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Billy-Chevannes
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 47
Persons: 4+
Category: Other
Host ID: 8439
Country: France

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Last Updated: October 22, 2019

Horse Stud in Chevannes, department Nièvre, region Burgandy (Bourgogne) in France.
The perfect place to improve your french ! because we are french and very happy to help persons to speak our language !

In 2011, our stud is classified 2nd endurance horse stud of French top 100.

Here is a place for nature lovers, those who need the city will not be happy here.

We breed horse barb, arabian-barb, anglo-arabian and arabian horses. Our four-legged family consists of 55 members, stallions, mares, foals and grown-up horses that we ride mainly to prepare them for endurance races competition.
My husband and myself host helpers having passion and love for horse.

In exchange of accomodations, and riding gratis (only if you are an excellent english style horse rider), you will share some activities with horses: feeding, mushing, cleaning stables, breeding. Could sometimes be a little gardening in the garden in season (rare).

IMPORTANT: The riders who do not know how to use a halter, clean out the feet of a horse, to brush a horse, to put a bridle and a saddle, should not contact me.


The rider who wants to improve his technical farriery could look, learn and give tools to my husband, who puts shoes (iron or plastic) to our horses, so may be you can become a beginner blacksmith !

To ride, you really have to be a very good rider, sporty , relaxed even when we are cantering, and you have not to exceed 65 kg (very maximum, weigh you please) for the respect of your friend horse. You must have a good physic condition and no problem of health (even old, like tendinit, articular, scoliosis, or even allergy).

We have no more horses to learn you to ride, so beginners will not be able to ride here, I`m sorry.

Indeed, we raise our foals and young horses ourselves, then we pull them and participate to endurance races (from 20 to 160km). Endurance is an outside discipline for which the training is long. Also, training can be intensive sometimes, that`s the reason of good condition required.

The horse rider has to know and respect his horse, he has to learn how to make do with the difficulties with the ground, the meteo, the hills, to finish with a horse in a excellent physical condition.
And especially, the rider must behave like a friend with his horse, because for us our horses are our friends and our family members.
Here we keep our old horses until the end and we take care like others.

The atmosphere is very relaxed but serious because it`s the horse above all.

We host all year. Marcel, my husband, and myself, Marie-Christine, speak french, and I speak english, but Marcel prefers welcome persons speaking french (even bad) to understand them and to be understood !, and it will be good for you to improve your french! Here french immersion is complete.

We can`t welcome helpers aged under 18, please be honest with your age and be mature, young people who still need family may have difficulties here cause it`s an adult world.

And, very important, you will not eat meat here. If you want, you can buy at the supermarket but I don`t cook it.

Les cavaliers Français sont évidemment les bienvenus !!



reviews (22)
Helper: Alexia Marchett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 26, 2019
After 16 different helpx this was my worst experience! This is the first tim... view complete review

Helper: Tess Fortuné Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 22, 2017
J'ai passé trois semaines chez Marie et Marcel et ce fut trois semaines inten... view complete review

Helper: Chiara Nanni Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: May 31, 2017
I can't believe I forgot to write a review for Marie and Marcel's slice of he... view complete review

Helper: James Crehuet Gramatyka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 29, 2017
Bonjour!!!! Je suis James , je suis Espagnol, j'aime la France,la cusine f... view complete review

Helper: Cecile Crosnier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 22, 2015
I spend one year in Australia to finally fund what I was looking for in my ow... view complete review

Helper: Carrie White Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 18, 2014
I stayed about two months, and had a wonderful and very rewarding experience ... view complete review

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Helper: Irene Ezran Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 1, 2014
WARNING: If you go to this training center, you will have the opportunity to ... view complete review

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Helper: Ronja Schuldt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 23, 2014
The first week was definitely hard for me, as my French wasn’t really good an... view complete review

Helper: Cecile HUE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 9, 2014
I stayed at the farm for 3 weeks from May 4 to 26 and had an awesome time wit... view complete review

Helper: Lisa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 22, 2014
Je recommande à tout bon cavalier un séjour chez Marie Christine et Marcel ! ... view complete review

Helper: Phoebe Hunt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 3, 2013
I stayed with Marie and Marcel for 4 weeks from April-May 2013. Overall, i... view complete review

Helper: Daria Canova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: June 2, 2013
I spent two weeks to Marie and Marcel this Winter. I write only now cause I m... view complete review

Helper: Diego Detang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: January 8, 2013
Well in first case thanks so much to Marie and Marcel I have been more than t... view complete review

Helper: Rahel Götz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 22, 2012
I spent two weeks here, home to over 70 Arabian and Barb horses as well as to... view complete review

Helper: Violaine Regnault Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 26, 2011
I spent 10 days in Marie's place and I had a very good time there. First o... view complete review

Helper: Sissel Wangenborg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: November 29, 2011
This was my first experience as a helper and I learned so much! Marie, Marcel... view complete review

Helper: Marjorie petitpain Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: September 1, 2011
Je suis arrivée à l'élevage début juillet 2011 et comptais y rester 1 mois ma... view complete review

Helper: Grant WELLINGTON Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: August 3, 2011
Marie and Marcel have treated me with the authentic care of a family for the ... view complete review

Helper: Kristin Bardsen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Norway Date: May 27, 2011
I stayed with Marie and Marcel for about one week, and it was both a positive... view complete review

Helper: Capriani Gilles Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 9, 2010
I highly recommend this place cos it's probably the paradise for a rider !!! ... view complete review

Helper: Christelle Cuzon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 24, 2010
I spent a very good week with Marie-Christine and Marcel. It's important ... view complete review

Helper: Christina Lumsden Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 22, 2010
I loved it here as it was everything a horse lover could ask for: beautiful h... view complete review

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