Back to Brisbane I Go..........................
22.03.2013 - 23.03.2013
22nd MARCH 2013
Not long after arriving and whilst working with one of my girls in the round-yard, Rebecca mentioned that she and Darren would be going to Brisbane to see ‘Cavalia’, a horse show unlike any other. I had seen all the signs for it when I was there in February and I remember thinking, ‘I’d love to go and see that, it’s a shame I’ll not be here when it’s on.’ She mentioned that I’d be welcome to come along too if I paid for my tickets and flight. At Cavalia, the horses would be working at liberty, with no bridles or saddles in most cases. There would also be some Cossack riders performing, acrobats and horses running free around the stage! It would be good to see how they worked and also to maybe get some inspiration for things to try with the horses back on the Ranch, although I’m sure anything I tried to do would not work out and the horses would end up being all confused. A bit like me really.
Rebecca researched the dates and flight times as well as organising us some accommodation with her aunt and uncle (Joy and Warren) in Brisbane. It would be nice not to have to pay for any type of accommodation in top of everything else plus it would be nice to meet some of Rebecca’s family.
The show would be taking place under a big white tent at Brisbane Airport which would make it easy ish to get to and be picked up from – we hoped anyway. It would be all throughout March and so we decided to fly up on Friday 22nd, see that evening’s show and then leave on Saturday afternoon.
It was one of the most amazing nights of my life. The horses seemed to have such an amazing rapport with the people they were performing with, there didn’t seem to be any sign of coercion on the side of the horse and the performers never had to use whips to get them to perform. My favourite part was when the horses were galloping round the arena at full speed. It had been specially designed so that this would be possible and it sure was an amazing sight. How they managed to control them when they were in a mob like that is beyond me and something that will stay with me for a very long time to come.
In the interval I went to the gift shop and bought a book about the performers, the horses and how they’re trained, plus the history of Cavalia. I also bought a baseball cap and a vest top and got a calendar for free! I would use/wear the cap and the vest top straight away and for the rest of my time here in Australia, but the book and the calendar will be going home with my parents when they come to visit in April. Best to be safe than sorry and I know I can’t carry them around with me forever!
On the Saturday before we had to leave to catch our flight, Joy and Warren showed us around Brisbane, a nice sightseeing tour if you will! We went up to Mount Cootha, a lookout where you can see the whole of Brisbane. It’s a very popular tourist spot and it was certainly busy when we arrived! We had a nice walk around, stopped a while to enjoy the view, take a few pictures and enjoy an ice cream!
I am (still!) so happy that I got to see this show. The horses, the acrobats, the trainers, everyone and everything was amazing. The crowd certainly enjoyed it and it looked like the horses did too. A fantastic show and a treasured memory of Australia.