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2005 FEI World Endurance Championships Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The Animals Downunder team were commissioned by Kevents (an Italian Production Company) to choreograph the horse components for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies held in the desert nearby to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The following newspaper excerpt from The Gulf News will give some idea of the grandeur of this occasion .

Glittering start to World Endurance Championship Dubai: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence, declared the FEI World Endurance Championship open yesterday at an impressive opening ceremony at the Dubai International Endurance City.

Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and President of the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, also attended last night's opening ceremony.

Princess Haya Bint Hussain of Jordan, Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, Sultan Mizan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Malaysia along with a host of dignitaries attended the ceremony.

Shaikh Rashid Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Shaikh Majid Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum, Shaikh Hazza Bin Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Shaikh Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan all members of the UAE team were also present last night.

Riders from all participating countries were also present along with the riders, officials from the 42 countries participating in the world championship, being held here for the second time.

The 160-km ride will be held tomorrow and will be run in six stages.

The UAE team is being led by Shaikh Mohammad, who is also the reigning European Open Champion.

The current world champion is also from the UAE, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum having won the title in Jerez, Spain, in 2002.

This 2005 edition of the World Endurance Championship has attracted a record number of 186 riders from 42 countries and is the single largest equestrian championship ever held.

The Opening Ceremony segments represented the 42 participating nations, with the flag presentation of each country as the finale.

The Closing Ceremony (Medal Presentation) was a tribute to the Arabian horse. Over 50 riders/horses participated in the ceremony, performing a number of intricate manoeuvres and patterns, with the finale a magnificent golden fireworks display.

Man from Snowy River Arena Spectacular – Australian Tour

This was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of our lives. With our involvement in the Spectacular from the grass roots ….around the meeting tables in Sydney with David Atkins, Ignatius Jones and Jacobsen Entertainment… to the final performance in Brisbane in front of a home crowd filming the Arena Spectacular DVD. The show travelled over 16,000 kms to standing ovations in every capital city.

Animals Downunder sourced and supplied all the horses, riders, wagons, horse equipment, transport, saddlery, and horsey accommodation, feed and veterinary.

Based on the legendary Banjo Patterson poem and inspired by Sydney 200 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. The Man from Snowy River poem tells the story of a young man, mounted on a small mountain pony, who riders out with the experienced stockmen in pursuit of a runaway horse. Because of his size and the size of his pony he is ridiculed at first but when the brumbies take to the wild and rugged mountain tracts, he is and his pony grow in stature…. This unique and completely Australian Arena Spectacular captures the true essence of our countril and will undoubtedly touch the hears of every Australian.

Starring Georgie Parker, Steve Bisley, Charles “Bud” Tingwell, Lee Kernaghan and Martin Crews as “The Man”