With its 150 years of horse-racing activities, Chantilly has become the capital of horses. In the Chantilly area, 90 professionals train 3,000 horses for 800 owners. The Encouragement Society maintains the 277 acres of turf tracks and 75 miles of sand gallops to a high standard. This "thoroughbred industry" has an important impact on social and economic life. Some 2,000 jobs, directly or indirectly are linked with racing: trainers, lads, jockeys, blacksmiths, vets, saddlers and mushroom growers. Through its high standards the Training Centre contributes to the success of French thoroughbreds in international competitions and towards the improvement of horse breeds.
June: racing at Chantilly. Prix du Jockey‑Club This 2,400 meter race is dedicated to the best 3 year old colts and fillies of the year. It first ran in 1836, when the winner was the famous Frank, belonging to Lord Henry Seymour, the first President of the Encouragement Society. Prix de Diane (French Oaks) - This championship for 3 year-old fillies over 2,100 meters was run for the first time in 1843, when the great filly, Nativa, belonging to Prince Mare de Beauvau took the prize. Seven other meetings are organised in June