Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine-facilitated group services to children and adults with physical, social and mental health needs, will once again host the Royal Horse Gala, an elaborate process. Touring horse performance featuring eleven beautiful horses from around the world including Lipizzaner, Andalusian, Friesian and Arabian stallions and a quarter horse.
A portion of ticket sales and concessions from the two shows will benefit NTRC’s mission and operations. Concessions will be provided by Earth, Wine and Fryer Food Truck and Birdie’s Gelato.
Performances will be held at NTRC’s main indoor arena at 206 Ridge Drive, Naples, on December 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m.
“The highly acclaimed performance last took place at the NTRC in summer 2021 and was so well received that it sold out, leaving audiences wanting more.” said NTRC chief executive Martin de St. Pierre. “We are thrilled to partner with the Royal Horse Gala to bring this highly entertaining, family-oriented equine experience to Naples while raising critical funds for our expanding programs.”
About the Show
The Royal Horses Gala is created, produced and led by the world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser, who with the experiences of seven generations recreated an event only seen before at the famous riding schools of Vienna and Spain. Lipizzaner stallions and Andalusian horses come from Spain, while Friesian horses are from the Netherlands and Arabians from the Arabian Peninsula.
Europe’s royal horses are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, riders and torei. This performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. The entertaining shows feature beautiful horses, outstanding performers, elaborate costumes and traditional moves.
“The unique qualities of royal horses set them apart from all other breeds in the equine world. Their physical beauty and grace, along with exceptional courage and nobility, make them an object of admiration and a source of inspiration for horse lovers everywhere.” Gasser said.
Horses will perform traditional maneuvers that were once used on the battlefield, such as The Airs Above the Ground, Roman Riding and The Art of Garrocha. There will also be bareback riding performances. Arabians perform standing on their hind legs.
Gasser said it’s a rare event for people to see these beautiful horses live, adding that “There are only a handful of shows in the world that do what we do.”
Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-12. VIP tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children and include preferred front row seating and an opportunity to stay after the show for a special event. “Meet and pleased” and photo opportunity with Rene Gasser, riders and horses. A $5 donation to the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center is included in the ticket price. Tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to show time and can be purchased in advance online at GalaOfTheRoyalHorses.com or by calling 361-332 6305.
About Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
Founded in 1997, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with physical, social and mental health needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. . With a dedicated staff, herd of 16 horses and the assistance of nearly 400 volunteers, NTRC provides unique equine-assisted therapies to more than 800 participants per year. Through fundraising efforts, the organization is able to provide this vital therapy to those who need the service most, regardless of income level. Services are provided in partnership with local non-profit organizations and through physician referrals for people living with special needs and a range of emotional, learning and developmental disabilities. NTRC is the only center in Collier County accredited to “premier” level by the Professional Association of International Therapeutic Horsemanship. For more information about programs or volunteer opportunities, visit NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org or call 239-596-2988.