The show staging twenty horses and riders in a succession of various exercises shows the diversity of classical riding.
The work on foot, rarely shown outside the Academies, is quite spectacular : the horse, freely moving next to the rider, is controlled by the fingertips and through the mere indications of a stick the horse performs all the airs of the Haute Ecole (passage, piaffe, Spanish walk and trot) and the so-called "elevated" airs : levade, cabriole etc.
At the long reins the work shown is even more captivating : the rider follows the horse and manipulates it through longer reins.
The horse trots and gallops very slowly, but energetically, allowing the rider to follow on foot and make the horse perform all exercises of the Haute Ecole.
The mounted works shows all aspects of the classical art of riding, of "Haute" and "Basse Ecole".
The horse is calm but energetic.
It shows its grandeur and nobility reaching sheer perfection in these more noble breeds.
Its equilibrium remains present in the most demanding exercises and the horse seems to move with great ease.
In the airs of haute ecole as passage and piaffe, the horse becomes round and lowers its haunches.
The elevation of its forehand reveals its beauty, grandeur and nobility.
Years of training are needed before these elevated gaits can be obtained.
The spectator, familiar with horses of high stature, will be surprised to see these horses of relatively small height - 1,55 m to 1,65 m - but will quickly understand that these horses are real athletes : strong, generous and indefatigable.
It is a great horse of small stature.
The Belgian public has always been very enthusiastic when attending the representations of the Belgian Academy purporting to show the artistic talents of the horse.