The Institutional actors

Fédération Nationale des conseils des chevaux

There currently exists 22 Horse Committees in France for 23 regions, founded between 1997 and 2008 : Alsace…………La Réunion. Three other projects are on the drawing board : …..Guyane. Encouraged by their regional initiatives, these different Horse Committees decided to group themselves together at a national level in order to give a supplementary dimension to their activity : The FCC was founded on the 26/05/2000 at Pau, under the chairmanship of Paul ESSARTIAL. Website :

Union Nationale Interprofessionelle du Cheval

UNIC is a non-profit association with public utility recognition. Its objective : the promotion of the French Horse Industry throughout the world. Being the junction between French supply and foreign demand, UNIC is a mediator, able to favourise relevant connections between the French market and foreign investors. UNIC is the only official ambassador of French products, skills and know-how over 5 continents. It takes on a prospective rôle, supporting all French businesses linked to the equine industry. Website :

IFCE : Institut Français Du Cheval Et De L’équitation I

The Institut Français Du Cheval et de l’Equitation was created by the decree n° 2010-90 of the 22nd of january under the joint authority of the agricultural ministry and the ministry in charge of sport. This new public institution of an administrative nature has for objective : - to promote the breeding of equidae and all equine activities – to promote the diffusion of equitation and equestrian art. The institution represents the sole public operator for the equine sector, from breeding up to top level equestrian sport. Its actions take place at national, european and international levels. Website :

Competitibity cluster Hippolia

The Hippolia Cluster is the only French competitivity hub assigned to the equine sector. It brings together research centres, educational institutions, industrial businesses and services in a common objective of developing research and innovation within the equine sector. The Hippolia Cluster also aims to improve skills , and to adequate staff training with the professionals’ expectations. It is also joint promoter of equi-ressources services. Website :

Fédération Française d’Equitation

Through its subscribing clubs, the official functions of the FFE relate to the issuing of licenses, the organisation of educational training, the issuing of federal diplomas and the formulation of rules governing the sport at high levels in the different equestrian disciplines. Website :