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Why not explore and enjoy fantastic days on the beach. Welcome to this Equestrian Centre, riding school and livery facilities near Montalivet in the Medoc on the Atlantic Coast. A holiday experience in France keeping you in touch with the world of nature suitable for both children and adults. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider they offer tuition using qualified instructors.

Take the road out of Montalivet and head off to Vendays. Turn right at the roundabout and on your right hand side after 3 km, you will find the club house of the centre. The centre is open at 8.00 until 21.00 each day all year and has carefully selected a large range of horses and ponies suitable for all levels of riders.

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Choose your mount and join up with your group (weather dependant). Either the escorted "Beach Freedom Hack" is for groups of up to 10 people and takes 1h30 on well schooled, horses and ponies. This is the ideal beach leisurely ride out for you and your friends or the escorted "Forest Hack" is for groups of up to 10 people and takes 1 hour and can cater for a wide range of abilities. Enjoy the trip. Otherwise if you would like to learn to play polo, this equestion centre has a polo school, where you can learn under expert instructors the art of polo from beginners to advanced levels.

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Polo in the Medoc region of France. Jerome asked me to photograph 2 days of polo, the chukkas were held in Montalivet-les-Bains for a beach polo day played on sand using a rubber inflated ball.

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Then a day on grass at a chateau in Macau, known more for its castles and vineyards, located on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, on the wine route between Bordeaux and Pauillac where a "country" polo tournament was organised as part of the south-west circuit of the Polo Federation of France.

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The beauty and power of this “sport of kings” has a long history dating back to the Parthian Empire with the modern game of polo finding it’s roots in India. The few days of physical commitment of the players and horses gave credit to the ancestry and pedigree of this sport.

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first words : 2006 / latest update : 2021