Cadre Noir at Saumur!

And to tell you a bit more of a great historical institution of my belle France, and with courage on the line of duty, the Cadre Noir of Saumur cavarly school is awesome. A must to see while in the area of Saumur. I will tell you a bit more on it here

We move to the Cadre Noir and the school of cavalry. Saumur goes back to 1763,while it was decided to bring a regiment of carabineers of the Count of Provence here. Later in 1814, there is a training school of horsemen here that is followed in 1825 by the royal school of Cavalry . This military presence is the origin of this wonderful heritage now in town. It is now barracks of the 18C as well as riding school and stables built around the place du Chardonnet in the 18-19C. This includes today one of the most beautiful examples of European architecture of military horsemen.


The Cadre Noir has been developing for almost 150 years in the Saumur Cavalry School before being transferred in 1972 to the newly created National Riding School. In 1972, the Cadre Noir separated from the School of Application of the Armored Cavalry. Leaving the guardianship of the Ministry of Defense for that of Youth and Sports, it joined the National School of Riding that has just been created. Favoring academic riding, it is gradually becoming half of the teaching staff of a school mainly oriented towards the training of the frames of the equitation but in which one also teaches the three Olympic disciplines , the coupling, the endurance and the aerobatics.


A bit of history I like

In 1763, King Louis XV entrusted the Duke of Choiseul with the reorganization of the French cavalry. The most beautiful school in the world was then built on the Chardonnet to accommodate officers and non-commissioned officers in charge of training in cavalry regiments. It will work until 1788. Dissolved on the eve of the French revolution, the school will be reborn at the Restoration.

It then includes an Armory in which the principles of military horsemanship are taught. The “raised tunes” are officially practiced there. Appeared in the Middle Ages and maintained under the Italian Renaissance, the “school jumps” were used to decorate the carousel choreography. They also allowed proving the value and solidity of the riders in the saddle. The military origin of these movements is probable. In Saumur the “school jumps” were, and still are, practiced without stirrups.

The squires of the Manège académique, ancestor of the Cadre Noir, immediately claimed the tradition of Versailles. In 1828, at the first carousel, the executives presented batters and instructors. The latter are then wearing the current merry-go-round hat, the lantern or cocked hat, but the outfit is not yet black. It will become it during the reign of Louis Philippe. The Cadre Noir is born and therefore forms part of the riding instructors of the Cavalry School.


From 1840, the school sees confront two conceptions of academic riding, that of the Count of Aure and that of Lrançois Baucher. Sometimes very opposite, the methods of Aure and Baucher gave rise to many and violent polemics. Student of both, General L’Hotte, one of the most brilliant squires of his time, enriched the French equestrian tradition by laying down the bases of the doctrine.


The National Riding School has 400 horses hosted in individual boxes; 20,000 training days a year; 4 large stables; 6 rides and 15 Olympic courses; almost 50 km of prepared slopes; several hundred natural obstacles; a modern veterinary clinic; an equipped amphitheater; and a modern media library.

There are performing shows and a wonderful museum too, check dates as it can change. Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and it is a must are

The Cadre Noir official webpage here:

The tourist office of Saumur on the Cadre Noir :

And the museum of cavalry here:

More here in French from the friends of the cadre noir here:

There you go another gem in my belle France , and you will be delighted you visit. Enjoy the Cadre Noir as we did/do in wonderful Saumur.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!





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2 Comments to “Cadre Noir at Saumur!”

  1. We saw this on our visit to Saumur’s Château a few years ago, but never saw the riders. What a pity!

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