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The National Stud Farm: the world's finest horses


Even if you are not a skilled horseman, equestrian culture deserves this detour to a beautiful park with centuries-old trees.

The history of the stud farm is linked to that of Tarbes, as it is located in the city, almost in the city centre, in a nine-hectare park. It was built by Napoleon 1st, who was a great horseman, in Empire-style buildings that are now classified. If you go, you will probably not know that it is here that an English horse and Arabian horse were crossed to give birth to the Anglo-Arab breed.

It is now on racetracks that you see its most beautiful specimens. Though the stud farm continues to play a role related to reproduction and breeding, it now functions as a riding school. You can learn or improve your skills in acrobatics, the Hungarian Post, and the carousel.

The Université des Arts Equestres is in residence here. La Maison du Cheval has a wonderful collection of carriages that will inspire you to take a turn in the park, but it also has a leather upholstery shop whose smells are distinctly evocative.

Haras National
70 rue du régiment de Bigorre
65000 Tarbes

+33 (0)5 62 56 31 01

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