region in the world! Normandy is the only place for trotting enthusiasts to find themselves surrounded by the best skills and amenities.

    Legendary Trotters

    > JAMIN : twice winner of the Prix d’Amérique (1958/1959), is a star in the United States, after having won the 1st edition of the World Championships in 1959

    > ROQUÉPINE : scooped three Prix d’Amérique, two Elitloppet (Sweden), two International Trot (USA)

    > UNE DE MAI : 74 wins, reigned supreme in world trotting in the early 70s. She beat all the cracks including Nevele Pride in 1969

    > IDÉAL DU GAZEAU : won the Prix d’Amérique and Elitloppet (Sweden) twice and the International Trot (USA) three times

    > OURASI : the only trotter in history to have won the Prix d'Amérique four times

    > READY CASH : twice winner of the Prix d’Amérique (2011/2012), le trotteur le plus riche de l’histoire du trot en France avec près de 4 300 000 euros de gains

    One in two thoroughbreds

    Normandy is the leading thoroughbred breeding region in France. Every year, 50% of thoroughbreds are born at internationally renowned stud farms. The region is very highly prized for its stallions and its professional environment, which confirms the growing attraction of the region.

    At the same time, Normandy has developed a number of facilities devoted to thoroughbred training and competition activities: Deauville runs a summer race meeting during which the famous yearling sales are held.

    Deauville Yearling sales paradise

    Deauville is one of the top 3 international places for thoroughbred yearlings sales, together with Lexington and Newmarket.

    The famous sales are organized by Arqana every year in mid-August and attract an international clientele in search of a real gem...
  • Sport horses


    Normandy is where you'll find your champion!

    After several decades of genetic selection and professionalism among breeders, Normandy has become the top sport horse breeding region in France.

    Normandy is also the birthplace of the Selle Français (French saddle horse), the ideal partner in all equestrian events requiring distinction, strength, poise, respect and intelligence.

    Many talented horses have contributed to its reputation: Baloubet du Rouet, Kraque Boom, Quick Study (formerly Lutin de Semilly), Katchina Mail, Noblesse des Tess, Opgun Louvo, Piaf de B’neville, Myrtille Paulois, Orient Express, not to mention such renowned stallions as Quidam de Revel, Diamant de Semilly, Le Tôt de Semilly, Papillon Rouge, Rosire HN, etc..

    Key facts

    20% of French sport horses and 34% of Selle Français horses born in France are produced in Normandy. The top 8 world-class Selle Français stud farms are located in Normandy. The finest French riders are established in the region

    Le Stud-Book SF ranks 3rd in the world jumping 2012 FEI WBFSH classification, and 1st in the world eventing 2011 FEI WBFSH classification