Saddle up for Cavalia


It’s not unusual for kids to have an obsession with a particular animal – in my house we’ve done elephants and lions, and my nine-year-old son is into his fifth (!) year of being interested in sharks. But there is one particular animal that I think dominates the interest stakes – horses. Whether you have a simple piebald pony dream or fancy yourself tearing away on a silver brumby, horses capture the imagination of kids and grown-ups alike.


Saddle up for Cavalia! It’s billed as an ‘equestrian extravaganza’ but my first thought when I saw a snippet of the amazing Cavalia was Cirque du Soleil-meets-horses (in fact, Cavalia was created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil).

Stunt riding, acrobatics, aerialists and forty-four magnificent horses come together for Cavalia. It’s a unique mix of equestrian and performing arts, multimedia and special effects and the show has thrilled audiences around the world. Cavalia, originally based in Canada, has arrived in Australia and is touring Sydney and Melbourne over the coming months.


Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse is in Sydney from May 15, 2013 until June 2, 2013 at The Showring at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. Following that, Cavalia moves to Melbourne where it will open on August 7, 2013, under the gleaming White Big Top at The Docklands. Tickets are priced from $44 – $164 and are on sale online at Cavalia or by calling 1800-765-955. For truly horse-mad fans, a Horse Lovers Package ($144 – $325) lets patrons tour Cavalia’s stables after the show (special pricing is also available for children).


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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