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Art & History
October 2019

A Magical Evening with the Académie Equestre de Versailles

Dine on the sands of the Palace’s grand stables and help the Red Cross

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Académie Equestre

As night descends and soft yellow lights illuminate the sandy floor of the royal stables, riders on the white horses of the Académie Equestre de Versailles prepare to dance. The audience for this rare spectacle will be the diners at a special gala dinner at royal stables, and Secret Journeys is inviting a select group of its guest to join.

The evening will begin with “La Voie de l’Écuyer (The Path of the Squire),” a performance staged and choreographed by Bartabas, the celebrated French equestrian choreographer. Known as a pioneer of the form, Bartabas creates equestrian art, music, dance, and theater. The simple stable area is decorated with wooden paneling and floor-to-ceiling mirrors which reflect the horses’ movements and the globes of delicate hanging light fixtures. 

Afterward, attendees will enjoy an exquisite dinner prepared by Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France), served at the Écuries de Versailles riding stables. 

The dinner and show, beginning at 8 p.m., is a fundraiser  for the local chapter of the French Red Cross in Yvelines. The department of Yvelines has 1,800 Red Cross volunteers and rescuers. 

The gala dinner will be held in March 2020, is by invitation only, and places are limited. Secret Journeys is pleased to be able to share this privileged experience with clients who wish to attend.

The Royal Stables of Versailles, constructed under the reign of King Louis XIV, have a rich history.  During the Ancien Régime, horses were essential to the kingdom’s operations, military and otherwise, and horsemanship underlined the strength of France’s royalty. In the 18th century, more than 2,000 horses were kept in the Royal Stables. Today, the stables hold the National School of Architecture of Versailles, the Equestrian Academy of Versailles, and a branch of the French center for research and restoration.

Proceeds from the gala will go towards funding a mobile command station, which will help Red Cross volunteers work more effectively in the field. The new command station will also improve the efficiency of patient care and distribution of resources both during and after disasters.

Secret Journeys is proud to be associated to this fundraising event. Please contact us for further information about joining this exceptional Gala Dinner.  

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