Equestrian festival

Inauguration of the European Route d’Artagnan

Saumur Loire Valley
May 11 2024

Saumur celebrates the European Route d'Artagnan during a whole day of festival and equestrian shows

In May, the inauguration of the 260 km of the European Route from Artagnan to Anjou will take place. Three days of festivities accessible to all at three sites located along the route in Anjou, ending in Saumur Val de Loire May the 11 2024 in the courtyard of the emblematic Saumur castle.


  In the city

Free access to the Cavalry Museum - exceptional opening from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.

  • 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Presentation of the work of the equestrian section of the Military Schools of Saumur, at the Manège des Ecuyers (free)
  • 10h30: Morning of the Cadre noir de Saumur - On the IFCE website in Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent (Paid, upon reservation)
  • 14:30 p.m. - 18:30 p.m.: Carriage rides, Place Charles de Foucauld; departure in front of the Cavalry Museum (free)
  • 19h00: Show Constance's Despair - Cie Taprobane, Place Saint-Pierre; duration approx. 30 min (free)
At Saumur Castle

Opening of the village at 11 a.m., free access until 22:30 p.m.

  • 10 p.m. - 18 p.m .: Free access to the Château de Saumur
  • 10:00 a.m., 13:30 p.m., 16:00 p.m.: D'Artagnan Escape Game Sessions - COMPLETE
  • 11 p.m. - 19 p.m .: Pony rides*
  • 11 p.m. - 19 p.m .: Sessionsequine therapy* and equine mediation*
  • 11 p.m. - 19 p.m .: Giant wooden games
  • 11 p.m. - 22:30 p.m.: Exhibition of horse-drawn vehicles
  • 11 p.m. - 22:30 p.m.: Exhibition Loire horse
  • 11 p.m. - 22:30 p.m.: Exhibition IFCE - Knowledge of the horse
  • 11h30: Welcome of visitors by the ARES Company, two horses for the opening, equestrian training and strolling.

* Paid activity

Download the program

  • Demonstration/Initiation to artistic fencing
  • 14h00: Presentation of Saumur black frame - IFCE - duration approx. 20 min
  • 14h30: Dramatic show Constance's Despair from the Taprobane Company - duration approx. 30 min
  • 15h30: Show Perseverance by Joey Beaudinot, winner of the 2022 equestrian stars - duration approx. 15 min
  • 16h00: Show HORSE by Cie Paris Bénarès with the presence of a giant articulated horse - duration approx. 45 min
  • 17h30: Wandering of HORSE giant - Saynètes - duration approx. 45 min
  • 18h30: Official inauguration of the European Route d'Artagnan, in the presence of elected officials
  • 19h30: Dramatized sketches of the Company ARES
  • 20h30: Cloak and dagger equestrian show retracing the epic tale of d'Artagnan and the prisoner Fouquet. Cie ARES - duration approx. 40 min
  • 21h30: Closing concert of the group Audrey-K, Soul, pop, jazz set - duration approx. 1 hour


Cadre noir of Saumur

The Black Frame of Saumur IFCE

"The Despair of Constance"

Cie Taprobane


“Perseverance” show

Joey Beaudinot

2022 Equestrian Star Winner


“HORSE” show

Cie Paris Bénarès

ARES Company

Cloak and dagger equestrian show retracing the epic tale of d'Artagnan and the prisoner Fouquet.

Concert of the group "Audrey-K"

Soul, pop, jazz set

The village at the Castle

Come meet and interact with more than twenty exhibitors related to horses, creators, craftsmen, artists...

Leather goods, cosmetics, jewelry, accessories, clothing, watercolors, cards, decoration - Health, food & animal welfare - Equine artist - Presentation and demonstrations of traditional know-how - Equestrian tourism...

Take advantage, on site, of the gastronomy center with the presence of the Fine Bubble Houses and the Saumur Wine Union as well as food trucks.

Try pony rides, equine therapy, artistic fencing, have fun with the wooden games available.

Costumed stroll of the association “Le Trésor des Ducs d’Anjou”.



- Ashley Hennekam (Equine portraitist) - Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux - Tel: 06 89 77 76 43 - Web: www.equi-ecoute.fr

- Maroline Workshop (Artisanal leather goods) - Montjean-sur-Loire  - Tel: 06 44 04 04 16 - Web: www.atelier-maroline.com

- Leather & Earth (Artisanal leather goods) - Montjean-sur-Loire - Tel: 02 41 39 38 91 - Web: www.cuir-et-terre.fr

- EquiNatBio (FFrench-made organic treats for horses) - Loire Authion - Tel: 06 59 97 62 87 - Web: www.equinatbio.fr

- Flavie La Ringlette (Cardmaking) - Montsoreau - Tel: 06 05 15 12 71 - Web: www.flavielaringlette.com

- Flocomdeco (Creation of decorative objects in cutting) - Montsoreau - Tel: 06 64 46 75 89

-Huntex (Collection of oiled cotton and tweed jackets and coats) - Rennes - Tel: 06 11 16 38 50 - Web: www.huntex.fr

- L’Ecrin de Fanny (Handcrafted creation of horsehair jewelry) - Arradon - Tel: 06 59 42 30 66 - Web: Fanny's Box

- The Treasure of the Dukes of Anjou (Artistic association) - Saumur - Web: The Treasure of the Dukes of Anjou

- Maly Zofe (Mare's milk cosmetics) - Montrevault-sur-Èvre - Tel: 06 28 74 22 92 - Web: www.malyzofe.fr

- Maryse Montron (Watercolor Illustrator) - Saumur - Tel: 06 17 84 98 53 - Web: Maryse Montron



- Anjou Tourism

- Association of Friends of Museum of the ArmoredMuseum of the Cavalry

- European Route d'Artagnan Association (AERA)

- Benjamin Equitherapy - Saumur - Tel: 06 69 13 76 80 - Web: Benjamin Equitherapy

- Pays de la Loire Regional Equestrian Tourism Committee (CRTE)

- Les Archers de la Mésangerie equestrian center - Blou - Tel: 06 64 41 34 86 - Web: The Archers of the Mésangerie

- Military Riding School of Fontainebleau – Tel: 01 60 72 22 40

- Équi Listen (Equine mediation) - Saint-Martin-du-Fouilloux - Tel: 06 89 77 76 43 - Web: www.equi-ecoute.fr

- Equi Sentience (Equine behaviorist and naturopath) - Saint-Just-Sur-Dive - Tel: 06 66 72 21 23 - Web: Equi Sentience

- Equitao Equestrian Area (Equestrian therapy) - Gennes-Val-de-Loire - Tel: 02 41 50 45 63 - Web: www.equitao.org

- Hardis Fishmongers

- The Black Frame of Saumur - IFCE

- Les Attelages Saint-Nicolas

- House of Europe in Anjou

-Ackerman - Tel: 02 41 53 03 21 - Web: www.ackerman.fr

- Bouvet-Ladubay - Tel: 02 41 83 83 83 - Web: www.bouvet-ladubay.fr

- Gratien & Meyer - Tel: 02 41 83 13 32 - Web: www.gratienmeyer.com

- Langlois - Tel: 02 41 40 21 40 - Web: www.langlois-cremantdeloire.fr

- Maison Louis de Grenelle - Tel: 02 41 50 23 21 - Web: www.louisdegrenelle.fr

- The Saumur Wine Union - Tel: 02 41 51 16 40 - Web: www.vins-de-saumur.com


- The Crepe on Wheels - Such. : 06 51 65 65 22 - Page Facebook

- The Little Trucks - Tel: 06 73 23 98 19 - Web: www.lespetitstrucks.fr

- Pommes Tapées from Val de Loire (Fouées) - Tel: 02 41 51 48 30 - Web: www.pommes-tapees.fr


Restaurants on site:

- Restaurant L'Orangeraie : within the courtyard of the Castle

- Restaurant Le Terrier du Château : outside the Castle grounds, at the parking lot, rue des Moulins, accessible via the “Porte des Champs” footbridge.

Escape Game “La Route d’Artagnan” (FULL)

In an underground room of the Château de Saumur, hides the study of a collector passionate about the history of the musketeers. Every day, he goes to this casemate to study the objects in his collection, in particular treasures that belonged to the famous d'Artagnan. He stores his most precious possessions in a chest closed with 12 padlocks, the secrets of which only he knows.
However, this place is in great danger! Following a storm, water seeps into the room and threatens to flood it. Time is running out and the collector must urgently move his precious treasures from the chest! But, in the panic, the latter no longer remembers the location of the 12 keys allowing it to open...
You have 1 hour to help him find them before the Musketeers' treasure is lost forever!

- Timetable: 10 p.m., 13:30 p.m. and 16 p.m.

- Rate : free

Horseback riding

How to participate ?

Registration is free but required. It takes place on the site of the Regional Equestrian Tourism Committee (CRTE) of Pays de la Loire.

Registration Form


Competition game

Take part in our Competition, from 12 in April 25 2024, on our Instagram account! 

We offer you to win:
✨ your night of May 10 for 2 people at @demeure_de_beaulieu 
✨ 2 visits for @le_cadre_noir from Saumur 
✨ 2 tasting visits at @bouvetladubay 
✨ All the events for the inauguration on May 11 at the castle

Competition over! Many of you participated in our competition. We thank you. Congratulations to the winner!

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Extend your stay

By discovering the marked equestrian trails and the entire destination which will allow you to discover a privileged environment.

Equestrian routes and circuits in Saumur Val de Loire

The European Route d'Artagnan

The European Route d'Artagnan has been a "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" since 2021. It is the first European cultural equestrian route which connects Lupiac (1 - Gers), birthplace of the famous musketeer d'Artagnan, to Maastricht (Netherlands) where the latter died. Made up of six thematic routes, it crosses six European countries. Ultimately, more than 32 marked km will be open to riders, hikers and travelers of all disciplines across Europe.

In Saumur Val de Loire

In Saumur Val de Loire, the Route des Cardinalaux and the Route de Pinerolo are unified, allowing riders and epicureans to discover the emblematic places of the destination over approximately 80 km: Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Montsoreau, Turquant, Parnay, Souzay- Champigny, Saumur, Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault, Gennes and even Le Thoureil. Enjoy a magnificent panorama and a unique experience by crossing the courtyard of the Château de Saumur, a historic highlight of the two routes and take the time to discover the Horse Museum within the Château de Saumur itself. The Route des Cardinalaux joins Paris at Lupiac, following in the footsteps of Richelieu and Mazarin. The Route de Pinerolo connects Nantes to Pinerolo following the route taken during the transfer of Nicolas Fouquet, who was arrested by d'Artagnan in Nantes. These 2 routes will allow you to enjoy the different riches of the places: troglodyte sites, castles, vineyards, banks of the Loire, forests, rivers, countryside, city, and much more.

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European Route d'Artagan, crossing Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Horse riding, a Saumur passion

Not to be missed

In Saumur and its surroundings, horse riding is a passion that can be passed down and shared! The equestrian tradition is anchored and is well represented: Cadre noir of Saumur, Museum of the Cavalry, The Horse Factory at the Château de Saumur, The Horse-Drawn Collection of Saumur, equestrian centers et equestrian routes and circuits, among others...

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Between Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, the Saumur Val de Loire destination is a highlight on the Loire Valley route. We give you some practical information to organize your trip and your travels.

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