Race of satin

Arles - Sports équestres - Sunday 12 June. - Free

Since 1529, the Satin Race has been held. This type of race belongs to the old fund of ritual ceremonies that the ancient civilizations have bequeathed to Christianity. Originally, horse races were held in Arles on Saturday, the eve of Pentecost and the day of the great fair. The prize was a green silk scarf with silver fringes.

In the Arles region, these races, without betting and just for the sake of honour, have always been very popular with the public. It is true that horse breeding here dates back to Celtic times and today, Arles and its delta are still a major breeding and equestrian area.

The day's events

Old-fashioned ferrades competition

As has always been practised, the gardians must "courséger" (pursue the bull by guiding it), fall and catch it, on pain of disqualification, between two furrows or lines marked out by the ol, in front of the jury where personalities from the world of chaval and bovino sit. About ten teams will compete in this competition.

Handling competition

A particularly spectacular event due to the equestrian knowledge of our riders and the speed of their horses. Open to all riders.

Taïolo Race

This race is open to riders of all regions and all breeds of horses. The winner receives a red "taiolo".

Satin Race

Reserved exclusively for horses of the Camargue breed with paper, it is run bareback (without saddle). The winner will receive a gold embroidered "satin scarf", a replica of which is on display at the Museon Arlaten.

He will keep it for one year. It will only become his property after three consecutive victories.

Little white race

Reserved for Camargue horses with papers, it is run with or without saddle.

  • Free

Information provided by OT Arles

  • Address

    Lieu à déterminer
    13200 Arles

  • Organiser

    Festiv'Arles / Committee of the "feasts of Arles"

  • Phone

    • 04 90 96 47 00
  • Website

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