The Spanish Riding School of Vienna announce special guests for 2014 UK Tour

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The Spanish Riding School of Vienna are delighted to announce that Carl Hester MBE and Lee Pearson CBE will be performing in Sheffield as part of the 2014 UK tour.

For the first time ever the UK tour will come to Yorkshire kicking off with three performances at the Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on October 31st, November 1st and 2nd 2014. This is the first time the majestic, highly trained horses and riders of the 430 year old “High School for Classical Horsemanship” will have performed in the North of England.

Fresh from their success at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, World class dressage sensation Carl Hester and 10-times Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson will be opening the show with a masterclass to showcase some of the dressage moves that the modern day sport includes.

Great Britain’s emotional and history-making performance in dressage in the 2012 Olympics sparked phenomenal interest in the sport amongst the general public. This tour will provide a unique and exclusive opportunity to witness a dressage performance by two of the sports greatest riders.

TV presenter and British Dressage Ambassador Nicki Chapman will host the performances. Nicki will guide the audience through the wonderful display of horsemanship.

Talking about his involvement in the tour Lee Pearson commented;
“ It’s a true honour and a privilege to be performing alongside the Spanish Riding School once again. I was lucky enough to be part of the tour in 2013. The unparalleled harmony that I witnessed between horse and rider was absolutely memorising. It was a real inspiration for me as a rider! It will also be amazing to perform in front of an arena audience once again. London 2012 created a huge buzz around dressage and the opportunity to perform in front of 10,000 horse fans every night is completely thrilling!”

The Spanish Riding School show is an impressive display of classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école. The audience will be mesmerised by the absolute balance and harmony achieved by these beautiful White Lipizzaner stallions and their regal riders. All of their famous in-hand work and movements above the ground such as the Capriole, Levade and Courbette will be performed.

Nicki Chapman added;
“It’s brilliant to have Carl and Lee on the tour! Both are true dressage legends and their success has ignited a strong passion for the sport across the country! To have such inspirational and charismatic riders performing alongside the celebrated and world-renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna is a dream come true and ‘must-see’ for any horse enthusiast.”

Sure to be a sell-out, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see the world’s most famous school of equitation and to see Carl Hester and Lee Pearson. Visit .

The 2014 Spanish Riding School of Vienna Tour promised to be one of the most unique, exciting and captivating events of the coming year book now to avoid disappointment – The tickets are perfect Christmas present!

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena
Friday 31st October 2014 – 7.30pm
Saturday 1st November 2014 – 7.30pm
Sunday 2nd November 2014 – 3.00pm
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna at London’s Wembley Arena
Friday 14th November 2014 – 7.30pm
Saturday 15th November 2014 – 7.30pm
Sunday 15th November 2014 – 3pm.
Tickets on sale now, prices from £22.75 – £71.50 available from

Notes to Editors
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna was founded in 1572 and is the oldest riding academy in the world.

It has been based at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna in the specially built Winter Riding School since 1735.

The classical equitation taught and performed by the Spanish Riding School has remained unchanged for over 440 years.

The School holds 72 stallions and 19 members of the equestrian team.

New cadets at the school are called ‘Eleves’. Only after 8-12 years of training are they given the title of Rider and allowed to perform to the public.

Lipizzaner stallions were chosen by the Spanish Riding School to perform classical equitation because of their good nature and intelligence, as well as physical grace and beauty.

The School’s signature moves are known as ‘airs above the ground’ and include the Capriole, the Courbette and the Levade.

28 horses, nine riders and nine grooms are touring the world.

The riders fly in two groups on separate flights to avoid the Schools heritage being lost completely in a disaster.

The horses also have to be transported in three groups in state of the art horse boxes to avoid their lineage, which can be traced back to the 18th century, being destroyed in an accident.

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