A bit of history. New Caledonia’s very first horse racing event was on 16 August 1867, when meetings were held on Baie des Citrons beach. Since then, generations of breeders, owners and trainers have dedicated their lives to promoting local horse racing.
New Caledonia’s racing calendar features year-round events held in Bourail, La Foa, Boulouparis and Nouméa. Three types of races are held in NC: flat racing, harness racing (trotting) and stock horse events, a local tradition rooted in skills perfected at cattle and livestock stations: horses complete a complex course, performing a variety of set tasks and activities.
Currently boasting over fifteen racing stables, Bourail is unquestionably New Caledonia’s horse racing capital.