The much-anticipated Paris Olympics 2024 is all set to make history with a unique choice of the equestrian venue: the grounds of the iconic Palace of Versailles. As equestrian enthusiasts look forward to this colossal event, here's an exclusive peek into the preparation and organization of the equestrian events at Versailles, the transcendent backdrop for the Games.

Paris 2024 Equestrian Venue: The Venue at Versailles

Located in the historic grounds of the Palace of Versailles, the equestrian venue for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is 35 kilometers from the Olympic Village. The preparations showcase a marriage of heritage and modernity, with a temporary 16,000-seater outdoor arena under construction at the UNESCO world heritage site.

The arena is positioned on the 12.85 acres of the Étoile Royale esplanade, beside the Grand Canal. This scenic location bordered by three grandstands, leaves an open-ended section overlooking the Grand Canal and the palace facade, connecting the sporting venue seamlessly with the historic scenery.

Schedule and Management of Equestrian Events

From 27th July to 11th August, and again from 3–7th September 2024, the arena will host stage two eventing disciplines (dressage and showjumping) along with the showjumping and dressage competitions, and para-equestrian events. The 5.3 km individual and team eventing cross-country course will be held beside the Grand Canal, integrating the historic environment of the Palace of Versailles into the Olympic events.

The equestrian park will include three warm-up areas subdivided into six arenas. A designated one-way system will facilitate efficient movement for competitors, avoiding any overlaps in the running events. The welfare of the participating horses has been a pivotal consideration while planning the stabling and schedules. Horses will be allocated stables based on their discipline rather than their country of origin, and strict arrival and departure schedules will be in place.

Environmental Commitment and Post-Games

In keeping with the organizers' environmental commitments, all temporary structures necessary for hosting the competitions will be dismantled, and the grounds will be reverted to their original state post-Games. However, one significant vestige of the Games will be a comprehensive restoration of the Royal Gate to its original layout.

Horses and Historical Versailles

Horses have been synonymous with Versailles since the reign of the French Kings, where horses played diverse roles in warfare, transportation, and entertainment. This longstanding association of Versailles with horses makes it an ideal venue for the upcoming Games.

An exclusive exhibition dedicated to horses and equestrian culture in Europe from the 16th to the 20th centuries will be part of the cultural program accompanying the Games. This immersive experience will serve as a conduit further connecting equestrian sports with the arts.


In conclusion, the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024 stands to offer a unique spectator experience, merging stellar athletic performances with immense historical and cultural value. The choice of the Versailles grounds as the battleground for equestrian events is not only a homage to history but also a testament to the continuous evolution of modern equestrian sports.


Horse & Hound, (2024). Everything We Know About The Paris Olympic Games Equestrian Venue. Available at: Accessed on: 1st April 2025.