Young horse shows in France and why they are proving to be so valuable.

France has a complete young horse circuit for 3-7 year olds that has proven time and again it is a vital part of the preparation of young horses.


The 3 year old classes are not as full as the 4,5, and 6 year old classes, as many owners chose not to show their horses until 4 years old. The three year old classes include free jumping and riding the horses in a class very similar to hunter hack, where the horse is walked, trotted, and cantered both directions in front of judge and then jumps a line of fences. It is the perfect way to get a young horse exposed to a show atmosphere and give them a good basis to start their jumping career.

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Diego (pictured above)

The four year old series includes both the training and qualification series, where heights are maxed out at 1.15m. The courses are set with friendly fences, wide turns, and riders are even given the opportunity to jump the open water at the regional finals.


Cash (pictured above)

The five year old series also includes a training and qualification series and courses are set at a max height of 1.25m. Much like the 4 year old series, this series offers courses that are meant to build confidence for the young ones.


Briseis (pictured above)

The 6 year old series becomes a bit more demanding and Alize and I believe this is where the cream of the crop stand out. Courses are set at a max height of 1.35m and include also a speed round. The turns are smaller, lines more challenging, and the horses have to demonstrate scope. The horses that are unable to continue at this height are offered a 6 year old training series which is set at the same height as the 5 year old qualification (1.25m). Horses that compete in the 6 year old qualification series that qualify for both the regional and national final clearly demonstrate scope for 1.40m or higher.


Aurane (pictured above)

The last young horse series that is offered, is the 7 year old series. This series is for GP prospects. It is demanding, high, and technical. Only the best make it through to the regional and national finals, where they often times finish with great rounds and high price tags! However, we have found some really talented horses competing in this series that are still reasonably priced. If you are looking for a 1.45m prospect or higher, this is the place.

The 3,4,5,6, and 7 year old young horse show circuits provide great exposure and confidence building courses for the young ones. As the horse gets farther along they are challenged and pushed to become better. We feel horses that compete in the young horse series are incredibly well prepared to compete in the American young horse shows as the heights are higher in France.

Import a horse? Yikes, that sounds scary!

Horse import

Maybe you have experienced this situation…Your trainer suggests that you import a horse, a friend tells you to look at horses in Europe, or you even see your next dream horse located in France, but why would you ever want to import a horse? Doesn’t that costs too much? Isn’t the process incredibly complicated?

Importing a horse can be a daunting thought for many horse lovers looking to buy their next horse. However, we strive to make this process not only very easy, but also affordable. One of the big points to consider is that horses in France are normally priced less than horses in the U.S. that do the same job. Why you might ask, because there is a big supply of horses and not as much demand. The horses in France are also breed to jump higher; therefore the average maximum height a horse can jump is higher than that of horses in the U.S. Hunters are priced less simply because these are not the type of show jumping horse that the French want. Even with the transport on top of the price, prices are more than likely going to be more affordable in France.

But what about the process? We have a document that explains everything in detail to ease your worries and make you aware of just how things are going to work. We are also available to answer any questions and want to make this experience the most rewarding experience for our clients as possible. It is a big financial investment and we understand your reservations, hesitations, and worries. Excel documents are provided with estimations of all costs to keep you aware of your total costs so that there are no surprises. We also work with an exceptional shipper, Equi-Services, who provides clients with very competitive rates and great customer service. Another big part of the mission of our company is to provide clients with fair commission fees (10%) with discounts for multiple purchases and honesty, as clients know the exact amount they are paying us for commission.

So don’t worry, we are here to simplify the process for you and make this an incredible and exciting experience.

For more information visit our website and download Buying a Horse with FHE




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