Located in the Departmental park in la Courneuve (Georges Valbon) and covering over ten hectares, the UCPA equestrian center features fine facilities for optimal riding. Twelve months a year, the equestrian center is a meeting place for riders of all levels from the smallest (two years old) to adult for beginners or competition level thanks to the variety of activities and subscription options proposed. Shetlands for smaller kids, ponies for children starting from early primary years, to horses for the older ones or the more experienced riders - about 120 equine animals !
The equestrian center holds the certification ‘Establishment ranked category N° 1, French riding school (EFE- Ecole Française Equitation)’.
Both a sport and leisure Site, the UCPA equestrian center is as popular with riders as it is with walkers for the many events it organizers throughout the year : first time competition on ponies, horse dressage competitions and show jumping, discovering horse-drawn carriages, equestrian vaulting, Christmas ponies…
In the spotlight, every year in spring, in partnership with Seine-Saint-Denis County Council, the equestrian center hosts : the International Jumping competition (20 nations, 180 horses) and draft-horse day (carthorse).
Every Sunday, UCPA in la Courneuve proposes short 5-minute rides on ponies for 2 euros (approximate rates 2014). Children between 2 to 7 will be able to enjoy the sensation of riding a pony if even for a few minutes – of course the parents stay close to their children during this short excursion. Riding caps are available from the equestrian center and are compulsory !
During school holidays it is also possible to sign up for full-day riding courses. These specific courses are open to everyone: children and adults. Remember to register in advance as demand is great. One day, two days…make your choice…!
Cafeteria and snacks : the Club House
A cafeteria is open in the UCPA site in La Courneuve
Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturdays 9:30am to 12h30pm and from 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Sunday mornings 9:30am to 12:30pm (open on competitions Sundays until 6:30pm)
For information: the cafeteria is closed during school holidays
A snack bar is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:00pm to midnight
Riding and disabilities
The departmental equestrian center in La Courneuve proposes equestrian activities for disabled people with monitors at specific hours. Please contact the UCPA center for more information about times and rates.