Billed as “A Musical Celebration of the HORSE”, Fantasia is a separate show, separate admission, that wraps up the night.
Most of the people I spoke with go every year.
I had a great seat. I was near an entry/exit to the ring and only 1 tier up. The lighting by now was all artificial. It was full dark outside so no light from the windows to help. As good as my seat was, it was still too far for a flash to be any help. Photography would be a challenge, for sure.
The first act, Jeff Wilson riding Delview Catskill Valiant (Morgan) was done with the lights out. Just a spotlight followed the pair. I just didn’t have the equipment to capture that and some of the other acts with similar lighting.
The Opening Ceremony consisted of 3 parts. A solo ride on a Morgan, The Canadian Cowgirls Drill Team and The National Anthem/Our Heroes.
Melissa Serra performed the National Anthem and it was magnificent, a beautiful rendition but the segment titles “Our Heroes” had me fighting tears, it was so beautiful.
Next up…Extreme Roman Riding
The rider did all the stunts standing on the backs of his pair of Paints.
He did jump the Fire but I only caught the moment after he landed.
Patriotic Fusion was next. A Quarter Horse and rider. A serious piece and demonstration.
Followed by some fun. Chariots of Fire started out with quite the surprise! 2 Roman Chariots each drawn by a miniature donkey.
The crowd roared with approval. So cute, but that wasn’t all.
After a couple of swings around the ring the gates opened again and they were joined by a miniature horse ! That miniature horse was so fat it made me think of a pot bellied pig.
These were the warm up show for the big boys.
Remember those funny little horses? the Icelandic. They had their own segment called Icelandic Fairy Tails.
And the last act before Intermission was visiting from “Down Under” The “Aussie” Cowboy and his “brumbies” His Outback Gang.
During admission the horse show equivalent of the Zamboni prepared the ring for the 2nd half.