The Haras

Haras du Gazon grounds and house

Haras du Gazon around 1912

Haras du Gazon around 1912

Set in the centre of the leading horse-breeding region of France, the Haras du Gazon was already established as une grande ferme avec son château et ses terres (a great farm with its chateau and land) in 1769, owned by a Monsieur de Vauquelin. Initially breeding successful racehorses, then top French trotters and now talented European Sport Horses, the rich pasture of the Haras (stud farm) has produced high level equine athletes for centuries.

With a temperate climate, pastures based on free-draining limestone and rich in minerals such as iron and calcium to build strong bones, the region of Normandy is home to France’s greatest concentration of stud farms per hectare, including the top two National Studs – Haras du Pin and Haras National de St Lô. In fact, 60 % of France’s winning Sport Horses have been bred in the region.