The purpose of national stud farms is to administer the breeding of horses from production to use and as such to ensure gene pool preservation and enhancement, to exercise authority over horse-racing and betting and to contribute to the development of horsemanship.
The National Stud Farm (or Haras) of Uzès is the only one for the Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur and Corsica regions. The facilities are modern and include two large-sized riding stables, two outdoor schools for the studs, an arena and offices. The Stud Farm can be toured every afternoon from 2PM to 5PM (except Sundays) from March 15th to July 1st (breeding season). Guided tours on horseback are organized from June to September on Tuesday and Thursday. These tours are organized year round with reservations for groups. Phone: +33 (0)4 66 22 68 88.
It is at the Haras d’Uzès that Lucien Gruss, a master of schooling and a passionate horseman, has installed his nineteen stallions and team for the past seven years. In return for his horses’ food and lodging he performs eight shows in July and August, to the pleasure of old and young alike. It is an event that has such a high reputation for its sympathetic atmosphere and superb professionalism that he is much in demand for events outside the Haras including weddings, a notable recent example being Jean Reno’s high profile marriage in Provence in 2006.