March 22, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Festivals & Events
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We were so lucky to have our out-of-town company come to visit at the same time the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions were in town at the EnCana Events Center!
We were able to get seats on the floor in the first row. The stallions passed so close I could see the veins in their necks and hear them breathing. It was amazing! And when the National Anthem was played, one beautiful white stallion stood completely still while his rider held the flag. It was a powerful moment.
The horses performed their centuries old ballet to an enthralled audience. The highlight was the spectacular "Airs Above the Ground" maneuvers. I learned that these moves were born on the battlefields of old when the horses were used in combat. I remember my mom telling me how the Lipizzaners were almost lost during World War II and that General Patton helped save them.
It was an amazing and entertaining experience. We didn't have to know a lot about horses to know we were in the presence of greatness. I was interested to see that all but one rider were women and that many were quite young.
It was a wonderful event in a wonderful facility and of course, I bought a hoodie with a picture of a dancing stallion as a souvenir.
Make sure you check out the coming attractions at the EnCana Events Center when you come to visit. We get some big names!