French celebrity horse trainer and performer Bartabas, his troupe, and a wide array of equestrian figures will perform here for the first time at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club from March 21 to 23.
The equestrian show “La Voie de L’Écuyer Opus 2010,” which was conceived by Bartabas for the riding masters of the Académie du Spectacle Équestre (Academy of Equestrian Arts) in the Grand Ecurie of the Palace of Versailles, which he founded, will be showcased here for the first time accompanied by baroque music selected by Bartabas himself.
“La Voie de L’Écuyer Opus 2010” reflects the experience and progress of both the riders and their horses year after year, stated Bartabas.
“Horses played a big role in the history of Qatar and the rest of the Arab world, and it still plays a big role to most people here. This year is the year where Doha is chosen as the Capital of Arab Culture, where it will hold cultural events which not only showcase the culture of the country, but also the culture of other nations,” a spokesperson from the French Embassy said.
“Inviting Bartabas here, a famous French horse trainer and performer, will be like an exchange of culture that centers on horses… and horses played major roles on both countries’ cultures,” the spokesperson said.
Bartabas, who is also a film producer and impresario, will be bringing around 30 horses for the show. “La Voie de L’Écuyer Opus 2010” reflects the experience and progress of both the rides and their horses year after year. “It is a true mirror of the Academy’s work: the learning process and the passing on of tradition.”
Guests of the show will witness carousels, Lusitanian jumps, Sorraya horses directed with lengthy reins, mounted fencing on Argentine Criollo horses, black Arab thoroughbreds, a Shire, an Andalusian, a Quarter Horse, and a wide array of other equestrian figures. All will be displayed at the sound of baroque music selected by Bartabas, who always builds a strong relationship between music and equestrian arts.
Bartabas is the founder of the Zingaro equestrian theatre (now housed at Aubervilliers, near Paris).
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