pony dances performed by DeAnna Pellecchia & Ingrid Schatz
liberty horse Escorial "Pony" and trainer Sarah Hollis
Since 2006 DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz have been dancing with half-Andalusian half-Saddlebred, Escorial, otherwise known as 'Pony'. This highly-trained liberty horse does not bear rider or harness of any kind, taking cues from the dancers that are based solely on subtle and intricate body language. Through years of practice with Pony's trainer Sarah Hollis, Dee and Ing are able to direct Pony through movements that he has learned, all derived from his natural equine movement vocabulary. These “dance steps” include changes of direction, “waltzy” (a full turn in place), rearing, walking while on his hind legs, Spanish walk (an elegant, high, alternating extension of the front legs while walking), Spanish trot, lying down, sitting, and a number of other choreographed movements. Pony is able to weave these elements into improvisational dances with DeAnna and Ingrid.