Sorède, capital of the whip and the riding crop

No one knows if Père Fouettard, Santa Claus' friend, had found his supplier there, but Sorède, a stone's throw from Argelès-sur-Mer, has been the land of the hackberry tree since the 13th century, the wood used to make whips

The main quality of this tree is the suppleness and solidity of its wood, which is used to make whips that are highly prized, especially in the equestrian world.
Of the five factories that existed at the beginning of the 20th century, only one Centre d'Aide par le Travail remains, which trains and employs disabled people.
Everything is made by hand using ancestral methods.

The ESAT Les Micocouliers, a member of the A.P.A.J.H., welcomes you to SOREDE, in the workshop for the manufacture of equestrian and hunting items.

Following an ancient local tradition, the disabled workers of the ESAT Les Micocouliers make whips out of hackberry, hunting whips, carters' whips or Perpignan whips.

They also create English or Sulky whips that complete the equipment of the carriages.


ESAT Les Micocouliers

Rue du Stade, 66690 Sorède

Tel : 04 68 89 04 50


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