Horses the stars of theater-esque holiday show


spirit-show2The style of Broadway is coming to the horse world with a dazzling new holiday production in Kentucky.

“The Spirit of the Horse:  A Holiday Equine Extravaganza” features 18  high-level dressage/performance horses ridden by championship riders at the highest level in their sport.

The show is at the Kentucky Horse Park on November 29 and 30.

Among the riders is Illinois-based Yvonne Barteau, a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medalist and an FEI trainer and rider who has trained a dozen horses to the Grand Prix level.  Her mount is GP Raymeister, three-time United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year.

Yvonne’s husband and business partner, Kim Barteau, displays his talents as a “Liberty” trainer with his equine partner and huge crowd-pleaser, GP Boater.  They have shown across the country to rave reviews and appear in the production as the “master of the house” and his stallion.  Also appearing in the show is Dan James, the well-known Australian of Double Dan Horsemanship who plays the “villain” in the 55-minute production.

“What makes our show unique are the multitalented horses that give audiences a spectacular performance every time, be it in a show like ‘Spirit’ or in a dressage arena,” says Yvonne Barteau, the author of the script.

spirit-show“It’s rare that you find horses like the ones you will see in this production – horses that give their hearts in every step they take. These are the true stars of ‘The Spirit of the Horse.’ It is they who inspired me from the outset to write this story.”

As well as the two performances, barn tours are available to the public from 3.30 to 6pm and a post-production party follows the show each night.

Show tickets range from $25 for VIP seating to $15 general admission for adults, and $10 for children ages 3-12. Barn Tour tickets are $5 for adults and complimentary for one accompanying child when purchased with a show ticket. Tickets to the “Post Production Party” to meet and greet the cast are $25 per person, adult or child. 

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