Château d'Hardelot, (Hardelot Castle), Condette, south of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France.
The first castle on this site was built in the 12th century by the Counts of Boulogne, and the curtain walls date back to that time. The castle itself was built by Count Philippe Hurepel of Clermont in 1222. It was taken and retaken several times by the French, the English and the Burgundians. In the 17th century Cardinal Richelieu had Hardelot Castle slighted and the castle became a farm. In 1848 Hardelot Castle was bought by the Englishman Sir John Hare. He remodelled one of the best remaining towers into a Tudor-style mansion. Charles Dickens, a friend of Hare, often visited the castle.

International high lights from the weekend


Manuel Eugster (SUI) won the 1,55m Grand Prix in Arezzo with the horse 9-year old gelding Coolboy. The victory came with a price of 12,000 EUR and serves as a qualifier for the European Championships 2011. Runner up on second place was William Whitaker (GBR) with Mr. I Whitaker and third place to Gisler Claudia (SUI) with the horse Touchable.


In Lummen, Belgium, the 1,50m Grand Prix giving points to the FEI Rolex world ranking. The winner was Thiago Ribas da Costa (BRA) with Dy Day followed by Alexandra Rantet (FRA) with Nangaya de Kergane and third place to Lander de Bruyn (BEL) riding Dacaletto Dhoetsel.


Wout Jan van der Schans (NED) won the 1,50m Grand Prix at the french CSI*** in Hardelot. He rode the horse Eurocomerce Seoul and beat the local stars Kevin Staut, Penelope Leprevost, etc. from the throne. Second place went to Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) riding Luccianno and in third place Patrice Delaveua (FRA) riding Nayana.