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Style

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Sara Hoenes, APASSIONATA dancer, performs a beautiful Flamenco dance as part of a traditional Spanish garrocha number that later includes Team Valenca’s prized Lusitanos.

Ballet

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Lea Forge (Team Valenca) and her beautiful white Lusitano present a levade, a classical dressage movement.

Mystical

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Gudmar Petursson (second from left) and his show team The Knights of Iceland perform a flawlessly smooth sparklers routine with their Icelandic Horses.

Speed

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – APASSIONATA Daredevil Julie Guene of France spends more time out of her saddle than in it when performing her spectacular trickriding stunts. The Daredevils are an all-star team of voltigeurs made up of four French and three Ukranian riders.

Fearless

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – APASSIONATA trickrider Thomas Peris of France puts the “dare” in his team name The Daredevils as he lays atop his horse as he races at top speed around the arena. APASSIONATA’s an all-star team of voltigeurs include four French and three Ukranian riders.

Mid Air

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Caught in the middle of a perfect capriole, a classical dressage movement, draft horse “Naer” and rider Laurent Jahan appear to be suspended in mid air.

Piano Dance

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – A stunning tap dance on the piano – Rider Luis Raposo (Team Luis Valenca) and Stephanie Brooks (APASSIONATA Dancers) perform to a classic American Ragtime.

Special Moment

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – French actor/equestrian Laurent Jahan gets more than he bargained for from Basile his donkey friend.

Garrocha

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” –Tradition and beauty in perfection. A Spanish Garrocha presented by Tiago Ribeiro (Team Luis Valenca) and Sara Hoenes (APASSIONATA Dancers).

Having a ball

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – There is a little bit of everything in APASSIONATA. Our ponies love to entertain the whole family.

Sylvie Willms

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – No one portrays the bond between human and horse better than Sylvie.

Friesian Quadrille

North American tour premiere of APASSIONATA “The Beginning” – Our horses perform in beautiful formation showcasing their incredible precision and skill during this Friesian Quadrille.

Rare Breeds

North American tour premiere of APASSIONATA “The Beginning” - features many breeds rarely seen in the US, including Lusitanos, Bretons, Icelandic horses, Welsh-Arab cross and Friesians.

Fun Fact

APASSIONATA has sold over FIVE MILLION tickets in Europe over the last decade.

Dressage

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Equipes performing dressage highlight the beauty and the bond between horse and rider.

Luis Valenca

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – The team headed by Portuguese Grand Master Luis Valenca’s quadrille formations are perfection.

Laurent Jahan

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Laurent Jahan of France high above his massive, beautiful Breton draft horse Naer.

Sleepy head

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – A donkey that likes to cuddle in bed? It could only be Basile the Donkey with APASSIONATA Equipe Laurent Jahan.

Stunt Riding

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Trick riders in APASSIONATA wow audiences with their daring stunts and pyramids.

Sylvie Willms

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – France’s Sylvie Willms, originally from Belgium, is known as the “horse whisperer.” Audiences will be transfixed as her horses perform a liberty dressage.

It takes all sizes

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – Equipe Laurent Jahan and his adorable Shetland pony Maurice are always a crowd favorite.

Fun Fact

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – In APASSIONATA our riding teams are called “equipes,” the French word for “team.” We are thrilled to have FIVE different equipes in the North American tour.

Equine Athletes

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – highly trained APASSIONATA riders and horses have amazing athletic abilities.

Making the impossible possible

North American tour premiere “The Beginning” – APASSIONATA’s horses are not the only athletes. Our riders train with their horses for years to attain the highest level of skill!