The story behind
At the Cadre Noir national riding school in Saumur – a symbol of French equestrian tradition – horses and riders in ceremonial costume perform in the Grand Manège arena. Voltes, serpentines, spirals, diagonals: the figures executed by these high-level dressage riders and their mounts inspired the scrolls of Henri d’Origny’s Grand Manège. In this detail from the original design, the imagination concentrates on the equestrian finery. Fabric rosettes, cockades, bits and stirrups, leather and buckles mark out on the silk the curves and lines traced by the horses during these demonstrations of virtuosity.

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