FRANCE GALOP, the governing body of French horse racing, was created on 3 May 1995 by the merger between three horseracing associations: the Société d'Encouragement et des Steeple-Chases de France, the Société de Sport de France and the Société Sportive d'Encouragement.
Its role centres on promoting the improvement of the racehorse breed. By means of its role, France Galop helps to fund and coordinate a vibrant sector employing over 62,000 people (directly and indirectly), operating throughout the regions of France.
FRANCE GALOP is an association coming under the dual supervision of the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance, while the Ministry for the Interior oversees the regularity of betting operations.
Under the authority of its chairman, Edouard de Rothschild(elected in 2003), FRANCE GALOP's members include representatives of regional racing authorities, representatives of various socio-professional categories and other horseracing experts.
Under the chairman's authority, the structure is equipped with a General Management role, entrusted since July 2008 to M. Hubert Monzat. Answering to the France Galop General Manager, four operational divisions ensure the smooth running of the horseracing body: the Race and Racecourse Divisionthe Finance and Organisation Division, the Marketing and Communication Division and the Human Resources Division.
FRANCE GALOP runs six racecourses under the authority of a racecourse director: Longchamp, Auteuil, Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville.
These last three sites are also training centres managed and maintained by France Galop so as to provide the professionals (trainers) with the spaces and tools required for the day-to-day training of racehorses. It also organises jumps races at Enghien racecourse.
Every year, FRANCE GALOP organises some of the most prestigious races in the world: