France Sketches and Photos: Les Grandes Écuries and Potager des Princes

The Grandes Ecuries in Chantilly had a fantastic dressage demonstration. I’ve taken dressage lessons. It’s hard as heck, and that’s even when your horse is feeling compliant that day! Dressage horses take a good 6 years to train, and need to be mature before starting, so you really have to choose wisely. My sassypants 16-year-old Morgan mare improved from dressage training but it was safe to say we weren’t going to go much further than that.

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Watching professionals–horse and human alike–is really spectacular.

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The stables are lovely. The outdoor arena was spacious and the weather couldn’t be beat on that day.

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The museum itself held many exhibits, one of which had caricatures of notable jockeys, trainers and owners.

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And the Potager des Princes was the garden of the Duke of Chantilly. The gardens are beautiful as they are developing this museum; it’s especially geared towards children. Many breeds of rabbit were featured as prince food.

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