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Lee Pearson in national tour

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Lee Pearson

  • Lee Pearson CBE with TV presenter Nikki Chapman.

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PARALYMPIC legend Lee Pearson CBE is again set to showcase his horsemanship as part of a national tour.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna has announced that Lee, along with Carl Hester MBE, will be performing in Sheffield as part of its 2014 UK tour.

For the first time ever the UK tour will be in Yorkshire, kicking off with three performances at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on October 31, and November 1 and 2.

This is the first time the majestic, highly trained horses and riders of the 430-year-old 'High School for Classical Horsemanship' will have performed in the North of England.

Fresh from their success at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, 10-times gold medallist Lee Pearson and dressage sensation Carl Hester will be opening the show with a master class to showcase some of the dressage moves that the modern day sport features.

Great Britain's emotional and history-making performance in dressage in the 2012 Olympics sparked phenomenal interest in the sport among the general public.

The tour is set to provide a unique and exclusive opportunity to witness a dressage performance by two of the sports greatest riders.

TV presenter and British Dressage Ambassador Nicki Chapman will host the performances.

Nicki will guide the audience through the wonderful display of horsemanship.

Lee Pearson said: "It's a true honour and a privilege to be performing alongside the Spanish Riding School once again. I was lucky enough to be part of the tour in 2013.

"The unparalleled harmony that I witnessed between horse and rider was absolutely memorising.

"It was a real inspiration for me as a rider.

"It will also be amazing to perform in front of an arena audience once again.

"London 2012 created a huge buzz around dressage and the opportunity to perform in front of 10,000 horse fans every night is completely thrilling."

The Spanish Riding School show is an impressive display of classical riding in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école.

The audience will be mesmerised by the absolute balance and harmony achieved by these beautiful White Lipizzaner stallions and their regal riders.

All of their famous in-hand work and movements above the ground such as the Capriole, Levade and Courbette will be performed.

Nicki Chapman added: "It's brilliant to have Carl and Lee on the tour. Both are true dressage legends and their success has ignited a strong passion for the sport across the country.

"To have such inspirational and charismatic riders performing alongside the celebrated and world-renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna is a dream come true and 'must-see' for any horse enthusiast."

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena dates include: Friday, October 31 at 7.30pm; Saturday, November 1 at 7.30pm; Sunday, November 2 at 3pm.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna at London's Wembley Arena dates include: Friday, November 14 at 7.30pm; Saturday, November 15 at 7.30pm; Sunday, November 16 at 3pm.

Tickets are on sale now, priced from £22.75 to £71.50 available from www.livenation.co.uk.

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