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.


La Voie de l’Écuyer

Choreographed by Bartabas and the equestrians of the Académie équestre de Versailles, La Voie de l'écuyer - Opus 2021 illustrates the spirit and sensibility of the school-company, which has been based in the Grande Ecurie of the Château de Versailles since 2003.

Based on the transmission of knowledge, the show sees the new class of equestrians evolve on new choreographies and revisit the emblematic tableaux of the Academy, such as the fencing on horseback, the ballet of sorayas with long reins, or the singing carousel.

The performance is followed by a free tour of the stables. 

All ages from 5 years old

Unheated carousel.

Reopening on 5 June 2021.

Every weekend, Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 3pm. During July and August, Sunday performances are exceptionally at 5pm.

Duration: 1h10 followed by a free tour of the stables.
Price: from 16 to 28 €.

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Heritage visit

Discover the King's Great Stables, home to the National Equestrian Academy, a truly contemporary Pages’ school.

Heritage in complete freedom.

Built under the direction of the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart and completed in 1682, the Grande Ecurie is one of the remarkable buildings of the Versailles estate because of its size and the nobility of its architecture.

Unguided visit.

Reopening on 9 June 2021.

Price: 7€. Free for children under 5.

Ticketing link :

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Commented place

The Gallery of Coaches

A unique place with its collection of vehicles


Make an online donation

Take part in the history of the palace of Versailles by supporting a project that suits you: adopt a linden tree, contribute to the missions of the Palace or participate in the refurnishing of the royal apartments.

I support Versailles

The official Palace of Versailles app.

The app includes the audioguide tour of the Palace and an interactive map of the Estate. It can be used without an Internet connection.

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