The Pau Gelos Stud Farm
Napoleon 1st decided to create a stud farm in Gelos, next to Pau in 1808.
It is based in the former summer residence of the President of the Parliament of Navarre, in one of the rare 18th century dwellings which is still present in the local landscape.
The company is very much alive today with horse-breeding as its principal business activity. It is the symbol of equine breeding in the Pyrenees Atlantiques department and is ranked no. 1 in France.
The farm has 60 draft, blood and sport stallions and in particular regional thoroughbreds (Anglo-Arab stallions, Merens, Pottocks and ponies from the Landes region)
The particular features of the site: the collection of 19th-century horse-drawn cars from the town of Pau and from the farm, a 32-acre park, an 18th-century castle and traditional trades.
A few events and major shows which are regularly organized throughout the year ...
|- January, presentations of the stallions
- August, thoroughbred breeding
competition, selection of
- August, full horse riding competition
- September, heritage celebration days
- On Saint-Michel's day, on Sunday,
- November, national Pyrenean donkey
competition, regional draft horse
competition involving 250 competitors.
When to visit:
From November to April
- from Monday to Friday, visits at 2.00 p.m.
From May to June & from September to October
- from Monday to friday, visits at 2.00 p.m.
and 4.00 p.m.
From July to August
- from Monday to Friday, visits at 10.00 a.m.,
2.00p.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Full price: 5 €
Groups: 4 €, by appointment, minimum of 20 people, possible throughout the year
Students, teachers, unemployed: 3€
Children under 7 (not in a group): Free
Les Amis du Haras National de Pau Gelos
1, rue du Maréchal Leclerc
Tel. no.: 00 33 (0)5 59 35 06 52
Fax no.: 00 33 (0)5 59 35 06 52
E-mail : email@example.com
Website : Les amis du Haras
|How to get there:
A stone's throw from the town centre of Pau, heading south towards Jurançon, then Gelos
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