When traveling, we tend to visit beaches, museums, and street fairs. However, away from the main attractions lie sights of great cultural and historical importance: horse stables. In Stables: Majestic Spaces for Horses, authors Olga Prud’homme Farges and Alice Vayron de la Moureyre describe thow these unique stables provide the best in comfort and style for horses around the globe. Gabrielle Boiselle, one of the most successful horse photographers, enhances these stories with exquisite pictures of the stables and their inhabitants.
Stables includes an inside view of private estates, such as His Majesty the King’s Stud Farm in Morroco Also included are temples of equestrianship, such as the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Spain, and champion training facilities like The Calumet Farm in Kentucky.
Horses have long held a position of honor in human society, and have maintained their allure even when machines took over most of the horse’s traditional jobs. Evidence of the great love people hold for their horses can be found, for example, in Louvranges, Belgium, where stables are incorporated into the mansion of the de Pauw family, with an elegant saddle room connecting the residence to the equestrian buildings. In fact, every room in the household give the occupant views of the magnificent equine athletes.
The historical and religious presence of horses exemplified in the Udaipur Palace stables in Southern Rajasthan, India. The very heart of the palace complex is reserved for stabling the royal horses. For hundreds of years, the horses have been given this place of honor in recognition of their role in the royal House of Mewar’s fortunes.
Stables: Majestic Stables from Around the World reveals stables that enhance our experiences with horses. These magnificent structures allow us to admire more completely what might be the most regal animal to walk the land.