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“Neat Horse Show”

Academy of Equestrian Arts
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
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 reviewResponded June 26, 2014

Hi !

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

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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 horses (beautiful Lusitanians) and riders.

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

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 !

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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 hard work.

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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2014

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 !

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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

Thank Mike H
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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2014

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 a good level in english to be able to answer the questions !

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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 son gout.

1  Thank Warren M
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Acadequestre, Responsable relations clients at Academy of Equestrian Arts, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2014

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 academy, of which a big part is made with a lot of patience and repetitions. Like a ballet dancer. :)

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