Monday, January 3, 2011

Cavalia

Cavalia was extraordinary. If you can envision a blend of Cirque du Soleil performers (gymnists, acrobats) combined with trick riding, jumping, and dressage, that is the really the only way I can think of to describe it. There were 52 horses altogether: 12 stallions and the rest geldings (no mares for the obvious reason), and numerous breeds were represented. The backdrops were gorgeous and the performers did everything from Roman riding to trick riding to gymnastics on the backs of horses. For me, the most remarkable segment was the young lady who trained a group of about eight young geldings. They were so well-trained that it was almost as if she could psychically communicate with them. With the flick of one of her hands or a gesture, the horses would run in a circle and suddenly change direction, or a horse would bow, or lie down and roll, or they would split off in fours and circle each other in alternating directions.

If you love the beauty and majesty of the horse, this is the show for you.

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