Come on out and join The Vegas Tourist as we attend attend the 2011 P.R.E. National Celebration of the Pure Spanish Horse Championship Horse Show at the South Point Hotel and Equestrian Center. (event is sponsored by Yeguada Centurión of Segovia, Spain)
The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and rescue of the Pure Spanish Horse (P.R.E.) and this is the third year this amazing event has been held in Las Vegas. Best of all is that the daily horse shows are Free to the public!
All this happens Tuesday, Aug. 30th through Saturday, Sept. 3 at the South Point Hotel & Casino Equestrian Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featured in the films “Lord of the Rings” and “the Kingdom of Heaven” these glorious horses known as P.R.E.’s (Pura Raza Espanola’s) or Andalusians, with their flowing manes and tails, are one of the rarest breeds in the United States. They have long been known and admired by royalty as the “horse of kings.”
Their incredible beauty, kind nature, and amazing athletic ability captivate anyone who has the good fortune to “meet” one of these fantasy creatures. They will be a feast for the eyes as they compete in dressage, halter, performance and specialty classes. The show starts at 8:00 a.m. all days and the daily horse show is free to the public. If you’ve ever wanted to meet “Pegasus” in person, now’s your chance!
Included in the show will be exhibitions throughout each day, an Art Expo, silent auction, a live auction of a Pure Spanish filly, vendors and a variety of educational clinics, including two seminars sponsored by Yeguada Centurión featuring the Top Horse Presenter in Spain, Daniel Isidoro Muñoz and Breeding Farm Technical Director, Alberto Abajo.
Beginning on Tuesday August 30th, see talented horses of all breeds compete in Dressage at Celebration and the Sport Horse in Hand Show, a triple rated dressage show. Dressage continues on Saturday with the $5000 Musical Freestyle Challenge. Liselotte Fore, FEI (I) (International) Judge, will judge the Dressage show and Sport Horse In Hand show.
On Saturday, Sept. 3rd, Jan Curtis, “S” will be our judge in the Musical Freestyle Challenge where P.R.E.’s will vie for a $5000 cash prize. Thursday through Saturday horses will be competing in halter, specialty and performance classes including an American P.R.E. Idol Class the National Champion Spanish Walk, Piaffe and Passage classes, rail classes, Prix Caprilli, carriage/driving Working Equitation and many more. Come early and plan on staying all day!
Highlighting the show will be two ticketed events: on Thursday Sept. 1st beginning at 7 p.m., Mexican Heritage Night will feature the Mexican Heritage Freestyle Event followed by the El Puma de Sinaloa Concierto y Baile with special guest La Sonora de Colombia. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3rd enjoy an all new production of The Horse of the Kings Theater which tells the story of the P.R.E. through a new and spectacular must-see theatrical event. This delightful play brings beautiful horses into the spotlight as they perform and dramatically show the history of the Spanish Horse as the audience enjoys the art of Classical Dressage (horse dancing), Liberty, Doma Vaquera, Spanish Garrocha, and more in a colorful performance with music, lights and dancers.
Special Event and Auction
There will be a special appearance by the incredible stallions and trainers of the renowned Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Come early because just prior to the Theater will be a live auction of a beautiful P.R.E. filly take a real live Pegasus home with you! Both special events are fundraisers for the Foundation and tickets (VIP packages available) can be purchased through the South Point Box Office (702-797-8055.) For a complete listing of events, to sign up for clinics or see the show schedule visit www.prehorsecelebration.com or www.prehorse.org or contact the Foundation at 505-294-0800.