| Apr 11, 2014
The first time Rene Gasser spotted Javano, he knew the horse was something special. The Andalusian stallion’s beauty, grace and athleticism took his breath away.
“I fell in love with him the moment I saw him,” Gasser said of the 6-year old mare he purchased in 2012 from monks in the Cartuja region of Spain. “And his eyes were so beautiful.”
One of the world’s most iconic horse breeds, Andalusians, also known as the Spanish horse, are admired by equine lovers all over the world. Known for graceful leaps through the air, they have for centuries been a favorite subject of painters and sculptors.
“He’s the most talented horse I’ve ever owned,” Gasser added. “Everyone falls in love with him when they see him. He’s just extraordinary.”
Javano will demonstrate his talents as one of the stars of Gasser’s “Gala of The Royal Horses,” coming Saturday to the Lakeland Center and Sunday to the Forum in Tampa.
It marks the first time Gasser, creator and producer of the Gala, has brought the tour to North America.
Gasser, a seven generation master trainer and rider born in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, near the banks of the Rhein River, will feature 14 of the most celebrated breeds of horses. In addition to Andalusians, there will be Friesians, Lipizzaners and Arabians.
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