Spanish Dancing Horses

The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is located in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. This school is devoted to developing and maintaining the classical dressage style of Spanish riding. 
The baroque and neoclassical style of the buildings and grounds of the Royal Andalusian School gives you the impression that this facility has been in existence for a long time. However, it was as recent as 1973 when King Juan Carlos I awarded Don Alvaro Domecq Romero the “Caballo de Oro” (Golden Horse) trophy in Jerez de la Frontera.
In this spirit the Ministry of Information and Tourism purchased the estate “Recreo de las Cadenas”.” An expansive property of Duke of Abrantes, this central location provided superb facilities for the development of the school. 

Demonstration of The Spanish Walk with an Andalusian horse.

Upon our arrival to visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, the crowd waited for the gates to open. With two Spanish policeman on elegant white Andalusian horses our journey into the world of hoofbeats in the air began.
Upon entering the grounds of the school the well manicured gardens, and elegant buildings left us mesmerized by their beauty and grace. The main castle “El Recreo de las Cadenas” was built between 1861 and 1868 for the wine and sherry producer Julian Pemartin Lombarde in the French style by Charles Garnier who designed the Paris Opera house. 
The main building at the school is the exhibition arena which is known as a “Picadero” and yellow Albero sand is used for painting the trim along a bright white background.
Within the exhibition area there is seating for 1,600 people and while photographs can be taken prior to the show, no photos or video may be taken during the show. 
The exhibition displays the finest riders and horses in the all of Spain. They show remarkable synchronicity and harmony between horse and rider. Dressed in traditional Spaniard costumes from the 18th and 19th century the equestrian pairs dance throughout the show in perfect harmony. The music intertwines with the coordinated movements of such elegance and grace. All of the advanced dressage movements are demonstrated throughout including all of the “Airs above the ground.”   
Strolling the botanical gardens prior to the equestrian presentation one is able to watch the students working their horses in the outdoor arena. It was all I could do to try to hijack one of the riders and get on and try to ride one of these marvelous beasts.

Training at the outdoor arena


Views of the actual show


Sherry traditionally poured by a Spaniard.

9 replies »

  1. good post – you write a captivating account of your visit – i have to delve more into your travels – and from our correspondence i know of your interest in the Andalusian

    • Thanks Will ! You would have loved going to the Royal School. Just beautiful horses ! I’ve gone away from the horse aspect on my blog, but hope to bring it back soon after my Peru postings.

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