Yesterday afternoon we had the pleasure to watch two of the beautiful horses from the troupe of royal horses perform right here on the lawn in our RV Park.
The Gala of the Royal Horses is an equestrian troupe that came originally from Australia. They have settled here in the Ocala area on a large farm where they give residents and visitors the opportunity to see the troupe in action with performances of the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds. Rene Gasser, the owner of the establishment, told us that the troupe travels extensively all over the country to entertain people with their specialized horse show. The horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty and the performance is about the tradition, athleticism and grace of these admired animals.
Rene Gasser performed movements on an 8-year-old Lipizzaner horse called Cubano that were very impressive to me. Meanwhile his daughter had the audience in awe with performances of her Arabian horse. It was interesting to learn that typically their horses start at the age of 3 with their training and continue with different levels until to the age of about 12 to 18 to be fully trained. So it takes 10 years for a horse to command all the movements and then they become teachers for the young riders.
To learn more and to view a video of the horses click this link The Gala of the Royal Horses of their official website.
We very much appreciated the performances and entertainment provided to us here at the Park. It was a beautiful event on a warm 82F/27C Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned for my blog post about our daytrip last week to the Navy's finest that took a 637km/400mile round trip with our truck.
( Linda and Ed's youtube video from the comments section: klick here )