Is it good for bad?
But the journey was long and difficult.
Opened in 1999 by the former professional rider Stéphane Anquetin, the eponymous stables have just moved from Le Havre to Octeville-sur-Mer (Seine-Maritime), a few kilometers further: “The city wanted to reclaim the land.
There was a long procedure and with the help of the community of communes and the city of Octeville, an agreement was reached.
However, it took ten years to resolve everything.
We had plenty of time to think about this new equestrian center!
»Explains Camille Anquetin.
In February 2020, the earthworks began.
With delay due to the health crisis, the horses moved in in mid-January.
For this family of enthusiasts whose son Maxime is a former member of the French equestrian team, it is the renewal of the Anquetin Stables and "the prospects are encouraging".
The big merry-go-round will be able to host international competitions.
Imagined by the owners, designed by an architect from the Normandy Chamber of Agriculture, on 5 hectares, the complex was built by the James de Brécey (Manche) companies, specialists in glued laminated timber.
On the former agricultural land, the 45 horses and 12 ponies now benefit from 40 more spacious boxes - "where they are quieter" specifies the manager -, a 5x20m stall, a 5x30m storage shed, 'a 54x27m indoor arena and an 80x60m quarry.
If necessary, the building permit allows you to add 10 additional boxes.
"Despite the crisis, we did not put anyone on partial unemployment"
The board is almost full and riding lessons have resumed thanks to the full-time instructor, two apprentices and two trainees: “This also allows us to consider other activities more focused on competition.
We have already registered 6 dates for local and departmental show jumping competitions.
We quickly plan to organize an international event, ”informs Camille Anquetin.
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And then, the health crisis did not have too much of an impact on activity: “Above all, it required a lot of organization.
No one was put on partial unemployment.
Fortunately, we have a lot of loyal horse owners.