Chantilly, the horse capital
Chantilly, the horse capital, is well known for the 2,600 thoroughbred race horses that train every morning over the 120 km of sanded paths and on the 120 hectares of grass tracks located in the stately, Domaine des Aigles. Two famous annual horse races, Le Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de Diane, also contribute to Chantilly's illustrious equestrian reputation. Thoroughbreds are not the only horses that reign in Chantilly. The Musée Vivant du Cheval (living horse museum) honors the history of horses and demonstrates their elegance and grace through creative and artistic performances. And in the peak of the competitive season, there are over 500 Argentinean Polo Ponies (Criollos) in the surrounding area of Chantilly.The horse population quickly reaches an impressive total of 4,000 equines! The equestrian life in Chantilly is very much alive throughout the entire year!
The former American president, Richard Nixon, was captivated by the beauty of Chantilly and exclaimed:
« Why have I been taken to Versailles seven times and never here? »