The Equirando, event of the National Equestrian Tourism Committee of the French Equestrian Federation, takes its name from the contraction of "riding" and "hiking". With around 1,000 participants from all over France and different countries (Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco, etc.), it is the largest European gathering of riders and leaders practicing outdoor riding.
The concept is simple, each participant starts from where they want and reaches the point of arrival, covering more than 100 kilometers with a horse, donkey or mule harnessed or mounted. The hiker organizes his stages as he sees fit to discover the regions crossed at his own pace. They leave for a week or several months, from France or abroad, the routes are different but all have the same destination.
The Equirando, known for its festive atmosphere and its big parade, puts horse riding in the countryside and the French regions in the spotlight.
The French Equestrian Federation entrusts the organization of each edition of this unique event to an Organizing Committee of the host region.
The participants are called Equirandins.
With the Equirando, set off to discover the regions: gastronomy, tourism, culture, landscapes... Equirandians from the four corners of France and Europe carry out a hike of at least three days - several weeks, even several months - to find this festive gathering which puts outdoor riding and the French regions in the spotlight. With a horse, a mule or a donkey, mounted or harnessed, everyone reaches the place of the festival at their own pace, which changes with each edition.
The idea of Equirando was born in 1961, when Henri Roque, a horseback rider, crossed France to Paris to meet the officials of the agricultural fair, and spoke on the way about the disappearance of the horse in everyday life. and in the army. He then organized a large gathering of outdoor horse riders at Puy du Fou, when summer came. The second edition, the summer of 1962, brought together more than 200 riders.
The event took the name of Equirando in 1987, from the contraction of "riding" and "hiking".
Annual until 2004, the event has since become biannual.