Si­cab, 14-19 Nov, Seville, Spain

Horse & Hound - - Winter Show Guide 2017 -

THE stun­ning city of Seville hosts a yearly bash cen­tred around the PRE — the pure-bred Span­ish horse. Book your­self a bar­gain flight and you could be watch­ing th­ese flam­boy­ant equine ath­letes per­form in a va­ri­ety of mod­ern and more tra­di­tional dis­ci­plines, rang­ing from dres­sage and driv­ing to the cat­tle-work­ing skills of doma va­quera.

Wan­der among the lines of well-be­haved stal­lions and the pens con­tain­ing mares and foals straight from pas­ture, or jos­tle for a ring­side spot to see in-hand run-ups of the most promis­ing young­sters.

This cel­e­bra­tion of the PRE at­tracts many thou­sands of stylishly dressed spec­ta­tors, who come to talk horses and in­dulge their pas­sion of this cel­e­brated breed. A new de­vel­op­ment this year for Bri­tish fans is the COPA ANCCE PRE World Dres­sage Cham­pi­onships, for which seven qual­i­fiers were held through­out the UK this sum­mer. Among those in the run­ning for a place in the fi­nal 12 are Vicki Thomp­son-Win­field and her pure-bred stal­lion Mango Jac­aro, while Alice Hur­ley and Char­lotte Crocker-West­lake have qual­i­fied in the small tour classes.

NOT TO bE mISSED: the trade stands, where you can buy Span­ish leather boots and dry “fino” (sherry).

THE NITTy-GRITTy: adult evening arena seats start at ¤11.50. si­cab.org

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