Horse ballet a crowd-pleaser at Boulder County Fair on Tuesday – Longmont Daily Timeson August 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm
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LONGMONT — Decorated horses were led in a choreographed dance around the indoor arena at the Boulder County Fairgrounds on Tuesday during the annual horse ballet performance.
The pink pointe shoes and tulle tutus of a ballerina were replaced with the ribbon-wrapped tail and taped hooves of a horse during one of the day’s most popular events.
Dozens attended the performances to watch the horses prance, trot and canter in circles around the dirt arena led by riders nudging them from one move to the next.
Performances varied from one horse and rider to a team of six synchronized miniature horses moving in formation pulling wagons containing one or two riders.
The miniature horses wore miniature cowboy hats and handkerchiefs and literally jumped through hoops garnering cheers from the crowded stands.
A horse named “Ready to Spark” was a fan favorite running full-speed across the arena and then kicking up dust as he came to a screeching halt just before reaching the arena barriers. The crowd roared as the horse spun in circles with the rider holding his arms out creating a whirlwind of dust around them to a country song.
Another crowd-pleaser was a black horse named Max, one of the largest animals in the afternoon performance, who wore a unicorn horn on his head and picked up his large hooves in a rhythmic motion to “The Last Unicorn.”
An equine performance group from Fort Collins dressed in renaissance costumes threw spears into hay barrels and cut the tops from props posted around the arena with swords as they rode their horses.
Longmont resident Sharyl Walls wore an American Indian costume and led her Tennessee walking horse Aussie in a routine about partnership.
“Aussie and I really are a team,” Walls said. “I led her while we’re out there, but at one point I forgot what came next and she just did it, like ‘Oh, we’re supposed to go over here now and do this.’”
Whitney Bryen can be reached at 303-684-5274 or email@example.com.