22nd-25th July 2010
- 22nd-25th July 2010
Chantilly, an equestrian jewel in a historical setting
The second Global Champions Tour stage on French ground is situated in a real “horse town”. Chantilly is renowned for it’s “Crème Chantilly” (whipped cream), but the actual landmark of this historical town north of Paris is the horse.
Thanks to its sandy ground, which is excellent for a horse’s delicate legs, Chantilly has become the biggest training centre of the world with approximately 3.000 thoroughbreds that are trained each morning on the 160 kilometres of runway paths. In June, the hippodrome will host two prestigious races: The Prix de Diane and the Prix du Jockey-Club.
The Foundation for development of the Chantilly Domain, created by His Highness the Aga Khan, restores the historical patrimony and confers a new vitality to it, also including the Grand Stables, the most beautiful stables in the world, that were constructed in the 18th century by the grandson of Louis XIV, Louis Henri de Bourbon. Today, this architectural masterpiece accommodates the Musée Vivant du Cheval (“Living Horse Museum”) that was created by Yves Bienaimé in 1982, inviting the visitors to a discovery of the equestrian world of past and present days, visualized through equestrian shows and dressage demonstrations.
In addition to the Jumping de Chantilly and a stage of the Grand National Tour in April, a stage of the most prestigious circuit of all – the “Global Champions Tour” – will now be embedded in Chantilly’s beautiful frame, as the cherry on top of the crème Chantilly.
The visitors of this event will profit from attractive surroundings: four golf courses (one of which is directly associated with the hotel of the contest, the Dolce), as well as the Polo club at which it is easy to get introduced into the “other equestrian sport”, the proximity of the international Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris (20 minutes) and, of course, nearby to Paris itself (the capital can be reached within 25 min via train from Chantilly station, or 45 Km by car).