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Perhaps everyone knows what a harmo- nious liaison men and horses are able to establish, both physical and psychological. And this extends at its pinnacle to stellar performances in a series of profession- al or amateur disciplines. But flexibility, precision of movement and elegance are undoubtedly the result of serious train- ing. This is even more obvious when we are witnessing men and horses in sports’ competitions. Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping are traditionally part of equestrian events, officially accredited as Olympic games since the early 20 th cen- tury. But there is so much more! Attelage (combined driving involving horses and carriages), Endurance riding (controlled long-distance races), Voltige (acrobatic acts on horseback), the French Horseball and British Polo are just some significant examples. Not to mention horse trekking which is an increasingly popular hobby. The Riviera extends its charms by following that glorious equestrian tradition. It offers the public of all ages a great range of high- ly-qualified riding schools. This «région», in fact, takes advantage of a fortuitous cross- ing between the French and Italian riding traditions. French excellence in horse-rid- ing was formally acknowledged by UNESCO in 2011. And Italy is the country that cre- ated the first modern Equestrian Academy, founded in Naples in the 16th century. The Principality of Monaco has been promoting the gentle equestrian art for more than 20 years through the Fédéra- tion Équestre de la Principauté de Mo- naco under the auspices of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and H.R.H Princess Caroline, Princess of Hanover. Monaco is at the heart of international sport and in this privileged position attracts the world elite of show-jumping on the occasion of the Jumping International de Monte-Car- lo. Under the auspices of the Longines Glo­ bal Champions Tour, this prestige jumping competition is held in the fascinating Port Hercule every year. T he e x traordinar y land - scape of the French South- East Riviera and the adja- cent Italian Flowers’ Riviera makes it the perfect loca- tion to go horseback riding benefiting from its mild weather and vari- ety of ecosystems, sea and mountains — all at the same time. A very good reason to enjoy an area which has been attract- ing international tourists for a long time, thanks to its unspoiled natural beauty and Mediterranean flavours. HELLOMONACO RECOMMENDS To conclude, Equestrian art and riding skills are an integral part of human heri­ tage. The tradition has its roots in Ancient Greece where Xenophon testified how horses have always enjoyed a close rela- tionship with mankind since the dawn of civilization. Means of transportation be- fore the advent of motor vehicles, most definitely. Faithful ally of knights in epic battles too. And, more recently, protago- nist of sports, games, glamorous events, spare time activities and hippo-therapies. Man-horse «symbiosis» never ends. HelloMonaco explored the best sites of the Riviera discovering their unique- ness and historical significance. Club Hippique de Nice: Horseback riding goes «green» high-tech T op-level infrastructure, a renowned professional riding school, a set of first-class international champion- ships and horse shows all year long, paying special attention to the environment. That is the Club Hippique de Nice in a nutshell. Located in the heart of the Éco-Vallée, a sustainable area surrounding the river Var (just outside Nice), the Club, associated with FFE (Fédération Française dÉquita- tion), was completely renovated in 2012 thus reaching the top of the list for horse and riders’ facilities as well as a reference point both for professionals and ama- teurs. A team of 13 riding instructors offers qualified training for all disciplines such as: Dressage, CSO, Hunter, Pony-Games, Voltige, Equifun, including the Equifeel, a number of exercises addressed to im- prove the relation between horses and riders. It holds long sessions of collective, individual and summer courses that de- velop into 41 international horse contests. The Club’s distinctive features make it the perfect place to perform evocative horse- theatrical representations. But the Club Hippique de Nice has also developed a special focus on sustainable best practices: a unique example in France. A high-tech composting plant is serving the whole structure allowing transforma- tion of horse manure into organic com- post. An example of a real circular-econo- my available to the «niçoise» community! La Cavalerie des Enfants: Horse-riding meets new generations H orse-back riding can truly affect, positively, body and soul, a spe- cial feeling which is worth pass- ing on to the younger generation. The equestrian school La Cavalerie des En- fants, acknowledged © Patricia Sartorio by the FFE, is located in Villeneuve-Loubet al- though it has been part of Cagnes-sur-Mer local administration. It aims at striking a balance be- tween the horse’s natu- ral world and man in all stages of his life. Its prox- imity to the natural res- ervoir Parc des Rives du Loup helps to achieve this target. Hello Monaco Winter 2018–2019 / 55