Good news arrived in my Inbox recently with firstly a note of thanks from Bear Valley Rescue’s Kathy Bartley and then confirmation from Cavalia’s PR firm, Bottom Line Productions (both below). The Horse’s Mouth will be filming with Cavalia on May 19th at their new venue, Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. That’s one show you won’t want to miss folks! Stay tuned! Can you tell we are excited?!
Cavalia’s media release indicated that they had adopted not one but TWO (see, I told you they’re addictive!) yearling colts from the Alberta horse rescue located north of Sundre.
First, a note from Kathy at Bear Valley Rescue that I had to share with you all as it touched my heart:
“I thought the show was great! It was so well put together and well edited…we had a lady from France come out a couple of days ago and she said she saw the show right after arranging to come out to see us, so she figured that was karma. And we had someone out from Belgium yesterday (visiting relatives in Calgary) and they saw the show as well and called right away to come see us before they head back to Europe.
“…we got a call this week from Cavalia, they want to come out and look at some of our youngsters to maybe adopt one or two for their show. Very exciting! I think it was really, really, well done!”
Nice to hear that the Horse’s Mouth show about Bear Valley helped an organization like Cavalia, who relies on horses as their equal partners in entertainment, see that rescued horses can be as valuable equine partners as horses purchased from a breeder. Gives me hope that this summer my 5 year old Canadian Horse, Secret (from Chris Irwin show fame) and I will become the cohesive riding team I know we’re capable of being.
Cavalia’s news release read:
“CAVALIA’S 49 HORSES ARRIVE IN CALGARY
Two Alberta Rescue Colts will Join the Equine Cast
The 49 four-legged athletes of Cavalia, the world-renowned multi-media and multi-disciplinary production, will take their first steps in Calgary at the White Big Top located at Canada Olympic Park (88 Canada Olympic Road SW). The trailers transporting the horses to their new stables are the last of the 90 semi-trailers necessary to transport the show. As the horses arrive at the world’s largest touring Big Top, final preparations are being made for Cavalia’s Premiere on May 25. Cavalia will also welcome two Alberta rescue colts, from Bear Valley Rescue, to the show.
Within Cavalia, the horses are the stars. They range in age from 9-month-old rescue colts from Alberta to a Lusitano stallion named Edros, who is the eldest at 19 years old. There are no mares in the Cavalia stables. In fact, half of Cavalia’s stables are stallions; no other show features as many stallions, which are more difficult to train than geldings or mares, but are far more spirited performers. The stage is the full width of a regulation football field, allowing these exquisite chargers and trotters enough space to gallop and play with the artists, while creating a fascinating connection between human and horse—one filled with trust and a genuine sense of partnership.
Seen by close to 3 million people worldwide, Cavalia is a poetic tribute to horses. This multimedia extravaganza features 86 two and four-legged artists, including the beautiful horses, riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and live musicians. Cavalia is the brainchild of Normand Latourelle, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil. Visit Cavalia on the web at www.cavalia.net and follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia.”
Every fairy tale has a happy ending and this one is no exception. Stay tuned for more “amazing stories of horses and their people” straight from the Horse’s Mouth. Share! Like! Comment!
The Horse’s Mouth TV episode #4 introduces Kathy Bartley of Bear Valley Rescue. Kathy and her husband Mike run a horse rescue near Sundre, Alberta and have rescued over 350 horses in the course of 7 years. We feature 5 great horses for adoption from the rescue and break down the costs associated with horse ownership. Horses can be a 30 year partnership and a big responsibility. We recommend taking riding lessons first with a qualified coach to ensure you understand the challenges (and joys) of responsible horse ownership.