Equestrian tourism emerged in the 1950s in Europe, and especially in France, at a time when machines were taking over from animal-drawn vehicles. Since then it has moved from being a potentially pleasant activity to become a very concrete reality and one of the surest ways of developing horse riding.

In the space of forty years, and in a society where more and more time is being devoted to leisure, equestrian tourism has gone from being a marginal and little-thought-of activity, to today becoming undoubtedly the best means of gaining and retaining the interest of the largest number of horse riders and attracting the general public through the values that are linked to it.


An attractive activity

The particularity of this activity is that anyone can do it. Whether a champion or a beginner, every horse rider has immediate access; this guarantees a vast source of potential riders. Those wishing to turn this activity into the easiest or the most difficult personal challenge can easily go on trail rides needing them to remain in the saddle for hours, go on long distance trails and participate in or organise very long journeys on horseback. Every rider must know and understand the fact that equestrian tourism offers a world full of knowledge, skill and experience. It is also possible to achieve a high technical level and merit the same dignity as other equestrian disciplines.

The meaning of equestrian tourism, previously only encompassing trail riding or journeys on horseback, has today widened to also include "all equestrian activities undertaken by tourists outside their normal place of residence", i.e. training courses, improvement courses and other aspects or diverse types of vacation principally revolving around the horse.


Né dans les années cinquante en Europe et spécialement en France, au moment où la machine prenait le pas sur la traction animale, le tourisme équestre a depuis longtemps dépassé le stade des potentialités sympathiques pour devenir une réalité bien concrète et être l'une des manières les plus sûres de développer l'équitation.

Memorandum of Understanding France-Benelux

On May 15, 2017, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Veterinary Services of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg concerning the animal health conditions governing the non-commercial movement of horses was concluded.

An attractive activity

The particularity of this activity is that anyone can do it. Whether a champion or a beginner, every horse rider has immediate access

Inquiry of international routes and accomodations of equestrian tourism

To live, prosper and satisfy its publics, the equestrian tourism, which means travel with horse, requires a specific organization : reliable and identified routes, with organized stop places, allow the travellers riders to find what they need to feed,  water and  accomodate their horse and to feed themselves and breathe, in good conditions of comfort.

Young riders TREC European championship 2019


The young riders TREC European championship 2019 take place in Brachfeld (Germany) from the 29 to 31 August. This year, the Junior competition by pair is proposed. You can find all information in the 2019 TREC rules updated in April. 

Information and registration here

500 riders for the 500 years of Chambord

The FITE is a partner of the 500 riders of Chambord, organised for the anniversary of the Renaissance. French Equestrian that we know today take its origins in this period of history. This event is an opportunity to celebrate the history of Chambord with a hiking and equestrian strolling. See you on June 29th and 30th, 2019!

Equirando 2019

The Equirando returns from August 1st to 4th, 2019 in the Haras de Breviaires in Yvelines. As in previous editions, the FITE is one of the main partners of the event.

The Eurasian

The FITE support the Eurasian project aims to connect in Grenoble to Vietnam. This project promotes soft traveling, develop equestrian routes in many countries, but also bring the need for equestrian cross-border agreements.


Memorandum of Understanding FITE-FEI


FITE - Parc Equestre Fédéral - La Colonie

41600 - Lamotte