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FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR
FRENCH NATIONAL HORSE-RIDING SCHOOL OF SAUMUR

 

Origins of the School

At the end of the 16th century, Duplessis Mornay founded a protestant university in Saumur, and a horsemanship academy was managed here by Monsieur de Saint-Vual.

In 1763, King Louis XV entrusted the Duke of Choiseul with the reorganization of the French cavalry. 'The finest school in the world' thus came into being on the Place du Chardonnet to welcome officers and non-commissioned officers in charge of instruction in the cavalry regiments. It remained in operation until 1788.

School of Saumur

The School of Saumur was first opened in 1814. It consisted of a military school and a second school where the principles of military horsemanship were taught. “Airs relevés,' a 'high-step” style, was officially practiced here.

In 1828, at the first carrousel, the elite performed jumper and instructor lessons. On this occasion they wore a hat specific to the school called the 'lampion' or 'bicorne' (two-horned, due to its shape). However, riders were not yet in black dress. It was first introduced in the reign of Louis-Philippe.

And that was how the Cadre Noir was born. It trained the elite of the riding instructors for the Cavalry School.

In 1972, the French National Horse-Riding School was set up around the Cadre Noir, a training body for horses and riders that focussed on studying and teaching. They were also in charge of maintaining horsemanship in the pure French tradition.

The Cadre Noir of Saumur is now composed of civilians and military, forming the French National Horse-riding School.

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