Mayenne – the land of champions

Pegasus, the winged horse, emblem of Mayenne

  • Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course d'obstacle

    Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course d'obstacle

    © Photo : Jean-Charles Druais

  • Hippodrome de Château-Gontier : course de galop

    Hippodrome de Château-Gontier : course de galop

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Hippodrome de bellevue à Laval : course de trot attelé

    Hippodrome de bellevue à Laval : course de trot attelé

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course de plat

    Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course de plat

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course de trot attelé

    Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course de trot attelé

    © Photo : Jean-Charles Druais

  • Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course d'obstacle

    Hippodrome de la Touche à Craon : course d'obstacle

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Hippodrome de Château-Gontier : trot attelé

    Hippodrome de Château-Gontier : trot attelé

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Hippodrome de meslay-du-Maine : course de trot attelé

    Hippodrome de meslay-du-Maine : course de trot attelé

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

While crossing the Mayenne countryside you will be able to see lots of horses in the fields.
In the small hours of the morning you might catch them training. Many champions, in particular, trotters were bred and trained in this department by breeder-trainers recognised for their expertise by the profession.
 
When they are not racing at France’s famous racecourses  the horses of Mayenne race on courses in Mayenne itself, such as those at Laval and Meslay-du-Maine for trot racing or Craon for flat and jump racing.

Every autumn one horse racing event that is eagerly awaited is "Les Trois Glorieuses " (The Three Glorious Days), which organises, over a period of three days, flat, jump and trot racing  at the Craon racecourse.
 
Less famous, hidden away in the countryside, are some of the smaller venues, such as Molières or Nuillé-sur-Vicoin, which certainly deserve to be called racecourses.
The department of Mayenne has adopted as its emblem Pegasus , the winged horse of Greek mythology, by way of reference to the omnipresence of the horse in Mayenne.