The Equestrian Show at the Big Stables

Last Sunday, on the occasion of the National Heritage Weekend, the Big Royal Stables opened their gates to all of us who were curious about the Equestrian Show of Bartabas and his Versailles Academy.

For those of you who do not know Bartabas, I report that he is a persona non grata at the Chateau, as well as at the Ministry of Culture in Paris where in 2007 he broke everything in the Minister’s office when our headless rider found out that  his Academy was not allocated the promised funds.

The Equestrian Academy is almost exclusively female, which is quite a change since the days of monarchy; yet, as I recall, under Louis XV a woman was running the Stables — an impressive contingency, considering that she was in charge of over one thousand men and over two thousand horses. Today the equestrian statistics have dwindled quite a bit; but even though Bartabas is only forty-nine and is too young to retire,  a probability for his successor to be a female happens to be higher than ever, all Bartabas needs is a good kick under the ribs by one of his pure-breds.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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