Cobsession

“At Harolds Park Farm, Essex (31 July), Vicky Westcott and her ‘hairy pony’ Ad Lib III won both elementaries on over 65% – their personal best scores to date. Vicky said: ‘He’s a 15hh piebald Romany cob with full feathers and a full mane. He thinks he’s very handsome. When we go around the arena …

Bartabas

More anon on Bartabas – several years anon, I hope (just to be cryptic). I’m going to Sadler’s Wells to see The Centaur and the Animal in a couple of weeks. Horses first danced minuets at the theatre in the eighteenth century, and I saw an Andalusian perform there the last time I visited. This …

A Little Light Horse Opera

“It takes a real horseman to understand the importance of the back. … Considering [Nuno] Oliveira’s repertoire of up to fifteen horses to school a day, it was scarcely surprising that he developed enormous strength and suppleness in the lower back or loins. Without the slightest appearance of movement in his proud shoulders and upraised …

Bring on the Dancing Horses

News from the Telegraph on Sadler’s Wells’ new season: The show is among the highlights of the London theatre’s spring 2011 season. Most spectacular of all is a production featuring four live horses. The Centaur and the Animal will be choreographed by the Zingaro Equestrian Theatre, also making their British debut. The horses will perform …

Dressage vs. Stressage?

Dr Reiner Klimke on Ahlerich at the 1984 Olympics (victory lap here): Edward Gal on Moorlands Totilas at the 2010 World Equestrian Games: And, for the hell of it, the Andalusian who stole the crowd’s heart in Kentucky: