Created in the Great Stables of the Palace of Versailles in 2003, the National Equestrian Academy is a major innovation in the field of live entertainment. A high-level higher education institution, it attaches huge importance to passing on expertise in creating equestrian shows.

the academy

The Academy is an institution dedicated to excellence, built on the transmission of expertise and fertile exchange between different artistic disciplines. A place of creativity and sharing with the public, it was born of a unique adventure shining a spotlight on the equestrian arts in a contemporary way.

Bartabas, the founder of the project, transformed the Royal Stables into a stage. The horseman dreamed of creating his own equestrian ballet company, an exceptional troupe in which each artist could reveal their own talents and excel in original and unusual scenarios.

Outside of Versailles, the Academy also performs its “La Voie de l’Écuyer” show across France and abroad. The troupe puts on original shows in unusual locations and in collaboration with artists from different backgrounds.

shows and visits

La Voie de l’Écuyer

The Academy presents its repertory show, taking the form of a new Opus each year combining the art of dressage, singing, stage fencing, kyudo (Japanese archery), and dance.
The performance is followed by an unaccompanied tour of the Stables. 
Duration: 1hr 15 (not recommended for children under 5)

From 17 September: Saturdays at 6:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. 

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A Morning with the Equerries

The Academy offers visitors an opportunity to discover a place packed with history alongside the work of this contemporary Pages’ school. It is an invitation to witness the everyday life of the equerries and horses throughout the morning.

All visitors aged over 5 years
Every Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm from 25 September.
Guided tours every 20 minutes (last departure 11:20 am).

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Heritage visit

Wednesdays 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturdays 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Discover the King's Great Stables, home to the National Equestrian Academy, a truly contemporary Pages’ school.

Single ticket price: €5

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Guided tours of the Great Stables

Guided tours upon request with our partner Cultival from January to August 2016. 
Duration: 1hr 15.

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Commented place

The Gallery of Coaches

A unique place with its collection of vehicles