The Art of Dressage in a Spectacular Production

World class dressage is at the heart of the Festival of the Iberian Horse taking place at Westpoint Arena, Exeter Devon, 29th August - 1st September 2024.

You'll experience the finest international equestrians, and the majestic horses of Spain and Portugal, in a dazzling and spectacular lighting production for a magical experience to treasure forever. The addition of dozens of dancers, fire performances, mediterranean styling and more creates a mesmerising atmosphere.

Modern, traditional, classical, bridleless, liberty, long lining, side saddle and high school dressage will all feature. Set to beautiful music, in a dramatic but intimate setting it's an enchanting journey through the timeless history and art of dressage, the Iberian peninsula and beyond.

The 2024 Dressage Stars

CDI5* rider Alizée Froment had a very successful international career but now focuses on performance and teaching, her bridleless and liberty work is both technically correct, and sublimely beautiful. Alizée favours the Lusitano, the horse of Portugal. The work is founded on heart, body and soul of horse and human communicating as one. Alizées skill, storytelling and finesse is exceptional. Alizée will also run a masterclass on the Thursday afternoon in the beautiful mediterranean styled indoor arena.

Horses from the Royal Stables of Córdoba are beautifully and classically trained at the birthplace of the purebred Spanish horse, founded in 1570. In heavenly costumes they will show epic performance pieces in a range of styles - Alta Escuela (high school), Doma Vaquera (traditional field work style), as well as incredible work on the ground long lining and the airs above the ground. Young Spanish rider Julia Tocino Rodriguez will mesmerise in her Amazona (sidesaddle) performance - the movements of a Grand Prix test but in a huge baroque outfit - absolutely outstanding! With incredible skill, finesses and technique, the polished performances of Córdoba Ecuestre are something so rare to see.

Silke Vallentin is wheelchair bound, but this has not stopped her from achieving amazing results with horses. The extraordinary bond with Spanish horse Viento is deeply profound, with a message of hope, beleif and resilience. Silke teaches "Horsemanship to Haute Ecole" around the World, a specialist in the art of dressage from the ground to the very highest levels, including piaffe, passage, levade, Spanish walk and trot and terre a terre. Silke will demonstrate during the daytimes and we also hope to run a clinic before the Festival starts.

In the daytimes we have non stop masterclasses and demonstrations with Iberian specialists in dressage, groundwork, natural horsemanship and more. See the masterclass line up here, buy both a day and night ticket and you save £5 per person and can soak up the full Festival experience. The Friday daytime is dressage day with competitions in including Working Equitation dressage, plus BD and Iberian classes to enjoy and a demonstration before the evening show.

Buy your tickets now because all shows are selling fast for this exceptional equestrian experience.

A special for our dressage fans, enter the code DRESSAGE during checkout to be in the monthly draw to receive a copy of Silke Vallentin's book "From Horsemanship to Haute Ecole" launching exclusively soon in our shop. This incredible, and extremely in depth book is for anyone interested in working their horses from the ground with healthy biomechanics. 256 pages in large format, more than 600 photos and graphics and over 450 exercises. 

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