The French national riding school – Le Cadre Noir de Saumur – is coming to the UK for its first major performance in May.

The school will perform at Earls Court in London from 25-27 May.

Fifty horses and 22 riders will travel to London. As part of the show audiences will see the riders performing spectacular movements including the famous “airs above the ground”.

The show will be accompanied by musicians from the European Symphony Orchestra.

Le Cadre Noir de Saumur dates back to 1825 when it provided training to the officers of the French cavalry and gets its name from their black uniforms.

Colonel Jean-Michael Faure (pictured above), commander of Le Cadre Noir de Saumur said: “We are thrilled to be coming to London. For our first UK show we are creating something special.

“It’s a huge honour for us to be able to showcase our skills and heritage to an audience that is so dedicated and proud of its own equestrian and military tradition.”

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Photos by Laurioux – ENE/IFCE