Horse riding at HDN Academy: History


It has now been over eight years since we established our horse riding + studies division in partnership with the le Centaure equestrian centre in Nîmes.

It was there that we met a family of enthusiasts whose children, Lou and Tom, became our riding division’s first pupils.

Exceptional sports facilities

  • Over 50 individual stalls

  • Shaded paddocks with water trough

  • A 120 m x 90 m competition training arena

  • A 60 m x 20 m covered manege

  • 4 riding arenas

  • A dressage arena

  • An electric walker

  • An electric equestrian treadmill

  • A Havrincourt ring

  • A galloping track

  • A spring garden

The Centaure’s training team


  • Alain Favède :

Equestrian centre owner. High level coach, former international rider, former pro elite rider.

  • Nathalie Favède :

Equestrian centre owner. Responsable for on-site pupil schedule management and training, and for arrangements regarding competitions and coaching.

  • Lou Favède :

Former pupil. DEJEPS High Level Coach riding stream. Pro elite rider, “jeune talent” (young talent) 2019, Top 100 French female riders, participant in the French Grand National, 2019

  • Tom Favède :

Former pupil. DEJEPS High Level coach, riding stream, Pro 1 rider,  France poney champion 2013, France Pro 1 champion 2018. 


Our various training programmes


Pupils joining the riding studies stream can do so with their own horse (owner), can rent a horse (renter), or use a club horse.

Transport from the HDN Academy to the le Centaure equestrian centre is of course provided every day (by minibus).

We offer 2 benchmark programmes which enable us to create plans tailored to each pupil:

  • Excellent sports + studies: over 5 half-days per week

    • 10 sessions per week, so 2 sessions on horseback per half-day, competition coaching included

    • 8 sessions per week, 5 of these being on the pupil’s own horse and 3 on another horse, competitions coaching included

    • 5 sessions per week so one session on horseback per day

  • Sport & school programme: over 4 half-days per week, in riding club, competitions coaching not included

    • 12 hours of classes per week

    • 6 hours of classes per week


Prospects: elite level and a very broad range of opportunities...


The experience and expertise of the teaching staff means it is possible to accompany any riders that request it to the biggest national and international events.

But future prospects are not limited to the Elite Level.

Stimulating interactions with the various individuals involved in the sport at the Centaure and at competitions may lead to pupils developing vocations and interests in professions such as: Vet, osteopath, track judge, saddlery designer etc.


Find out more about our riding + studies stream....

Just as they have, you can embark on this fantastic adventure with a love and respect for horses.

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