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Sable' Equestrian Theater
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Owner description: Sable Equestrian Theatre presents "Imagination on Sand", an unbelievable show delivered to you in sand by a world class sand artist and brought to life with incredible horses, trick riders, international dancers, comedy, and romance. A must see show that is sure to make you feel the magical experience which only one can "Dream" of.
Plainview, New York, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice show”
Reviewed August 26, 2014

The horses were beautiful and it was great to see the tricks the trainers could do with them / on them. The sand artist was good but she draws a picture between every act which sometimes felt a little monotonous and unnecessary to me although my bf loved it. Sitting in the front row is not recommended for the faint of heart as the horses come up on the railing at parts of the show. Overall it was worth the money and a nice evening out doing something different.

Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Tina G
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English first
Quincy, IL
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Truly enjoyed!”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

Brought my 2 and 6 year olds to the show along with my parents. We weren't sure what to expect, but we loved it! My 2 year old actually paid attention the whole time! That's how I know it was a success. We really enjoyed getting a taste of another culture and seeing the beautiful horses in action. The performers/trainers were all top knotch. Definitely go see! My only complaint is the late show time. Maybe starting an hour earlier would be better for families.

Visited August 2014
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4 Thank Rebsok03
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

The horses are beautiful, the sand art is amazing and the whole show rivals any Cirque du Soleil show we've seen! Definitely one to see.

Visited August 2014
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4 Thank Margo C
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Horse performance I've ever seen”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

I live in Gatlinburg and jumped at the chance to see this show and I will have to say it was even better than seeing the world famous Lipizzaner Stallions which perform in very large arenas. This show was so close and personal practically in your lap, and the Russian dancers and acrobats and the artistry was one of the best I've seen. Especially enjoy the Russian performers. The woman that trains the horses was amazing. I have to go back again.

Visited August 2014
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5 Thank LodgingByJuneBug
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Amazing Performance!”
Reviewed August 21, 2014

The proper pronunciation of Sable` is ‘sub-LAY’. The theatre is relatively small and intimate, especially when you consider what the show involves. There aren’t any bad seats! “Sand” is an appropriate name for this theatre...and the show itself in entitled “Imagination in Sand”. Each segment of the show was preceded by one of a sand drawing artist's creative and quick sand drawings set to music and timed… She had to complete them quickly and accurately to fit the timing of the various acts. The drawings, projected on a very large screen, establish and describe the act to follow…

If you like horses, they, along with their talented trainers and riders, are the main component of the show. Twenty-five horses were featured in the show! Breeds included Andalusian, Canadian, Icelandic, Arabian and Lipizzaner. The trick riding performed by the cast was amazing… Equally amazing was the steady composure and gait of the horses as riders flung themselves off and on the horses…forwards, backwards, on the horses necks, their rumps and off the sides. Cast members include a variety of Russian, Ukrainian and American performers. They include dancers, acrobats, trick riders and circus performers...many of whom worked with the Moscow Circus as well as the Ringling, Barnum and Bailey circus here in the USA. Two of the male trick riders performed some totally mind boggling stunts…acrobatics, mounts and dismounts.

Every good show has to have a comedy component and the comedian and his co-star, an Icelandic horse, ably provided that ingredient. The horse is obviously a character all on his own as he was loaded with personality! The horse actually let his trainer roll him over on his back… At one point he mounted the horse’s chest like he was riding him upside down. In this bit, he pulls the horse’s front legs back and, as he reaches for his hat on a back leg, the horse stretches them out so he can’t grab it… Very clever! This performer is also a great trick rider… I have never seen anyone slide all the way under a horse at a full run and then come up the other side.

Sylvia Zerbini is the human headliner of the show...right after the horses! All communications are through gestures, body language, plus a few commands in French. She spoke to the audience following the show. As a girl, she spent days out in pastures with horses and she learned how they ‘talk’ or communicate with each other. At one point 9 horses raced around the small arena. At her gesture, they would stop on a dime, or break off into separate groups. Another time, she had one group of horses racing to the right and another to the left, barely brushing by each other! Her relationship and control was amazing…

We would heartily recommend “Imagination in Sand” at the Sable` Theatre! Even if you aren’t a ‘horse person’, the interactions between humans and horses are amazing. FYI...Children 12 and under are admitted for free! (Note: Flash photography and video recording is not permitted so the photo I have are limited to a couple taken outside the actual theater. To view photos and a video preview of the show, just copy and paste this website in your browser: http://www.sabletheater.com/.

Visited August 2014
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