Spanish Riding School 2005 American Tour

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Friday, October 21, 2005

THE TOUR: Dates and Places


The Spanish Riding School stallions, riders, and entourage will arrive in New York City on October 29th and 30th. Once they have successfully completed quarantine in New York, they will head to Columbus, Ohio to begin the tour.

Here are the official tour cities, performance sites, dates, and information numbers:

COLUMBUS, OH at THE NATIONWIDE ARENA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 at 7:30pm and SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at 2:30pm
Info: 614-431-3600

ST LOUIS, MO at THE SAVVIS CENTER
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12 at 7:30pm and SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 at 2:30pm
Info: 314-241-1888

WASHINGTON, DC at THE MCI CENTER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 at 7:30pm and SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 at 2:30pm
Info: 202-397-7328

PHILADELPHIA, PA at THE WACHOVIA SPECTRUM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 at 7:30pm and SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 at 2:30pm
Info: 215-336-2000

ATLANTA, GA at THE ARENA AT GWINNETT CENTER
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 at 7:30pm and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 at 2:30pm
Info: 404-249-6400

HOUSTON, TX at TOYOTA CENTER
1510 Polk St. Houston, TX 77002, (713) 758 7200
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 at 7:30pm and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 at 2:30pm

You can learn more about how to purchase tickets by visiting www.spanishridingschool.com.

There is also a fantastic video clip at that site for you to watch!

13 Comments:

Anonymous Robinmarie Rowen said...

Why isn't the Spanish Riding School Tour coming to Northern & Southern California?? We are the most populous state in the country with the largest horse population. Why aren't they coming here??
Robinmarie Rowen
San Francisco Bay Area

8:28 PM, October 25, 2005  
Blogger Debbie said...

I agree, I think they should come to Northern and Southern California. What a show that would be.

10:11 PM, October 25, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably because California stables and riding academies seem to mostly specialize in Western riding. Dressage isn't even available as an option at most places. Many places I've ridden in Northern California do not even have an English saddle on the premises. It's always Western with some Hunter/Jumping occasionally.

8:34 AM, October 26, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"anonymous" obviously hasn't visited the Los Angeles Eq. Center and the surrounding barns in Burbank, CA. I'd say more than half the riders on the trail ride english. I ride western but I can appreciate other disciplines and would love to see this show. Beth

12:23 AM, October 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have visited the Equestrian Center in LA - it was used for Olympic competition and the center is probably the best in the country. But that is only one facility. (Go to Wellington, FL if you want to see a proliferation of dressage centers.) My point is that with the exception of that center, there are few training facilities that specialize in dressage and practically no one who is teaching the "Classical Seat" used with the Spanish Riding School. I visit CA regularly (North and South) and in the state which has one of the largest populations in the country, there are few stables even offering dressage training facilities. I try to ride everytime I visit, but usually the only riding available is Western trail rides. It's just a fact that statistically there are fewer dressage trainers/facilities in the western part of the U.S. porportionately than there are in the east. Sorry you're so sensitive about it.

10:44 AM, October 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that they aren't performing in NYC, afterall that is where they are entering the US and I assume leaving. I live in the Northeast and Philly is at least 5 hours away.

11:04 AM, October 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I GOT TICKETS ! ! ! ! ! I am going to the Philly show ! ! !

6:44 PM, October 30, 2005  
Blogger Fran Jurga said...

ABOUT THE TOUR CITIES:

I am sorry that I can't answer your questions about why the SRS is only performing in the Midwest and East. I think it probably has to do with ease of transport between cities and the availability of facilities.

I agree that California--the state with the most horses, by far--would have welcomed the School. Even with California's strong western riding tradition, the horsemanship displayed by the Spanish Riding School is universal.

Let's hope they come back again soon--and make their way further west!

Fran Jurga

7:18 PM, November 01, 2005  
Blogger aceequestrienne said...

I am not willing to wait until the Spanish Riding School Tour comes to California. My 13 year old son and I will spend a week in D.C. We have great tickets for the show on Saturday the 19th. We will get much more out of our trip though. U.S. history is 8th grade curriculum. My dad (son's grandfather) is buried at Arlington National Cemetary. We will stay with my niece who is a news anchor/reporter for ABC in Washington (Her husband is a political law attorney). My advice to anyone who whould like to go: JUST DO IT! I got cheap tickets from Priceline.com ($222 roundtrip each). Save money by flying into Baltimore instead of D.C (only about 30 miles away). I hope to see fellow equestrians from the West Coast at the show. Good luck!!! - High Desert, California

7:38 PM, November 02, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traditionally, when the SRS scheduled tours through the US, they would break up the country into separate tours. So, they did not tour the West Coast at the same time as the East Coast.

If you look at their schedule, it is pretty rigourous as it is. They land in NY, go through quarantine,and then have to be performing in Columbus less than a week later. It is about 12 hours by car to Columbus from NY/NJ. Then they go to St. Louis and back again to the East Coast, and then back again towards the Midwest...

That is a lot of miles on those horses.

In addition, I am not certain how many days they are allowed to be in the US without going through lengthy and expensive quarantine when they return to Austria.

While I do not live in California, some of the best dressage riders are located there. Guenter Seidel, Stefan Peters, Leslie Morse, Sue Blinks and Debbie McDonald travels from Idaho to compete in California. All of these riders have competed for the US on Teams. The choice to not go to California is not because there is little interest in Dressage.

Often, there are many factors which are responsible for the decisions that the SRS makes that we outsiders don't have a clue about.

8:24 PM, November 04, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were at the show last night in Columbus. We had cheap high seats and we could see everything. I am so elated that my eight year old son has already witnissed what I have waited my whole life to see! He "got it" even tho he had no idea what he was seeing. Let' go home and ride!!!

11:54 AM, November 07, 2005  
Anonymous Wendy Costello said...

Whew! I almost missed the chance tosee the great horses. But we are flying from Wisconsin to Houston to meet with my daughter and son-inlaw to see the perfomrance..almost the last one. We have also heard of the pre-performance clinic, and wonder how long it is , when does it start and how long is the actual performance?
Also, has anyone seen the fine art tour of portraits of the stallions by Anne Thomsen of the US that was so wonderful it was requested by Lipica and other European locations?
I can direct you to her website if interested.
Also, I own a Grand Prix Hanoverian stallion and communicate with Californians very much involved with Dressage and classical training!! Tempel Farms who own and train many Lipizzan stallions also did not get the tour nearby , ie Chicago area.

12:38 PM, December 07, 2005  
Anonymous Wendy Costello said...

Whew! I almost missed the chance tosee the great horses. But we are flying from Wisconsin to Houston to meet with my daughter and son-inlaw to see the perfomrance..almost the last one. We have also heard of the pre-performance clinic, and wonder how long it is , when does it start and how long is the actual performance?
Also, has anyone seen the fine art tour of portraits of the stallions by Anne Thomsen of the US that was so wonderful it was requested by Lipica and other European locations?
I can direct you to her website if interested.
Also, I own a Grand Prix Hanoverian stallion and communicate with Californians very much involved with Dressage and classical training!! Tempel Farms who own and train many Lipizzan stallions also did not get the tour nearby , ie Chicago area.

12:40 PM, December 07, 2005  

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