Discover the history of the national stud farm and meet the horses

The origin of the Pompadour stud farm

In 1745 Louis the 15th bought the castle and its grounds and gave it to his favourite Madame Lenormand d'Etiolles, born Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, who tooks the title of Marquise de Pompadour. It was her who created the first stud farm here in 1751. In 1761, Louis the 15th made the farm a royal institution, although this situation was cut short, like his son, by the French Revolution. It was Napoleon who first restored the imperial stud farm in 1806, which became the National Stud in 1872.

The Orangerie stables hold their name to the oranges grown below the castle in the 18th century. In 1785, the Orangerie was transferred to the farm and transformed into stable. The stables were modernized in 1998 and foals born and raised in the domain de Chignac receive their basic education for competition here.

Horses of great quality for various disciplines

The beautiful horses are the fruit of a long selection. We will show you the characteristics of Anglo-Arabian breeds and English thoroughbreds, as well as Percherons and Breton shire horses, who will impress you with their size and gentleness.

You'll be introduced to the the different competitive events our students are trained for. Come into contact with the world of racing, show jumping, eventing and dressage.

You will have the great honour of meeting the presidential horses given by the President of Algeria to Presidents Chirac and Hollande. Mabrouk, an Arab, arrived in 2003 as part of the Franco-Algerian year, while Sami, 4 years old, comes from a long line of champions, and joined us in 2013.

The Pompadour National Stud also hosts two artists in residence who bring the site to life during the summer. Every afternoon, from the 8th of July to the 3rd of September, a horse show of half an hour takes place, where you will see horses ponies, of Lusitano, Arabian and Welsh virvolter breeds, all performing their star turn.

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