Race of satin

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.

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Race of satin Domaine de Méjanes
13123 Arles

Means of communication

  • Website : http://www.festivarles.com

Types

  • Traditions and folklore

Topics

  • Equestrian sports
  • Horse racing

Categories

  • Traditional festival
  • Competitive sport

Dates of the festivities

Sunday 16 June 2024.

Rates

Free of charge.

Types

  • Traditions and folklore

Topics

  • Equestrian sports
  • Horse racing

Categories

  • Traditional festival
  • Competitive sport
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