The South Point Hotel, Casino, Spa Equestrian Event Center has been the site of many amazing equestrian shows and over the Labor Day weekend through Saturday, Sept. 3, the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse is inviting the public to attend the 2011 P.R.E. National Celebration of the Pure Spanish Horse Championship Horse Show sponsored by Yeguada Centurión of Segovia, Spain.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and rescue of the Pure Spanish Horse (P.R.E.), the event will showcase horses featured in the films “Lord of the Rings” and “Kingdom of Heaven.” Known as P.R.E.’s (Pura Raza Espanola’s) or Andalusians, these horses with their flowing manes and tails are one of the rarest breeds in the United States and have earned the reputation as horse of kings.
These horses are blessed with incredible beauty, kind nature and amazing athletic abilities and will compete in dressage, halter, performance and specialty classes including an American P.R.E. Idol Class the National Champion Spanish Walk, Piaffe and Passage classes, rail classes, Prix Caprilli, and carriage/driving Working Equitation. The show starts at 8 a.m. daily and is free to the public.
Included in the show will be exhibitions throughout each day, an Art Expo, silent auction, a live auction of a Pure Spanish filly, vendors and a variety of educational clinics, including two seminars sponsored by Yeguada Centurión featuring the Top Horse Presenter in Spain, Daniel Isidoro Muñoz and Breeding Farm Technical Director, Alberto Abajo. On Saturday, Sept. 3 will be the Musical Freestyle Challenge where P.R.E.s will vie for a $5000 cash prize.
Highlighting the show will be two ticketed events. On Thursday Sept. 1 beginning at 7 p.m., Mexican Heritage Night will feature the Mexican Heritage Freestyle Event followed by the El Puma de Sinaloa Concierto y Baile with special guest La Sonora de Colombia. On Saturday Sept. 3 beginning at 7:30p.m., the new production of The Horse of the Kings Theater will be presented which tells the story of the P.R.E. This play brings beautiful horses into the spotlight as they perform and dramatically show the history of the Spanish Horse as the audience enjoys the art of Classical Dressage (horse dancing), Liberty, Doma Vaquera, and Spanish Garrocha in a colorful performance with music, lights and dancers.
There will be a special appearance by the incredible stallions and trainers of the renowned Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Both special events are fundraisers for the foundation and tickets (VIP packages available) can be purchased through the South Point Box Office by calling 702-797-8055. For a complete listing of events, to sign up for clinics or see the show schedule, visit www.prehorsecelebration.com or www.prehorse.org or contact the foundation at 505-294-0800.