Cavalia’s horses were unveiled for the first time in Singapore, after a five-week grass grazing break in Brussels
Text: Joanna Goh
Photos: Lee Wei Lin
Video: Foong Mien Shi & Vina Chia
Equestrian theatre show Cavalia’s main stars had a royal welcome in Singapore on Monday morning when its mighty stallions made their first media appearance on the red carpet walk outside of the show’s big theatre tents at Bayfront Avenue.
The large media turnout and red carpet treatment were not their only VVIP incentives, however. Its fleet of 50 horses also received plenty of pampering attention at their stables, which is outfitted to resemble the exact design and layout as what we saw in Brussels. What makes it different, though, is the large orange air-conditioning tubing hung around the stables to keep it at a constant comfortable temperature of 26 degree Celsius in Singapore’s sweltering heat.
The horses had arrived in Singapore a couple of days ago via a Boeing-747, after a five-week grass-grazing vacation in Brussels, and are currently still in quarantined state, according to Fairland Ferguson, a stunt rider who has been with Cavalia for six years.
Cavalia’s Director of Artistic Equestrian Operations, Marc Olivier Le Prohon, who travelled with a group of 37 horses on a 12-hour flight from Brussels to Singapore last week, shared that their group of five to eight people, including a veterinarian, had to check on the horses at 1 to 2 hour intervals during the flight to make sure they are safe and healthy.
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