Pôle Hippique - Haras National de Saint-Lô) as it was the penultimate day of the annual Normandy Horse Show.
There are two National Studs in Normandy, the one in Saint-Lô was built by order of Emperor Napoleon in 1806 and is dedicated to breeding French warm bloods (Selle Francais), Percherons and the Normand Cob.
We'd arrived before the show jumping had begun so decided to take a look in the stable yard instead.
Having driven by the Haras many times but never stopping to take a look around inside I was excited to have the chance to see behind the scenes as it were..
After peeking into the stables, (I love the aroma of horses & hay) we wandered over to the nearby show rings, passing grooms leading dams and foals back inside.
As we approached we could see foals (sport horses, Cob Normand and ponies) lining up to be put through their paces in front of several judges and a large crowd of discerning breeders and professional horse owners.
The foals, all potential future champions, were there to be classified by the judges prior to being offered for sale at the trade show the following day.
On August 10th 2016 the French Equestrian Team clinched team gold in Eventing at the Olympic Equestrian Venue at Deodoro Park, Rio. Team Great Britain who had held on to gold since 1996, took silver.
Eventing, the first of three equestrian sports in the Olympics, tests riders on dressage, an outdoor cross country course and finally show jumping.
One member of the French team, Astier Nicolas on Piaf de B'Néville, (an original Selle Français horse born in the Manche, Normandie) also took silver in the individual event.
Have you enjoyed watching the Olympics this summer? What was your favourite event?