© Fédération française d’équitation

French Riding School seal of approval, 2012.

Today, the number of equestrian centres, equestrian clubs and other equestrian education centres is on the rise. Nearly 7,000 private, public and associative equestrian organisations exist in France. Accordingly, to ensure quality education, cavalry and infrastructure along with comprehensibility at the national level, the French Equestrian Federation implemented a seal of approval. There are currently 1,600 French riding schools that meet this standard of quality and provide approved education. In fact, to qualify for competition, riders must pass examinations or "gallops", which allow them to not only acquire a certain level of riding, but also to understand the basics of hippology and the daily caring of horses.