Classified as a historic monument, the Haras is first and foremost a group of remarkable buildings bearing the hallmarks of the Empire style, both sober and classical.
But it's also worth a visit for its park, planted with species over a hundred years old, its saddlery, its museum and the sumptuous stables created in 1806 by Napoleon...
The eight hectares of this exceptional site are a treasure trove of museographic treasures, revealing the extent to which Tarbes has developed to the rhythm of horses: a reflection of a garrison town which, for the needs of its Hussar cavalry, experimented with clever cross-breeding using the Tarbais horse, leading to the birth of the Anglo-Arabian.
Bought by the town council in July 2016 from the IFCE (Institut Français du Cheval et de l'Equitation), the Haras de Tarbes opens its doors to you, rich in 200 years of history, to discover its historical collections (antique saddles, carriages, etc.).
The stud houses a media library, one of the three richest in France for equine technical references.
The Haras National de Tarbes also hosts national events every year, bringing together nearly 3,000 participants in show jumping, driving, breeding and more.
A guide will tell you all about the history and secrets of the Empire-style stables, the horse-drawn carriage collection, the main saddlery, the Médiathèque and the magnificent Maison du Cheval (currently undergoing renovation).
Depending on the day, you can also admire the working horses of the Tarbaise military or mounted police...
Finally, for five days, under the aegis of the town's Tourist Office, the Haras offers "Equestria", Europe's biggest festival of equestrian creation.
This event usually takes place at the end of July.
Haras national de Tarbes
Chem. de Mauhourat,
Tél. : 05 62 56 30 80