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Address: Avenue Rockefeller | Royal Stables of the Château de Versailles, 78000, Versailles, France
Phone Number: +33 1 39 02 62 70
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Having walked through the majestic main courtyard of the Royal Stables, you...

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.

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Otherworldly experience!

Horses and mainly female riders (the amazons) put on this beautiful show of the classical art of riding with theatrical choreography in the old riding school of Versailles. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Horses and mainly female riders (the amazons) put on this beautiful show of the classical art of riding with theatrical choreography in the old riding school of Versailles. The riders are students in a school envisioned by Bartabas (google!) and the students not only train as equestrians but also study fencing, singing and archery to develop themselves to physically and... More 

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County Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

The show was very good, the horses were amazing and the riders were great too I would recommend this show. It lasted about an hour, with a tour of the stables afterwards. Overall a lovely evening.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The show lasted about an hour. There was some parts that seemed to drag on. Overall it's a nice show but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Seeing the skill & beauty of equestrians, plus the wonderful horses is a joy in athleticism and history. The noble horse carried mankind for eons before our present era. The show was very interesting and especially enjoyed the rapiers en suite action. Afterwards, touring the stables was fun and informative. Nice to visit & enjoy. ...

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Wivenhoe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Very good show, only downside uncomfortable seats that could do with more cushioning!. After the show dont forget to visit the stables and get a close up of the horses.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We attended the morning performance which, I believe, is more informal than the evening performance. It got off to a slow start, with 15 minutes of three riders putting their horses through training routines and through paces they were having trouble with. After that, there were three vignettes; one a choreographed scene with young women fighting with rapiers, the second... More 

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

Hi, You are totally true. In the morning you assisted a training session. In the afternoon, it is a complete show, that brings together all the artistic disciplines taught to the riders at the academy. Thanks for sharing your opinion ! More 

Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Wow! What an amazing display of riding and horse movement. The connection between horse and rider, the ease in which complicated equestrian movements were performed and the sheer talent of the riders and the level of training of the horses is something to behold. My wife and nine year old daughter (we are horse people) remained enthralled throughout. As a... More 

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

Dear James, Thank you very much for those words. Very nice to know you and your family had such a good time here and discovered Versailles in a new and insolite way. See you soon ! More 

Hamilton, Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I was very excited to see this performance as I am a retired rider who has ridden many different disciplines over the last 35 years. I saw the dressage show in Vienna a few years ago but did not feel personally involved with what I would call a cold show emotionally. I totally got what your performance was presenting (the... More 

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

Hi, We are very glad you enjoyed the show and you understood so well the project of our equestrian ballet. The artists work hard every day to reach a great level of dressage but above all to become true artists, through the different disciplines they study every day. Each lesson help them to communicate in a new way with their... More 

Thiviers, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Definitely worth doing but don't over expect this is a school, and not Olympic dressage. But the horse is a wonderful creature and this show tries to show the empathy and agility of a horse and his rider in a controlled way. And the stable visit is also a big part of the event.

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

Hi, Thank you very much for your comment. Exactly as you said : it's not olympic dressage. In the Academy the riders are artists and more than work on the perfection of the dressage, they work hard every day on building a wonderful relationship with the horses, enriched by the practice of different artistic disciplines. A very patient work. Thanks... More 

Golden, Colorado
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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 

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