Welcome to the Grande Semaine d’Uzès, Young Horse Endurance National Finals hosted by the Société Hippique Française (SHF).

What is endurance?

Equestrian endurance is a long-distance race, similar to a marathon, practiced outdoors over long distances and marked trails.

During the national final, over 500 young endurance horses set off on the trails of Uzès and travel several tens of kilometers to try and win the coveted title of Champion of their generation. The king of the discipline, the Arabian or Half-Arabian horse, puts on a show during 3 days of competition.

Free entry. Exhibitors village and catering on site. Evening events and entertainment.


For more than 25 years, Uzès has been organising the Young Horse Endurance Finals under the aegis of the Société Hippique Française (SHF).

The young horse endurance circuit is:

  • 103 competitions organised throughout France
  • 2 121 horses
  • 5 550 entries

The circuit is made up of regional and inter-regional events open to horses aged 4, 5 and 6 years old. The horses then qualify for the national final, in each age category.

A young endurance horse is surrounded by a whole team that is made up of breeders, trainers, riders, and a crew to accompany and provide them with the necessary care.
Young horses cover distances of 40, 60 or 90 km adapted to their age and divided into several loops, with rest periods. They are checked at the end of each loop by the expert eyes and hands of veterinarians. Heart rate, metabolism, speed of recovery are checked on arrival and this determines the allocation of precious points which decides the ranking.

Learn more about all the stages of the arrival of a race in this video:

Le SHF circuit, creator of future champions

Many champions have trained on the SHF circuit, then go on to shine in France and internationally. Here are a few examples:
LAIZA DE JALIMA (AR) by Ismael d'Aubanel (AR) x Piruet (AR).

  • Très Bon at 5 years old
  • Excellent at 6 years old
  • Team Silver medal at the World Championships in 2014 at Caen
  • Team Silver medal at the European Championships in 2015 at Samorin

SECRET DE MON COEUR (AAC) by Ismael d'Aubanel (AR) x Calin de Mels (AA).

  • Participated in the 4 and 6-year-old circuit
  • Très Bon at 5 years old
  • World Champion at 7 years old
  • Team Silver medal at the World Championships in 2014 at Caen
  • Team Silver medal at the European Championships in 2015 at Samorin and individual 3rd place.

GUARFAO DE BOZOULS (AR) by Faousi (AR) x Rim (AR).

  • Participated in the 4-year-old circuit
  • Très bon at 5 years old
  • Qualified for the final at 6 years old
  • 7th at the World Championships at 7 years old.
  • Team Silver medal at the European Championships in 2015 at Samorin and individual 11th place.

For more information about the SHF :


The Société Hippique d'Uzès (SHU) is an association governed by the law of 1901. Its aim is to organise equestrian events and competitions (dressage, club and show jumping competitions, endurance races) and to promote horses.

Based at the Haras national (national stud) of Uzès, they have always worked in close collaboration. Its management committee is made up of a president Antonio Nogueira, a vice-president Louis Basty, a secretary Robert Cristofoli, a vice-secretary Laure Cristofoli, a treasurer Serge Guiraud and a vice-treasurer Bénédicte Soullier. In addition to this management committee, there are about thirty members.

During major events, the SHU has no less than 80 volunteers who help organise these events. This association is particularly dedicated to the organisation of the Young Horse Endurance National Finals SHF (Société Hippique Française), its main event.

The SHU also works in close collaboration with the Communauté de Communes de l’Uzège et la ville d’Uzès in order to permanently and optimally develop the trails and arenas of the SHF Young Horse Finals. It is also behind the organisation of several show jumping events throughout the year.

For more information on the Société Hippique d'Uzès:


The Haras d'Uzès is one of many sites of the Haras nationaux.

Following the general reform of public policies, the Haras nationaux merged in February 2010 with the Ecole nationale d’équitation de Saumur (National Riding School of Saumur) to form a common entity, the Institut Français du Cheval et de l’Équitation (IFCE).

Like the other establishments of the Haras nationaux, the Haras d'Uzès aims to support the development and professionalisation of companies in the equine sector. The Haras d'Uzès is therefore the showground for many events (nearly 60 days in a year) because the site lends itself to all activities that horse riding has to offer (breeding, events, horse ball, endurance, shows...).

For the general public: guided tours, self-guided tours, shows...

For professionals and associations: All site equipment is available for the organisation of events, equipment rental, organisation of breed competitions, hosting of seminars, headquarters for associations, school of carriage driving, external services...

For more information: Site du Haras National D’Uzès