History of the Domaine de Méjanes

The domaine de Méjanes - A domain in the Camargue

Michèle Ricard, the Domaine de Méjanes's Landlady since her wedding in 1970, "reclaimed" the domain since the beginning of the year 2020. It was formerly put to use by the Ricard firm for the past 40 years.

She initiated a domain transformation that she wishes to present to you very soon.

Michèle Ricard, the Domaine de Méjanes's Landlady since her wedding in 1970, "reclaimed" the domain since the beginning of the year 2020. It was formerly put to use by the Ricard firm for the past 40 years.

She initiated a domain transformation that she wishes to present to you very soon.

  • 1971
  • 1972
  • 1974
  • 1976
  • 1978
  • 1981
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2013
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

The Cavalier de l'Apothéose

The Cavalier de l'Apothéose make quite an impression in Les Arènes de Méjanes.
Ramon Gallardo takes over the management of the arenas.

Birth of François-Xavier Diaz Ricard, Michèles Ricard's son

The Guillot Family

Pierre Guillot becomes the Domaine de Méjanes's steward. He moves to the domain with his spouse Antoinette et their five children (Isabelle, Anne, Xavier, Marie-Pierre, and Eugène). His son Xavier and Eugène will take over the management of the domain for 17 years.

Birth of Virginie Diaz Ricard, Michèle Ricard's daughter

Haute École horse dressage in Méjanes

Jean Alazar moves with his horse to Méjanes. The Cadre Noir de Saumur's hostlers come to les Arènes de Méjanes as well as the Olympic Dressage rider, Carlos Pinto (here on the picture).

Luc Jalabert and Alvaro Domecq

Luc Jalabert takes the alternative from the legendary Alvaro Domecq in les Arènes de Méjanes on the 14th of July.

Premiere of the Feria du Cheval (Horse Feria)

Luc and Marc Jalabert create the Feria du Cheval.

The Mondet family and Le Mazet du Vaccarès

Hélène and Néné become the general managers of Le Mazet du Vaccarès restaurant. They were the guardians of the Beauduc lighthouse since 1982.

The Horse Feria shows

Vincent Liberator is now the Horse Feria shows organiser in Méjanes.


The Méjanes Club

The Méjanes Club is created and works for the Parc de Doñana in Andalusia and the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue to be brought together.

Paco Ortiz's great adventure

Michèle Ricard's spouse, Paco Ortiz, is a lawyer and devoted rider. He goes on the daring adventure of traveling from the Parc de Doñana in Andalusia to the Parc Régional de Camargue, riding his horse Manguara.

The three deltas come together

Paco goes back on the road with Manguara and two riders with their Camargue horses to meet the Association des Calèche du Delta in Amposta. This symbolic meeting of the reunited three deltas (Guadalquivir, Ebre, Camargue) is organised by the Doñana, Ebre, and Camargue Parks.

Don Angel Peralta

Tribute to Angel Perralta and the French Rejoneadors.
The Calèches du Delta go back on the road from Amposta to go to the Parc de Doñana. It will take a lot of time for this path to be suited for riders.

L'écuyère alchimiste Clémence Faivre

We remember the ovation she received from the audience in the Les Arènes de Méjanes when she presented her fabulous horse, Fuego. Clémence keeps a distinct and intense memory of her stay. She is one of our most fervent ambassadresses during her tours around the world.

Tribute to a great man dedicated to horses

Lucien Gruss is the guest of honor of the Méjanes Horse Feria. He does an excellent show when his book "Pour la beauté du cheval" comes out with the Diable Vauvert publishing company.

"The Flying man" celebrates Méjanes

Lorenzo, "the child of the country," put a spell on us with his show performed in front of the Vaccarès pond. The show celebrated the 80 years of the domain belonging to the Ricard family. The incredible movielike scenery of Méjanes coupled with the huge talent of this genius, the "mares whisperer", leave pictures forever anchored in our minds.

The first step of the renewal of the Domaine de Méjanes

Creation of the Paul Ricard Esplanade
Refurbishment of the Méjanes's buildings
Opening of the Vieille École for seasonal rentals

Musée Paul Ricard and accommodations

Opening of the Musée Paul Ricard and accommodations on the domain.