A day-trip to the Haras du Pin

 

 

 

 

 

In the early morning of June 18th, 2015, some thirty Canardiers travelled to the Haras du Pin, south-west of Rouen, to discover this famous stud farm. After a cup of coffee and croissants, the day-trippers were taken around by a very friendly guide with whom they toured the stables, the tack-room and the sheds where the different carts and carriages are kept. They also had the privilege to see the blacksmith farrier at work, which was of great interest.

Then, it was time to have lunch at « La Tête au Loup », where the dishes, perfectly prepared by Stéphane MABILLE, the chef, are always made with fresh produces.

In the afternoon, despite the drizzle, the group attended an equestrian show performed by different members of staff and 2 artists in residence, one of whom performed on stilts and was everyone’s favourite. A horse and carriage parade ended the show and there was time left to visit the castle, now used as the manager’s residence, but which has a close link with the history of the place, thanks to its various exhibits : trophies, horseshoes from the first competitors on Paris’ Champ de Mars and some 17th-century tapestries.

All in all, it was a very pleasant outing which induced a suggestion : what about visiting Saumur’s Cadre Noir, the former French military riding Academy, now the National School of Horse-Riding ?

 

Jean LOISEL/CT

 

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