A specially designed, 2,000-seat auditorium has been erected at Clapham Common for the event, which will feature numerous breeds such as the Arabian, Lippizaner, Fresian, Lusitano, Shire, Shetland, Andalusian and the miniature Falabella.
The show's central theme - the symbiosis of man's relationship with the horse at work, play and war - is explored through poetry, dance and expert riding. Highlights include daredevil Russian riders the Ali-Bek Cossacks of Cavkas (pictured), French comedy star Pieric and the UK debut of classical Spanish riding exponents Jubin and Ana Oliver.
The Spirit of the Horse is created and directed by Phillip Gandey and Nikki Fossett.
- by Terri Paddock