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Breeding and horse sales area



At the origin of the French horsemanship are the breeders, those who are called the "Men of horse".
Passionate about genetics, fascinated by this powerful animal and its development over the weeks and years, breeders are the guarantors of the quality of our horses and ponies French. If French breeding is now recognized worldwide, if French genetics is sought by the largest livestock in the world, it is primarily thanks to the breeders. Those who select the fathers, pamper the mothers and shape the foals from the first moments of their lives.

Equita Lyon has been honoring these men and women for many years. The breeders and associations welcome, in a warm family atmosphere, the initiated or novice visitors, to present their products, to converse with the riders and to promote their profession.


Equita Lyon 2018 - Parade des races - © Gilles Galoyer

Every day at Equita Lyon, a parade of more than 40 breeds of horses and ponies. Small, tall, athletic, powerful, lively, strong ... Let yourself be transported in the dance of Shetlands, Comtois, Thoroughbred Arabs, Iberian horses, Friesians, Welsh, Connemaras, Camargues ... And all other breeds of horses and ponies present at the Salon du Cheval de Lyon!

Every day, around noon and a half, on the Nikito quarry, the parade of the breeds proposes to you to discover the richnesses of the breeding and puts in the honor the men of horse, those without whom nothing would be possible: the breeders.


Equita Lyon 2018 - Leisure qualifications finals - © PSV J. Morel

Leisure skills are a quality label for equids adapted to recreational or amateur sport. This label highlights the physical and behavioral qualities of the equine: confident, unemotional, cooperative character; soft, wide and balanced paces; general appearance that reveals a certain solidity and a minimum of harmony.

The events are open to all equines aged 1 to 18, divided into 2 groups: hopes (from 3 to 5 years old) and seniors (horses from 6 to 18 years old).


Equita Lyon 2018 - 3 years old Selle Français Championship - © PSV J. Morel

The Selle Français horse is recognized throughout the world for its sporting qualities. Like the olympic Nino des Buissonnets, the former European champion Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois or the mythical Itôt du Château, many great champions are from the Stud-book Selle Français.

At Equita Lyon, the Selle Français Stud-Book organizes, every year, the French Championship of the 3 years old Sport Selle Français, a real opportunity to discover the future champions.

The geldings and females of 3 years, after a selection in region, will be judged on the following criteria: model, locomotion, balance and behavior. Mounted and free trials are organized for 2 days to determine the best product of the generation.

The podium of the championship will be presented to the Lyon public on the international track!


Equita Lyon 2018 - Horse sales - © Gilles Galoyer

From Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3, Equita Lyon, the horse show and ASECRA organize sessions of presentation of the horses registered for sale. An opportunity for professionals and amateurs to find their future companion! Several horse sales are taking place at the show:

  • The Equita Sales, from Friday to Sunday on the "Horse Sales" Arena, in Hall 2, all day long by 2h slot. They are organized by ASECRA and are intended for horses and sport ponies oriented jumping.
  • Every day on the breeding arena, in Hall 5, there will be a session from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for the presentation of free horses oriented Leisure.
  • On the Performance and Barrel Arena, in Hall 6.2, there will also be presentations of horses for sale, during slots of animations.





Equita Lyon 2018 - FPPCF Breeds Trophy - © PSV J. Morel

The Federation of Ponies and Small Horses of France brings together eleven breeds: Connemara, Criollo, Dartmoor, Fjord, Haflinger, Highland, Icelandic, New Forest, French Saddle Pony, Shetland and the Welsh, which represents 90% of the births of the entire pony breed chain.

They will compete at the Equita Lyon Races Trophy, the perfect opportunity to put their versatility forward. Fun and classic events will be on the program to decide the participants. Playful side, the Pony-Games will include: racing bags, slalom, game "walk-on horseback" and the game of flags. These games will be accompanied by more classic events, with a jumping competition of 6 bars and a review of models and paces to appreciate the frames under different criteria. A CSO event and team dueling will complete the competition and at the end of these events, a race will win the trophy.


Equita Lyon 2018 - Equines Cup Finals - © PSV J. Morel

these challenges of using equids of work and leisure are intended for amateurs who wish to measure their equines with each other in a spirit of competition.

3 circuits are organized: draft horses, territory horses, donkeys and mules. Equidae can participate from 3 years for donkeys and mules and horses in singles, from 4 years for paired draft horses and horses territory.Les tests combine different know-how: hitch, pack , traction, mounted tests.

The national finals are held at Equita Lyon.


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