British dressage superstar Carl Hester is opening the UK tour of the world-renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna, at Wembley Arena later this year.
Paralympian Natasha Baker will open the show with Hester, and he will be joined by Lee Pearson for the performances at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. TV presenter and British Dressage Ambassador Nicki Chapman will host the events in both cities.
Hester and Pearson have both entertained the crowds at previous Spanish Riding School UK tours, but this will be the first time that Paralympic double Gold medal winner Natasha Baker joins the show.
Great Britain’s emotional and history-making performance in dressage in the 2012 Olympics sparked phenomenal interest in the sport amongst the general public. This tour will provide a unique and exclusive opportunity to witness a dressage performance by three of the sports greatest riders.
Carl Hester OBE, kingpin of the British dressage team, is one of the UK’s all time equestrian greats. He’s won more than 50 national dressage titles and competed in four Olympics, two World Equestrian Games and five European Championships. At London 2012, he achieved his life ambition of winning an Olympic gold medal.
Lee Pearson CBE is Britain’s most successful Paralympian. Pearson won his 10th gold medal during the 2012 London Paralympics. He also has six world-championship and three European titles.
Natasha Baker MBE finished an astonishing Paralympic debut with two gold medals at London 2012.
All three riders will give an insight as to what makes their sport so captivating with some stunning dressage performances.
Talking about her performance on the Spanish Riding School tour, Natasha said: “I’m really excited to be joining the Spanish Riding School of Vienna on their 2014 UK tour. To be a part of the show is an honour and it will be fantastic to perform in front of a crowd at Wembley. The audience will not be left disappointed!”
Lee Pearson added: “To open for the Spanish Riding School is a real honour and it’s fabulous that the tour will be showcasing Britain’s top dressage riders including my awesome team mate Natasha Baker. London 2012 created a huge buzz around dressage and the opportunity to perform in front of 10,000 horse fans every night is completely
The mesmerising story behind the centuries old Spanish Riding School of Vienna will be narrated by Nicki Chapman and the beautiful white Lipizzaner stallions will display the classical moves such as Capriole, Levade and Courbette.
The show enables the public to see how today’s modern dressage has evolved from the art of classical equitation.
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna has launched a new website to coincide with the forthcoming European live shows. The site will offer a rare and exclusive behind the scenes insight into the world of the 430 year old “High School for Classical Horsemanship” including interviews, footage and imagery.
The UK tour starts in Sheffield on October 31. There are three shows on consecutive days. The Wembley performances start on November 14.