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Academy of Equestrian Arts

Avenue Rockefeller | Royal Stables of the Château de Versailles, 78000 Versailles, France
+33 1 39 02 62 70
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Ranked #8 of 30 Attractions in Versailles
Type: Performances, Educational Sites
Owner description: Having walked through the majestic main courtyard of the Royal Stables, you enter a disarming place of luxurious simplicity.Founded in 2003 by... more » Owner description: Having walked through the majestic main courtyard of the Royal Stables, you enter a disarming place of luxurious simplicity.Founded in 2003 by Bartabas inside the Royal Stables of the Palace of Versailles, the Academy of Equestrian Arts is a very unique corps de ballet.The originality of this equestrian choreographic school-company is, that it combines both transmission of equestrian knowledge and practice of other disciplines such as fencing, dance, singing and Kyudo (traditional Japanese archery). Equerries therefore gain a true artistic sensibility, enabling them to develop their own repertoire. Through Les Matinales des Ecuyers, dressage lessons performed by the Academy’s riders with their mounts, demonstrating precision, rigor and gentleness of training, the public is invited to enter the intimacy of the Academy. The performance La Voie de l'Ecuyer, choreographed by Bartabas reflects the daily work of this company-school. « less
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Golden, Colorado
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129 reviews 129 reviews
27 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Worth the visit if you like horses. A little slow for children under 5 years of age. Otherwise definitely worth the ticket price. Something interesting and out of the ordinary to do if you have extra time in Versailles.

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi ! Thank you for your nice words ! It is true that the show is not especially recommended to little kids under 5. More

Wilmington, Delaware
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137 reviews 137 reviews
35 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Given how our family enjoys horses, it was hardly a surprise when everyone voted for going to the show at the Academie. The setting in the old stables was wonderful and the equestrians gave a wonderful show (although I wouldn't complain if it were a bit more energetic). Definitely take advantage of going into the stables afterwards to meet the... More

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Visiting the Academy is actually a nice alternative option and a great way to close your day in Versailles. We're really happy that you family did enjoy it so much ! More

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you love horses and appreciate what it takes to stay on a horse, you'll be "wow-ed" by this show. What these people manage to do with their horses is amazing. Then they top it off by singing while riding! Are you kidding me? Simply awesome. A show to remember a life time. Thanks to the team for all their... More

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you very much, I'll be very happy to share your comment with all the riders who indeed work hard every day to achieve this level of dressage. See you soon ! More

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Really enjoyed the show. We went to the practice sessions and this helped us see how hard what they did during the show was. Very professional show with high level of showmanship. Only dissapointment was lack of English speaking. Almost none and we couldn't get our questions answered. Would highly recomend

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi ! Thanks a lot for your message, it is very nice to know that you had a great time here in the Academy. About the language, we actually have a big part of the riders who can manage a conversation in english, but others are not very fluent and sometimes just don't dare. So we also recruited staff with... More

Frederick, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

OK, I know nothing of horses and dressage, so take this review with that in mind. Parts of the show were interesting, even amazing, but mostly it was repetitious. Very slow placed. Moments of pure entertainment between long sections of "I hope this is going to be over soon." But my wife would rate it much higher, so a chacun... More

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for sharing your opinion. We are happy to know that even if you're not into dressage, you enjoyed several parts of the show. We can understand that there are many pictures of the show which are slower than others, but they give us the chance to understand all the work the riders are developping here in the... More

Jyvaskyla, Finland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I visited the show on Saturday evening November 2nd, 2013 and I am sorry to say that i was gravely disappointed. I am a top level dressage rider and especially the dressage parts did not have the slightest resemblance of real dressage and worst of all the supposed "star" of the show, the stallion, rode by a dark haired older... More

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks a lot for sharing your opinion about the show. We are really sorry about the feeling you have after your visit and actually surprised too about what you described. As you know the Academy is a place where the riders are constantly working and learning how best communicate with the horses and above all listening to them. There... More

Miami, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

interesting if you are into horses. they respond well and are well-groomed/ after the show you are allowed to go and see them in their stalls, no petting...they are grey with blueyes=Louis XIV 's favotrites

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi ! The famous blue-eyes horses are lusitanians. It was their distinct colouring of their cream coloured coat and their blue eyes that were originally appreciated by King Louis XIV and they have always had a fantastic reputation. However, there are other horses in the cavalry, such as Argentine Criollos and sorraias. More

Wexford, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The display of horsemanship was wonderful to see and the horses were very beautiful. However though the audience was invited to see the animals afterwards, the girls were putting them away and were really quite snooty & unfriendly. No photo's were allowed even though they had been promised beforehand. Good show though and the stables themselves were something to see.... More

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for sharing your opinion ! That is very great that you enjoyed the show and the visit of the stables ! However we can understand your frustration about not being allowed to take pictures or to see the horses closer. Indeed it is a fact that the horses are a bit afraid when there is a lot of... More

Paris, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We went to the morning practice show which was less formal and great for kids and adults alike. The precision and skill shown was astonishing. As an attraction this is so different and well worth a visit

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi ! Thanks a lot for sharing your good feeling about your visit ! This is always great to hear than an entire family enjoyed the visit of the Academy and the morning session ! It is actually a very good option in terms of time when you're visiting Versailles with children. See you soon, maybe for the show this... More

Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Brilliant, the spectacular event was booked out, however we saw the 45 minute Session at 11:15am called Les Matinales Des Ecuyers.. This was an equestrian show of horse riding skills , the horses alone were worth seeing.

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this review

Hi Gordon ! Thanks a lot for your message, we discover it only now. What a pity you couldn't see the show but that doesn't surprise us... the last days of December are always full very quickly ! A chance you could see the morning session and visit the place because as you say, it's really worth ! Hope you'll... More

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