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Sanitary

The Equirando is an event open to all. The public may be present but, depending on the health crisis, they may have to present a health pass in accordance with the health rules put in place for this event.

The organizer reserves the right to implement preventive practices and/or more restrictive measures at any time in order to ensure that the spread of rhinopneumonia is limited.

On the Haras Henson site in Rue, the equine vaccine is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

Be careful, some organizers of the J- impose it. These can be identified on the interactive map available online. Veterinary checks will be put in place at the entrance gates to the site to ensure the good health of the equines arriving at the assembly site.

If the organizing committee is forced to cancel the Equirando for health reasons (prefectural decision), it undertakes to postpone registrations in 2023 under the same conditions on the proposed dates or to reimburse them, as desired.

The health certificate completed by a veterinarian is compulsory only for foreign riders, subject to other provisions related to the current equine health context.

Event

This 54th edition of the Equirando will take place from July 29 to 31, 2022, at Haras Henson in Rue (80), in the Hauts-de-France region.

The Equirando is the largest European gathering of equestrian tourism. Each edition takes place in a different region. In 2022, Hauts-de-France will welcome it! Before arriving at the site of the event on D-Day, the Equirandins must cover at least 100 kilometers on horseback or in a team (or on foot/bicycle!), starting from where and when they want. At the end of their journey, a weekend of meetings and festivities awaits them: for 3 days, horseback riders and leaders from all over France, Europe and beyond will be reunited. On the program: shows, entertainment, parade, hikes, exhibitor village, festive dinners, etc.

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Access to the beaches is obviously very regulated in summer and the bathing areas of Crotoy, Quend-Plage and Fort-Mahon-Plage are forbidden to horses, which is normal. On the other hand, on Saturday morning July 30, day of the hike in Baie en Somme, the Equirando will have the privilege of accessing the coast of Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont (1) and the National Nature Reserve of the Bay of Sum. This is an immense opportunity, but also a duty of responsibility and a strong message: that of protecting nature, here remarkably preserved by the presence within the nature reserve of the Parc Ornithologique du Marquenterre.

To guide the riders, the Equirando 2022 will be welcomed there by the Henson horses and the Cavaliers des Baies de Somme and Authie, who have been present in these magical places for 40 years. A truly privileged moment, respectful, friendly and responsible.(1) the town of Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont has 14km of coastline and no road access to the sea. It is the most preserved place on the entire Picardy Coast .

It is not compulsory to leave with your own horse to participate in the Equirando. One solution is to rent a horse in a specialized structure. Another is to get closer to the clubs/equestrian centers/equestrian tourism centers that are also participating to join their team.

The Equirandins will be able to arrive from Friday July 29 in the afternoon, where the veterinary check will be waiting for them. The departure is scheduled over the course of the day on Sunday, July 31. Follow our social networks and consult our newsletters to not miss anything of the program!

As for accommodation, you must bring camping gear (tent/motorhome/caravan, pillows, blankets, etc.) and parking gear for your horse (ribbon, stakes, drums).

Compulsory equipment:

  • your identity papers,
  • your FFE license (annual or green),
  • the identification book(s) of your horse(s), with up-to-date compulsory vaccinations (health certificate compulsory for foreign riders, subject to other provisions linked to the current equine health context),
  • your road book,
  • bucket.


It is recommended to have with you:

  • a first aid kit (human and horse),
  • a hoof pick,
  • a sponge,
  • an electric lamp,
  • maps and a compass.

Registrations

No specific level (gallop) is required to be able to participate in the Equirando. However, a good knowledge of horseback riding/driving, mapping and roaming are necessary to cover at least 100 km.

To participate in the Equirando, you need an FFE license. If you don't have one, you can choose:

  • an annual license, at €36,
  • a green license, valid for 30 days (from the activation date you choose to schedule), at 10€.

The organizing committee can provide you with one. To validate your license, he will need: your surname, first name, date of birth, sex, postal address, nationality, telephone number, e-mail, surname and first name of a person in charge if the person is a minor (relationship ), as well as the date of commissioning if you opt for a green license.

The license can be validated once payment has been received. This can be done:

  • by check: payable to the Equirando 2022 Organizing Committee,
  • par virement : demander le RIB par mail : equirando2022.hdf@gmail.com

Children can participate in Equirando under the responsibility of their parents. A specific tariff – from 16 years old has been planned for them. You can consult the price list.

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Les inscriptions sont désormais closes pour l’édition 2022.

Constitution of the teams

It is quite possible to form a team of one person.

You can come accompanied. Three options are available to the person(s) wishing to accompany you:

  • register at the “accompanying” rate: the person will have access to the bivouac, the toilets, the catering, the parade, etc… in the same way as an Equirandin.
  • request an additional meal for Saturday evening: the person will be able to participate in the festive evening on Saturday evening. Access to shows, events and the exhibitor village (food trucks and refreshments) also included. 
  • participate as an outside visitor: no access to the bivouac, nor to the catering, but access to the shows, the animations and the village of exhibitors (foodtrucks and refreshments). 

Roaming

On average, you can cover 25 kilometers a day on horseback.

Developed approach routes are listed on our online interactive map. These routes will be checked, at least from Haras Henson until every D-3, at best up to 100km away. You can find the recognized portions on the map. Beyond these distances, and outside the approach routes, we will not be able to ensure the recognition of other routes such as those present in the collaborative space.

You can absolutely take the start from another place than the one proposed.

If so, we invite you to consult GeoCheval, a veritable library of routes in which you will find plenty of information. The Classic Card is accessible to everyone. License holders will be able to connect to the Premium Card using their FFE identifiers and benefit from exclusive features (downloading of gpx tracks, IGN base map up to 1/25,000th, additional local circuits, etc.) .

You can also take a look in the collaborative space of the Equirando interactive map , or exchange with others participants by joining The Equirandins Facebook group!

You can find on our interactive map all information about the stages on D-1, D -2 and D-3 as well as a list of equestrian accommodation in the area.

Here are some options to best organize your trip:

  • be accompanied or joined by assistance
  • to go back and forth on horseback/in a team
  • pay for the services of a carrier to repatriate the horses
  • loop or star hikes around the Haras des Henson

In the same way as the portions for riders of the approach routes, reconnaissance and verification work is in progress to ensure the accessibility of the teams (establishment of a variant if necessary), at least from the Haras Henson until each D-2 , at best up to 100km away. Outside and beyond these approach routes, we will not be able to provide reconnaissance. Routes and diversions will be updated over time on our interactive map.

Bivouac

Les paddocks seront de taille « standard », c’est-à-dire environ 25 m2 par cheval.

The Equirandins will be accommodated on a large bivouac, very close to the toilets, the catering tent, the exhibitors' village, the show careers, events, etc... They will be placed in direct proximity to their horses and grouped by country/ regions. Each Equirandin must bring his camping equipment and something to park his horse as recommended in the mandatory equipment, above.

Volunteers

To be part of the volunteer team during this Equirando, you only have to complete the registration form, after having read and approved the Volunteer Charter.

Attention, pour l’édition 2022, les inscriptions en tant que bénévoles sont désormais terminées !

The volunteer period for Equirando is open from Tuesday July 26 to Monday August 01, 2022.

  • tag/untag,
  • build/deconstruct the paddocks,
  • support accommodation on D-1, D-2 and D-3,
  • welcome hikers (veterinary control),
  • organize the parade,
  • welcome outside visitors,
  • clean up droppings on public roads,
  • monitor the bivouac,
  • assister les randonneurs,
  • eEnsure the security,
  • etc…

Les inscriptions sont terminées ! N’hésitez pas à nous contacter directement par téléphone.

The minimum age to join the volunteer team is 18 years old.

Would you like to be a volunteer during the Equirando?

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