The nice thing about living in Los Angeles is that even when I can’t be out exploring the world, LA always has something fun to do. I live in Burbank and found out that the Los Angeles Equestrian Center was holding their Fiesta of the Spanish Horse. It was right down the road, and I was looking for something to do, so I went.
Los Angeles Equestrian Center
The Equestrian Center is located near Griffith Park next to the Los Angeles River. It has a huge Equidome that hold 3,500 people and is used for equestrian shows, rodeos, and dressage competitions. The center also has facilities for boarding horses and there are outdoor corrals for practice and competitions. Horses are available to rent and take for a ride on the river trail. The property is used frequently for movie shoots and there are several banquet areas both inside and out that are used for weddings and other events.
The Fiesta of the Spanish Horse
The Fiesta of the Spanish Horse has been one of the center’s annual charity events since 1998 and raises money for the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sadly, because of declining sponsorships and increased costs, they have decided to discontinue it.
The day I attended was sunny and it was so pleasant walking around to watch all the gorgeous Spanish Andalusian horses prancing about and going through their paces. Their manes touch the ground and several even had braids.
Vendors had booths on the grounds selling purses, horse supplies, artwork, food, and cocktails.
Ballet Folklorico dancers from Mexico were practicing near the Equidome in full costume for the main event in the evening. They were so beautiful and included all ages from children to seniors.
I had to get back home to let my dogs out but came back later in the evening to watch the Fiesta performances.
Fiesta Main Event
After a shrieky Star Spangled Banner (it’s a tough song to sing) the corral gates opened and the American Cowgirls Drill Team raced in on horseback carrying American flags. The crowd cheered them on. They came through several times during the show and at one point carried flags from all over the world.
The Ballet Folklorico dancers took the stage and performed. The little kids were adorable and they all looked spectacular in their colorful outfits.
We saw dancing horses, trick riders, and a variety of horse breeds including Andalusian, Lusitano from Portugal, Peruvian, Friesian and plain old American. A comic moment was watching a competition in which riders on various breeds of horses had to hold a full glass of champagne and try not to spill it.
When I think of horses I think of magnificent and majestic. They are truly extraordinary creatures and I am always in awe of them.
Enjoy my video of the event:
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