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Performances at SICAB 2008

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Photos this page taken at SICAB, Sevilla, Spain

by Avi Cohen

Alvaro Domecq,  SICAB 2008 performance

“The piaffe and passage remain the calling card of the breed, and ability for it is everywhere and, frankly, overwhelming. Young untrained colts show an aptitude while standing in line in a class or walking off with their handlers, and the trained horses simply all do it.


My rider and I stood for hours at the schooling rings, watching Spanish horses in all types of tack, with all types of riders, executing piaffe and passage willingly and with ease, at levels rarely seen in American Grand Prix rings.


This breed has a natural affinity for the highly collected movements.


The piaffe and passage are elements of basic horse training in all the Spanish riding traditions, unlike the German system where these movements are attempted later in a horse’s training and considered the peak of dressage performance.


That said, many of the Spanish horses that can perform easily a competitive piaffe and passage may never have the more forward gaits that the sport of dressage requires.


However, as a greater understanding of the demands of modern competitive dressage (or Doma Clasica in Spanish) spreads among the breeders in Spain, a

well-rounded horse is emerging that offers both the collected aptitude as well as the ability to lengthen and amplify the strides. “


Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer  Hampton Green Farms


From the EuroDressage article SICAB 2005

Performances I

Performances II

Performances III

Performances IV

SICAB Cobras of Mares

Spectacular Demonstrations

Champions ~ Campeones

the Colors of Sicab

the Flavor of Sicab

Sicab Breeder Pavilion

Sicab Vendor Pavilions


Sicab Competitors



Royal School of Equestrian Arts



Spanish Equestrian Culture



Breed History and Development



The Feria ~Festival of the Horse






Mythos Home


Fuego  owned by Miguel Angel Cardenas

2008 Olympic Dressage Team