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Cheval Frison, Michiel 442, Étalon,
H. et C. et C. Witteveen,
éleveurs, Canada.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
Koninklijke Vereniging "Het Friesch Paarden-Stamboek"

Opéra du Joliet


Trait Poitevin Mulassier, Opéra du Joliet, Étalon, 5 ans
Propriétaire Mr Bachelier, Vienne.
Photo: Pascal Lando.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
l'UPRa Mulassière du Poitou.

Prunelle 6

Mule Poitevine, Prunelle 6, femelle de 4 ans.
Propriétaire : Mr Ressegand, France.
Photo: Pascal Lando.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
l'UPRa Mulassières du Poitou.

Myrtille 6

Baudet du Poitou, Myrtille 6, Femelle, 8 ans.
Propriétaire : Zoodyssée, France
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
l'UPRa Mulassières du Poitou.

Murthwaite Look at Me

Murthwaite Look at Me

Fell (poney), Murthwaite Look at Me, Étalon, 1999.
Mr Thomas Capstick, éleveur.
Photo : Sue Millard.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
Fell Pony Society.



Gueldre (Cheval de), Coravivera, 23 ans.
Mr A. van Lijssel, éleveur,
Avec l’aimable autorisation de:
Gelderlanderpaard Associatie.



Groningue (Cheval de), Extase, étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Stamboekvereniging het Groningerpaard.


Silex 6

Castillon (Cheval de), Silex 6, étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Association Nationale du Cheval Castillonnais d'Ariège Pyrénées



Boulonnais (Trait), Gracieuse, jument.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Syndicat Hippique Boulonnais.

Jaguar des Montants

Jaguar des Montants

Comtois (Trait), Jaguar des Montants, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Association Nationale du Cheval de Trait Comtois.


Breton anonyme

Breton (Trait), Anonyme, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Syndicat des Eleveurs du Cheval Breton.



Anglo-Arabe, Gral, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de:
Association Nationale des Éleveurs d'Anglo-Arabes.


Néerlandais (Trait), Akker, Étalon.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de :
Koninklijke Vereniging Nederlands Trekpaard.

The project’s keywords


Horses of the World Park France®

A living encyclopaedia of all the horses of the world
shown undertaking their traditional activities.

1 – The concept

  • Offering the public a visit to a “living encyclopaedia” of all the different breeds of horses in the world,
  • Showing visitors horses undertaking their traditional activities,
  • Offering the public many different horse shows,
  • Giving the opportunity to visitors to see, in a museum, the historical development of the horse from its origins down to the present day,
  • Providing visitors the chance to buy books and objects connected with the theme of horses, and
  • Becoming the definitive world reference on the subject of horses.

From a conceptual point of view, the “Horses of the World Park” is founded on the deep-rooted, ancestral attachment of men to horses.

More generally, the concept is also founded on a “play-and-learn” principle, enhanced by the natural environment in which it takes place.

2 – Location

The choice of location for the establishment of a “Horses of the World Park” is subject to at least two points of importance: rainfall and accessibility.

The Park offers an activity in the open air. So in order to receive the public in the best climatic conditions it should be established in a geographical location with a low rainfall (< 1 000 mm / year). In Western Europe that will be, in any case, south from Paris.

3 – The Park

The activity will be installed on an approximate surface of 150 hectares (300 acres). Half of this surface is needed for the different activities and for circulation. The other half will be necessary as recreation and relaxation meadows for the horses. The entire space will be conceived as a natural park. The basic idea is to split up the activities and have the visitors walk from one activity to another. The Park will be equipped with large alleys and walkways for the circulation of the visitors. All transportation of people and goods throughout the Park will be by horse-drawn wagons and carriages, with the exception, of course, of the emergency services.

The Park will contain the following main facilities:

  • Parking for cars, coaches and buses,
  • An Impressive main entrance and associated ticket office,
  • Some twelve horse villages each bringing together some 30 equine breeds,
  • A management centre,
  • Four different restaurants,
  • A hotel-restaurant,
  • A shop for the sale of equine related products (merchandising),
  • A horse museum,
  • An arena/amphitheatre,
  • A memorial to the fallen horse, and
  • Various storage places sited on the periphery.

4 – The horses

It is estimated that there are more then 300 different breeds of horses in existence.

The distribution of the different horse breeds can be presented as follows:

  • Europe : 156
  • North America : 19
  • South America : 13
  • Asia : 68
  • Africa : 28
  • Oceania : 6

Total world = 290 horse breeds from 90 countries.

No exhaustive or reliable list has ever been produced thus far.

In addition to showing horses properly so-called (equus caballus) the “Horses of the World Park” aims to bring together othetr equidae, including the donkeys, asses and mules, accounting for some further 50 different breeds.

The total of equines exposed will reach in between 350 and 400 different breeds. ^

5 – The activities

The Park will offer the public some fifteen different activities :

  • The continual presentation of the horses in their individual paddocks,
  • The continual presentation of the horses in three natural gaits on adjacent tracks to the horse villages,
  • A daily presentation of saddle horses on a dressage track,
  • A daily presentation of draught horses ploughing the earth,
  • A daily presentation of carriage horses on a specialised track,
  • A daily presentation of race horses (at trot and gallop) on the race track,
  • Free access to the horse shows in the arena/amphitheatre,
  • A visit to the Horse Museum,
  • Shopping in the Horse Shop,
  • The Merry-go-round Square,
  • The Children’s Farm,
  • Donkey riding for the smallest children,
  • The Play Garden,
  • The Craftsman Quarter, and
  • A moment of meditation at the Memorial for the Fallen Horse.

Altogether, the Park’s available activities will exceed the possibility of visiting everything in one day. Just visiting the 350 horses, donkeys, asses and zebras and allowing only 5 minutes for each would take more than 24 hours, that is to say at least 3 visiting days. This does not take into account time spent on all the other presentations, shopping, necessary catering and games for the children.

6 – Merchandising

The Horse Shop for the sale of connected products will be situated close to the exit of the park. These products can be divided in two categories:

  1. products bearing reproductions of the horses of the Park (for  example: T-shirts, plates, bowls and other pottery, postcards, posters, etc.), and
  2. products from all sources and  in all different materials, but strictly related to horses (for example: all kinds of jewellery, two and three  dimensional representations of horses, books on horses, games based on or Involving horses, etc.). ^

7 – Multimedia

Multimedia products (DVD’s) will be produced in-house and offered to the public at the Horse Shop and by mail order on the Internet (for example: DVD’s concerning the different breed origins of the horses in the Park).

The exciting undertaking of acquiring the breeds necessary to stock the Park, for example the purchase of horses in Turkmenistan or Timor or in the Nedj desert, to mention just a few of the many fascinating sources, and their journey from there to the Park will, no doubt, be of great interest to the major world monthly horse publications and TV programmes. ^

8 – Internet

The Park’s Internet website will be divided into three sections:

  • the first section will provide all the necessary information about the Park: its activities, costs and how to make reservations,
  • the second section, the Horse Shop on-line, will offer all the products which are for sale in the Park, and
  • the third section will be dedicated to providing information and knowledge on horses.

9 – Marketing

The marketing concept is based on marketing demand. In the field of theme parks the offering is traditionally based on fantasy, scientific and historic themes. Today the tendency is on “play-and-learn themes”, preferably connected with nature — Marineland, Micropolis, Nausicaa, Océanopolis, Océarium, Vulcania, Walibi… —, in the open air and sporty. In relation to an equine theme park the market aimed at is that sector of the population who want to have an outing with the family in a natural, spacious place and to have relaxed, pleasant and instructive moments while doing so.

10 – Conclusion

The concept of the “Horses of the World Park” rests on a strong unifying theme: THE HORSE. Bearing witness to the proverbial expressions: “The horse is the noblest conquest of man” (Buffon) and “My kingdom for a horse” (Shakespeare). This strong theme is confirmed by the interest throughout the world for horse races and riding.

The “Horses of the World Park” will without a doubt add to the world equestrian prestige of the country of its initial location. In France, the Haras  Nationaux, La Fédération Française d’Équitation and l’Union Nationale Interprofessionnelle du Cheval support our project.


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