Southern California’s Largest Family-Oriented Equestrian Event May 1-5 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center
Whether you love horses or just beautiful things, the Fiesta Charity Spectacular is the place to be. On Saturday afternoon, May 4, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank will host the 15th Annual Fiesta Charity Spectacular, a Broadway-style extravaganza showcasing magnificent performing horses, including some of the stunning breeds featured in Cavalia… all at a budget-friendly price!
This festive, family-oriented event unites horses, musicians, dancers, celebrities, and many other entertainers to raise funds for USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It is the highlight of a five-day, multi-breed horse show and competition (May 1-5), which draws beautiful horses of Spanish origin from across the country, creating an unparalleled equine affair!
“There’s something for everyone the week of Fiesta, many activities the entire family can enjoy,” says producer Joanne Asman. “The days are packed with horse show competitions of many breeds and disciplines, and the capstone of the week is the Fiesta Charity Spectacular. The gates open Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., when the show grounds come alive with musicians, dancers, vendors, cultural demonstrations, and equine appearances. The show barns are open for attendees to see the horses up close, and there is a silent auction and two special raffles. The evening Spectacular and formal exhibition begins at 5 p.m. and is filled with exciting acts. It’s pretty much a total cultural and equine immersion experience.”
One of Southern California’s largest and most revered equestrian charity events, the Fiesta Charity Spectacular’s celebratory atmosphere attracts a broad audience from across the region. “I don’t even own a horse, but I love Fiesta,” says Amy Navarrete, who has attended for many years. “I come to watch some of the horse show classes — the horses are breathtaking! And, the Saturday evening Spectacular is amazing. The exhibitions are really something to see — my kids love it.”
Fiesta is supported by numerous celebrities, who have played active roles in furthering the tradition year after year. This year’s evening Spectacular entertainment line-up promises to be one of the best yet, with lots of surprises in store! The horse show begins Wednesday, May 1, with open dressage, and runs through Sunday, May 5. Competitions for breeds and disciplines such as Andalusians, PREs, Lusitanos, Friesians, Paso Finos, Peruvian Pasos, Plantation Walkers, rare Costarricense De Pasos, Western, English, Carriages, Reining, and Trail will be held Thursday—Sunday. The show competitions are open to the public and free of charge.
Gates open at 2 p.m. for the Saturday Fiesta Charity Spectacular festivities, and the evening show begins at 5 p.m. in the Equidome. This popular show has sold out in past years, so advance purchase tickets are highly recommended. Ticket prices for the Charity Spectacular range from $10—$35 (age 4 & under free). For more information, call (818) 842-8444 or visit FiestaSpanishHorse.org for more information.