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Cavalia Calgary Review

Cavalia is essentially, a Cirque du Soleil performance with horses. I don’t go out of my way to attend this sort of thing but my wife insisted so this is my review.

Before my wife demanded that we attend this event, I had never heard of Cavalia. A minute or two of googling video clips and I was pretty well informed. My wife managed to book our tickets before the show was widely advertised. She read about it in a horse magazine. As a result, we had front row center on the premiere night in Calgary. They call them Rendezvous tickets and come with a hefty $200 price tag but so worth it.

Once in awhile you get front row seats to something and you find yourself wishing you were further back just to see the whole show. This was not the case. These had to have been the best seats in the house. The performers were literally ten feet in front of us with a perfect unobstructed view of the entire staging area. I was getting dirt on my pants and shoes. It was just incredible.

Included with the passes was access to the Rendezvous lounge before, during intermission, and after the show. There was an open bar with wine and other beverages. We had no trouble finding a table for the four of us either. Lineups were almost nonexistent too. I had read otherwise in another review. There was a decent mixture of h’orderves too. Included as well is a free gift which is a program that costs other attendees $15. I haven’t looked at it yet but it seems nice enough. There was also a gift shop exclusive to the Rendezvous pass holders. No substantial lineups here either. Even the freaking parking was exclusive to us. We were a two minute walk from the door (Free too but only because it was opening night. It’s $20 otherwise). I really eat up this kind of treatment. It was worth every penny.

The performance itself was breathtaking. I traditionally loath circuses but this was completely different. There was no ringmaster taunting any animals to milks some ooohs and ahhhs from the audience. There was no stress at all. This was a showcase of the love. The animals and humans were perfectly in tune with one other as well as with the musicians who performed live.

The horses were incredible. Many of them were bred specifically for the show while others were from animal rescue ranches in Alberta. There was even a mustang in the bunch. I had never seen one up close before.

The show was about two hours in total which was long enough. It was mostly a mixture of dressage, acrobatics and trick riding. My wife is the horse trainer in the family but I was pretty blown away by what I was seeing too. What they were doing with these animals isn’t easy.

We didn’t stay for the after party though we did wander the stables to check out the horses. By the end of the show, we were more than ready to head back to the hotel. My only regret that my unborn baby could only hear the show and not see it.

My conclusion is to get the $200 Rendezvous passes. They made the night so much more fun and stress free.

On a side note, I was pure awesome seeing much of the cast of Heartland there in the front row with us.

Summer’s Winding Down

I figured I’d post a plain old blog post for the day to day tag just because it’s been awhile.

It’s September already. I’ll be 33 in seven days or something. I’m not as bothered about getting older this year as I have been in past years. Life is good.

My wife and I have settled into married life but we’re still as silly around each other as we ever were. It’s not the cold boring married life that people expect.

We’ve got our horse boarding business up and running. We’re expecting 10 horses on the acreage by the fall with a constant flow of emails from people wanting to bring their horses. We’ve drawn the line at 10 horses this year including a young stud and a colt. We have two of our own horses as well.

Regal is Lynn’s thoroughbred. He’s come down with a bout of “cushings” and lost a lot of weight but he’s getting better.

Raine’s our newest quarter horse. She’s settled in well though she’s the only female on the pasture right now so I think she’s really milking the attention. Lynn’s been working on breaking her all summer. It’s been a longish process since we’re both working and setting up the horse boarding business.

However, I did manager to sit in the saddle yesterday without Raine throwing me off. She just looked back and saw it was me up there and went back to her oats. I figured that surely I’d get tossed off when the oats ran out like where were sand in an hour glass but I survived that too even though she did get little restless. Raine’s got a long way to go before we’re riding along the train tracks but she’s getting there.