EL CABALLO REY
Equestrian Art Academy
El Caballo REY - Equestrian Art Academy (ECR). “HORSE IS KING”. A center for equestrian learning in Cave Creek, founded by the Spanish ecuyer, Manuel Trigo, is a place dedicated to pursuing the lightness of the French classical tradition of horsemanship.
Focused horsemen and women with various breeds of horses gather at ECR to study timeless methods of training that benefit their horse’s ultimate lightness, strength, impulsion, and collection…building blocks for success no matter the discipline. There are riding lessons and an exciting array of activities, both classical and those reflecting Manuel’s Spanish heritage.
|Student learning Levade - Photo by Joy Weber|
LEVADE, CABRIOLE, TERRE-A-TERRE, high school movements that are rarely seen today except for places like the Spanish Riding School in Vienna are often discussed at ECR. Foundational work for these high school movements are the basis of Manuel’s training program. On any given day at the academy, one might observe the more experienced horses and riders striving to perform at that level. In addition, lessons and clinics for GARROCHA, REJONEO, WORKING EQUITATION are offered for the serious, but fun-loving horse and rider.
Supplementing the training and teaching by Manuel, adjunct instruction in Pilates, Fencing, and Drumming is offered to support the riders at ECR in developing their personal riding skills. Pilates for core strength and rider balance. Fencing for centering and balance. Drumming develops rhythm while unmounted to assist riders in coordinating the movements and timing of their hands and feet to help create the separation of aids that riding in lightness requires.
ECR is a truly unique and special place where, striving at the highest level of endeavor, nobility and majesty of the horse is nurtured and encouraged to emerge though harmonious partnership with man.
For more information, check out www.elcaballorey.com and www.trigomanuel.com for more information. To arrange a tour of the academy, call Wendy Dinnerstein (?) at 480/290-2110.
JANUARY included a Canter Development and Flying Change Clinic. Also, an Intensive Training Week brought riders nationwide.
FEBRUARY highlights the Lightness Clinic on 2/18-19/17. This clinic is to prepare riders for the Lightness Tournament open to all riders of any discipline. (See www.lightnessfoundation.com for rules and entry forms.)
MARCH 3/4-5/17 The Lightness Tournament is our non-competitive version of a horse show.
Day 1 provides riders a format for graduating, step by step, through challenging levels of training accomplishment in tests similar to dressage tests.
Day 2, Games Day, showcases horses and riders performing, mounted and/or with long reins, DOMA VAQUERA, GARROCHA, SPANISH WALK, PIAFFE AND PASSAGE, ALTA ESQUELA. We are hoping to incorporate other festivities such as music, art, and other performers to enjoy along with the beautiful horses. Both days are open to the public and will be fun for all.
4/1-2/17 Garrocha, Rejoneo and Doma Vaquera Play Days Clinic
4/29-30/17 Year-End Party and Exhibition Showmanship Clinic
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