EL CABALLO REY Equestrian Art Academy
By Cynthia Lippon
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.
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 is 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.
In addition to the training and teaching by Manuel, adjunct instruction in Pilates, Fencing, and Drumming is offered to support the riders at ECR to develop their personal riding skills. Pilates for core strength and rider balance. Fencing for rider centering and balance. Drumming for developing rhythm while unmounted helps riders to coordinate the movements of their hands and feet to 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.
APRIL 1-2 – GARROCHA, REJONEO, DOMA VAQUERA CLINIC
WHAT IS GARROCHA, REJONEO, DOMA VAQUERO?
A Garrocha is the traditional Spanish horseman’s long pole used to control cattle. Historically, it was a lance used in battle. Artistic exhibitions are performed to music as an equestrian “pole” dance.
Rejoneo is the training of the horse for bullfighting. It involves “playing” with a plastic bull’s head that can be wheeled around in the arena to mimic a bull’s movements while allowing the rider to train his horse the movements required to stay safe when engaged with a fighting bull. In the real world, it is just fun and encourages collection and partnership with any horse and rider.
Doma Vaquera is the horsemanship of the Spanish cowboy. It is characterized by the collection and finesse of the highly trained horses as they execute, both slowly and at speed, precise maneuvers designed to manage the ill-tempered cattle and fighting bulls of Spain. Doma translates as “dressage”.
APRIL 28 – YEAR END PARTY AND EXHIBITION
Plans for the yearend party are in the making. Open to the public, it will include entertainment provided by some of the horses and students of ECR along with libations. Please refer to Facebook.com/manuel trigo usa for upcoming detailed information on location and content.
APRIL 29-30 - SHOWMANSHIP CLINIC
Learn the skills and preparation needed to be a good showman. Learn how to prepare for your next competition….how to work with music, to prepare a freestyle or how to show horses in-hand in the most advanced exercises of classical dressage. Learn how to handle stress and how to keep your horse relaxed and “ready”.
Check out www.elcaballorey.com, www.thelightnessfoundation.com and www.trigomanuel.com for more information.
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