Frédéric Pignon and his Dancing Horses
Get a chance to witness Frédéric Pignon’s inspiring equestrian show that combines flawless equine expertise and understanding, with elaborate showmanship and charisma. Frédéric, and his wife, Magali Delgado, who shares his equestrian passion and philosophy, together with their Dancing Horses will showcase their skills twice daily at this year’s Show, from the 8th to the 12th of August.
We have already had ‘Dancing with the Stars’, now it’s time for Dancing with Horses! Visitors to this year’s Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM of Ireland at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show will get a chance to witness Frédéric Pignon’s inspiring equestrian show that combines flawless equine expertise and understanding, with elaborate showmanship and charisma. Frédéric, and his wife, Magali Delgado, who shares his equestrian passion and philosophy, together with their Dancing Horses will showcase their skills twice daily at this year’s Show, from the 8th to the 12th of August.
Frédéric and Magali were the original stars of the hit traveling show Cavalia, a Cirque-du-Soleil-like performance with horses which took America by storm in 2003. Over the following six years Frédéric, Magali, and their cast of beautiful stallions performed for more than two million spectators across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
It was from his parents that Frédéric developed his love of, and respect for horses. Settling in the Camargue region of France, they encouraged their children’s equestrian pursuits and Frédéric’s passion for animals became apparent at a very early age. Later Frédéric took up dressage and then trained as a stunt rider in Paris.
Like Frédéric, Magali comes from a family of equestrian artists, at the age of five she was already riding her young filly side-saddle to the delight of spectators.
Both Frédéric and Magali are pioneers of an ethological method of working with horses, a philosophy that encourages natural behaviour, improvisation, enjoyment and playfulness.
We all have unique relationships with our animals, but Frédéric and Magali take this to another level and it shines through their many routines. Through this philosophy Frédéric and Magali tap into the intelligence, communication ability and the behaviour of the horse, leaning upon an ancient relationship between man and horse, that has evolved over the millennia. Working predominantly with stallions of the Lusitano, Arabian and Friesian breeds, and even though his horse are often halter-less and free to wander, the unique relationship that underpins Frédéric’s work means that the horses always come back to focus on him.
Now based on their horse farm in Provence, France, Frédéric and Magali have toured the world, inspiring tens of thousands of people with their natural horsemanship and training philosophy. Seeing Frédéric, Magali and their Dancing Horses perform is a must for anyone wishing to be inspired by the amazing possibilities that a happy, balanced and trusting relationship with their animal can bring about.
Online ticket bookings and a provisional Programme of Events for the 2018 Dublin Horse Show are now available at www.dublinhorseshow.com