If you’ve been following the action from the bright white arena of the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show CSI5* in St. Tropez, France, from June 1 – 3, 2017 you know that there is no lack of glamour at this uber-exclusive venue. For some of the world’s best horses and riders, this competition is worth the travel to the South of France—with a holiday atmosphere and a friendly show schedule with the beach just steps away, well, what more can one ask for?
Outside of the VIP, which we toured on day 1 of this three-day competition, the grooms and riders appreciate a stabling area that is entirely shaded by tall pines, and while it’s partially adjacent to the road, it maintains a quiet, relaxed atmosphere for the horses. Take a look around as we go behind the scenes in St. Tropez:
And now for the walk back to the stabling, where no one is ever in danger of getting a sunburn under all those trees:
See if you can recognize any of these famous faces lounging in their stalls. Hint: they include Thursday’s winner of the €92,000 Prix Premiumares CSI5*, and Friday’s winner of the €92,000 Prix Julius Baer CSI5*.