Horsin’ Around

St. Landry Parish boasts of a long history with its love affair with horses — dating back to the French colonial era. That’s why in 2022, the Louisiana Legislature designated the parish the “Equine Capital of Louisiana.”

1 | Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino


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In addition to its dining options, hotel, live concerts and slot machines, Evangeline Downs offers a one-mile oval racing track with thoroughbred racing April through August and quarter horse racing October to December (check website for exact dates).


2 | Coasting Z Stables


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Coasting Z Stables outside of Lawtell between Opelousas and Eunice offers horseback riding, team-building activities, birthday parties and more on its 40 acres of pastureland. They offer a monthly all-ages Boots & Hooves Day with horse-riding for both experienced and non-experienced riders, plus games, music and more.


3 | Knollwood Farm Equestrian Center


Learn to ride for fun or for competition at Knollwood Farm in Sunset. They train riders at all levels on their facility that include pens, arena, pond and trails in the nearby woods. Knollwood Farm, which has been hosting riders for 40 years, also hosts an annual horse show and other special events. Ici on parle français, which means French is spoken here.


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Evangeline Downs
2235 Creswell Lane Extension, Opelousas, LA
337-594-3000 // evangelinedowns.boydgaming.com

Coasting Z Stables
2755 Highway 752, Opelousas, LA
337-207-2823 // facebook.com/coastingzstables

Knollwood Farms
149 Knollwood Lane, Sunset, LA
337-658-6000 // facebook.com/knollwoodfarmsunset.la