Once one of the most prestigious stud farms in the world belonging to the textile magnet Marcel Boussac, le Haras de Jardy attracted dignitaries like Queen Elisabeth II in 1957 and Nikita Krushchev in 1961. Since 1980 it belongs to the Conseil Général des Hauts-de-Seine which has turned it into France's largest public equestrian center.
un concours: a competition
un haras: a stud farm
entrée gratuite: free admission
un conseil général: a deliberating assembly of a department
un département: an administrative and decentralized local collective as well as electoral division; France has 101 departments grouped into regional administrative units directed by préfets
un préfet: a prefect, i.e., a civil servant responsible for administering a prefecture
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