A visit to Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art (or Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre) in Jerez is a sight to behold!
Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art (or Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre) in Jerez, Andalucia, Spain is a stunning place. Impeccably clean for a place filled with many horses, many of them stallions.
It is devoted to conserving the ancestral abilities of the Andalusian horse, maintaining the classical traditions of Spanish baroque horsemanship. The show is worth watching, the control they have over these large Andalucian stallions is astonishing and envious. Watching them dance on the spot and perform such show-stoppers as the Capriole makes you wonder how they do it.
You will be denied to Lomo inside the arena, stables or museum but outside by the arenas is fair game. Here you can watch riders and drivers of the large carriages warm up and cool down, all friendly and willing to stop for photos. You may have to elbow your way through other tourists for the privilege though!
The crowds that gather make it worthwhile getting there early. You are allowed to wander through the museum and into the stables where many stallions stand patiently, some butt to butt, ignoring each other. This wouldn’t happen in the UK – they’d be kicking the bejeezus out of each other! Another shocker was watching a groom lead one of his finely turned out stallions into the newly mucked out stable, with fresh straw, with a freshly lit cigarette hanging on his lip. Fire hazard anyone? But this is the Spanish way!
Worth a visit!! I loved it. Even the non-horsey can enjoy it!